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Empey, Hattie M. (Mrs. W. B.)


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, Volunteer (email)
Date: 5/29/2013 at 20:49:40

Eight years ago Hattie May Bartlett enrolled as a student of Morningside
College. She is one of the few who endured the years of deprivation and
struggle about which we have heard so much, in contrast with the prosperity
of the present. But these very conditions have wrought in her these traits
of self-sacrifice, self-possession and submission to a marked degree.

Converted with thirteen at her home, Odebolt, Ia., during the pastorate of
Rev. H. K. Hastings, she was ripe for the influences of this Christian
college. From her earliest recollections, she has been predisposed to
missionary work. While still a child, she dreaded “Missionary Sunday”
because the sermon always disturbed her peace of mind. The earnest college
prayer meetings led her to a better understanding of her own heart and one
evening during a consecration service she said, “I don’t know what this may
mean to me.”

In the quiet seclusion of her country home—during a year’s absence from
school—the whole matter was “prayed through” and the surrender completely
made, “If God opened the way.”

Returning to M. S. C., the tasks here imposed were mastered one by one.
Faithful is the one word that characterizes the woman. The Atheneum Literary
Society has no more worthy name on its roll of members. The Y.W.C.A. was
guided safely during the first six months of its existence by her wisdom,
tact, and perseverance. The Missionary Study class was a chief source of
joy, and the Bible Study work was successfully carried through that first

Out of the abundance of her heart-experience, she eulogized “The American
Home” prior to receiving her Ph. B. last June.

Speaking of India, Mrs. Empey said, “India was in that consecration made
some years ago. I surrendered all then. I will be at ‘home’ in India
because God has placed me there. If I had not married Mr. Empey, I would
have gone alone.”

Source: Collegian Reporter
Morningside College, Sioux City, IA
October 27, 1900


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