With few exceptions, Ellen White’s statements about Oakwood fit into seven categories: Admonition, Condition, Instruction, Providence, Purpose, Support, and Vision.
1 Admonition:The appeals Ellen White made to the students and workers of Oakwood to be spiritual, evangelize the world and personally develop.
2 Condition:Mrs. White’s portrayal of Oakwood at the time she wrote.
3 Instruction:The heavenly directives Ellen White conveyed about the leadership of the school, its operation, the content of the curriculum, and other matters.
4 Providence:The God-ordained beginnings of Oakwood Ellen White spoke of so often.
5 Purpose:God’s object for Oakwood in the context of Christian education.
6 Support:Ellen White’s almost constant plea for financial, spiritual and missionary support for the fledgling institution.
7 Vision:The picture Ellen White painted of Oakwood’s providential purpose and divine destiny.