The Great Depression had struck! It was late in 1933, and work was hard to come by.
Herbert W. Armstrong was conducting Sabbath services in a one-room country schoolhouse just west of Eugene, Oregon. Ed Smith, who attended services with his wife, Emma, but made no vocation of Christianity at that point, was finding work hard to come by. Ed was a well-driller by trade, yet due to financial crisis, nobody could afford to drill wells.