This Happened in the Hills of Kentucky by John Vogel, published by Zondervan Publishing House.
Near Corbin, Kentucky, in the southeastern part of the state, may be found an institution known as the Galilean Childrens Home. “This Happened in Hills of Kentucky” is about the founding of this home and its progress.
The author, John Vogel, is the founder and director of the home. After graduating from the Chicago Christian High School he took a pre-seminary course at Calvin College. He left Calvin and after attending three other colleges in Chicago he went to the Moody Bible Institute. After leaving the institute he took his wife, Marguerite, and their daughter, Gladys, to the hills of Kentucky where they began their labors.
The home was born when the Vogels were asked to take an unwanted child and care for it. After they had taken the first child many more children were offered to them. As time went on more children were received it became necessary to purchase more land and to build new and larger buildings to accommodate the Vogels’ growing family. When traveling facilities became necessary a new bus was purchased. At present the Galilean Children’s Home cares for the children and has an efficient staff.
The children are trained not only physically, socially, and mentally, but above all spiritually. Not being satisfied with public education, the Vogels have started their own Christian grade school and have hopes for a Christian High school in the future. As yet there is no church building completed at the home.
The Vogels are undenominational. Their work is supported by no organization whatsoever, religious or otherwise. They work on the principle that we must live by faith, and by faith alone; that God will supply our daily needs if we are faithful to bur calling. They believe it is their duty to center their lives and prayers around those whom Christ calls The greatest, in the kingdom. They do no soliciting or advertising, but keep their work entirely a work of faith.
We might wonder; and possibly rightly so about some of the method and ideas employed by the author. As has been said, he is undenominational. There is no completed building to serve as a center of worship for those at the home. Various church organizations have offered to finance or help finance the work, but their offers have been rejected because as the author supposed, this would give evidence to a weakening of faith.
Although we might wonder at parts of the book, we certainly cannot wish to leave the impression that the book is left better unread. It can be read with much benefit by our readers. We cannot help but become amazed at the work which the Vogels are carrying on. Not only do we see the wonderful workings of God in the building of the home, but we also receive a vivid portrayal of life in the hills of Kentucky. The book is educational and spiritual enlightening.