God's Oasis in the Desert—Castle Valley
"We have been praying"—these words appeared in the June 1970 family letter of the Stonecave Institute located near Dayton, Tennessee. Because someone somewhere was praying, many Adventist self-supporting institutions have been opened. This was true of Castle Valley Institute near Moab, Utah.
The Stonecave workers had been reading in chapter 6 of 2 Kings. The first three verses especially caught their attention. Here is recorded Elisha's interesting experience with an axhead that floated. These verses also had a message for them, the Stonecave members believed.
"And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. Let us go, we pray and make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go."
In Elisha's day there was need of expansion. "The place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us." The sons of the prophets wanted to move out and build. They had a practical plan. "Let us go...unto Jordan, and take every man a beam, and let us make us a place there." They knew where they wanted to go, and they had a plan for the building work.
The Stonecave family had been studying counsel in the spirit of prophecy regarding the establishment of more small medical-educational institutions.
"Some may ask, 'how are such schools to be established?' We are not a rich people, but if we pray in faith, and let the Lord work in our behalf, He will open ways before us to establish small schools in retired places for the education of our youth, not only in the Scriptures and in book learning, but in many lines of manual labor."—Counsels to Teachers, page 204.
"We have been praying," the leaders in Stonecave wrote, "that God will open the way for another school to be established. We have come to the place here where we cannot take in more students and give the proper training. We are getting too large."