In the home of the Howlands in Topsham, Maine, Henry Nichols White was taken very ill and soon lapsed into unconsciousness. Nothing they or their friends could do brought relief. Recognizing that they had made their little Henry an excuse for not traveling and laboring for the good of others, they feared that God was about to remove the basis for their excuses.
Agonizing in prayer, they pledged God that if the child's life were spared they would go forth trusting in Him wherever He might send them. By faith they claimed the promises of God.From the hour of this resolution and consecration the fever turned, and Henry began to recover.