KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | February 2014

Sunnyside's Not-So-Sunny Neighbors

By Savannah Krick, Grade 6

About 100 years ago, Ellen White and her helpers lived on a beautiful property in Australia. It was called Sunnyside. Everything was fine until one day things started disappearing. Sometimes it was the laundry off the line. Sometimes garden tools went missing. Even food vanished on occasion. People started grumbling. Then everyone lost their patience.

The clothes were gone again. Everyone complained to Sara, one of Mrs. White’s closest friends and a nurse who lived with her. They were sure they knew who was doing it—Sunnyside’s not-so-sunny neighbors over the hill. The complaining got loud, and everyone was ready to retrieve his or her stolen things. Sara could not do anything to stop them. Just then they heard a voice from upstairs. “It’s Mrs. White,” they whispered.

Sunnside present today“I’ll be back,” said Sara. When she returned, she had a smile on her face and said, “We are going to get a watchdog, and that will take care of everything from now on.” This is how Tig, short for Tiglath-Pileser, came to live at Sunnyside. 

But Tig wasn’t a very good watchdog.  All he did was wag his tail and give a quiet bark at the shadows that showed up at night. Things continued disappearing. 

One Friday afternoon the Sabbath dinner that had been carefully baked and left on the back porch to cool (as they did not have refrigerators back then) disappeared. “I’ll go talk to the people on the other side of the hill,” said Mrs. White. She and Sara got into the carriage and off they went. When they got

to the home and knocked, the people answered then slammed the door in their faces. This went on

for quite a while, with Mrs. White and Sara going over every day.

Then one day, as they went for their daily visit, they found a door half open. 

“Go away; someone is very sick,” said a voice. 

Mrs. White replied, “But I am your neighbor, and I have a nurse with me.” They let them in, and Sara treated the sick man until he got well. Suddenly things changed. Stolen items reappeared. All sorts of people started coming to Sunnyside for treatment. The neighbors became friendly. Many of their lives were changed by Jesus, and they became Seventh-day Adventists. 

I’m glad Jesus helped Ellen White to be wise and patient so that things worked out for the best. If we trust Him, He will make everything work out for us, too.