In April and Mai 1879 the Whites and 30 Adventists from Texas were on their way to Oklahoma. At some point as they journeyed north, the Whites, accompanied by eight or 10 of the group, broke away from the caravan to hasten on to the camp meeting they had promised to attend in Emporia, Kansas; the rest turned west en route to Boulder.
While James White reveled in the venture, Ellen did not. She and Marian carried the burden of housekeeping and of providing the meals for their part of the traveling group. Marian often worked late in the night with inconvenient camping equipment. There was another point that perplexed Ellen Whiteówas all this necessary and in the line of duty?
The group heading for the camp meeting at Emporia, Kansas, reached Okmulgee, Indian Territory, on Friday, May 9. That evening James White was invited to speak in the Indian council house; Ellen White addressed the people the following evening.