As the work proliferated, Ellen and James faced the problem of where they should most profitably devote their time and add their presence.
They had not been in the West since 1878. Now reports were coming from California that since Loughborough had been assigned to the newly opened work in England proper provision had not been made for the growing work in the West. Help was needed. Two weeks later S. N. Haskell and W. C. White, accompanied by Ellen White, were on their way to California.
James remained in the East to care for the many administrative duties he had willingly accepted at the General Conference session.
Ellen threw herself into the program of strengthening the churches in California, Oregon and Washington and attended two camp meetings.