Elmer L. Jorgenson (1886-1968)

On Friday afternoon, June 10, we bade them goodbye, saw’ them through the gates and aboard the train for the first lap of their long journey. I speak of Herman J. Fox, strong, clean, gifted, grounded in the faith, and in the lore of God, absolutely and unreservedly surrendered, princely Christian man—who, with Sarah, his brave and devoted bride, is now enroute as a missionary to Japan. They are at this writing “somewhere in Arizona,” having stopped for preaching at a number of points on the way; and they will sail from San Francisco, about July 14, the Lord willing.

      On Lord’s day night, June 6, at the Highland Church, Louisville, they were commended unto God, and sent out, for the work whereunto He has called them, in the manner indicated in Acts 13:3, 4, and Galatians 2:9, 10. This makes a total number of five young people who have gone from this church as missionaries to Japan within the last two or three years, all of whom give every evidence of faithfulness and great usefulness there.

      Herman Fox is an uncommon man. Against his life and faith not even an enemy—if he had one—could find one single thing to say. Unreproached and irreproachable, beloved and lovable, of a bright mind, an unselfish soul, a pleasing address, a good voice in singing, an unusual talent as a speaker, a passion for souls and for his mighty Savior—these, coupled with excellent executive ability, are the qualities that would have made him a ringing evangelist in this country.

     Those who know them are accustomed to say, “There is only one other man like Herman— and that is his twin brother, Harry.” In the strenuous labors of the past year, labors on our magazine, on the song-book, and in the local congregation, Herman has been hands and feet to me, my true-blue brother and helper, and no one shall miss him as I do. Yet no one has greater joy in his going. It is God’s vindication of the faith and soundness of the Highland church, and of the simple, New Testament manner of carrying on missionary activities (without societies and without the modern money-raising methods) that these five missionaries have thus gone out from us.

     The elders have invited all the churches of Christ in Jefferson county (outside of Louisville) to co-operate with the Highland church in these missionary activities; and with one possible exception, all have responded favorably.