A tram took him downtown to the Presbyterian College. He sprang through halls and knocked jubilantly on Scrimger’s office. When called, he met the professor and McCarter with warm, excited hand-shakes.
Scrimger said, “Reverend McVicar sends his apologies.”
“I heard it said he is an exemplary professor and I know how much the Mission means to him,” said Ignacz. “Might I begin in asking the Lord to bless us today?”
Scrimger agreed. Ignacz kneeled on the floor. McCarter felt his sixty-eight years as he followed him down; nothing he wasn’t used to.
“Our Father, bless our meeting here today. Grant us wisdom and take us from sin, purify our hearts and possess our SOULS.”
His voice rose and McCarter opened one eye. Ignacz’s arms were outstretched and shaking. Then he brought them in, his hands clenched in front of his chest, eyes closed so tightly.
“IN YOUR NAME WE ASK GUIDANCE, and compassion, to spread forth your love, and work in your name. AMEN.”
“Amen,” said all. Scrimger took a seat his desk. “Thank ye both for coming. When Reverend McCarter reached out to the Presbytery, they looked hard at his eight years service; to them, to the mission to the Jews. Funds are in short supply they said. Then he forwarded your proposal, Mr. Trebitsch.”
“Yes, we have been corresponding for two years, before my baptism in Brecklum and while I studied in New York.”
“Ignacz would be a valuable asset,” said McCarter. “A bargain, I’d say.”
Ignacz slapped his knee and a smile took over his face. He looked at McCarter, chuckling as well. Scrimger nodded. His Dumfries accent was heavy but Ignacz had already figured him out.
“The Presbytery Committee and the College agree. Good news, eh? Mr. Trebitsch is invited to enrol , finish his studies here and draw a wage as an employed assistant at the Mission.”
Ignacz nearly shook McCarter’s arm off. Then he was over the table clutching Scrimger’s elbows.
“Thank you,” said McCarter.
“Yes,” said Ignacz. “I hope we can begin right away: this moment. There are souls to be saved. Praise God! May he light the path before us!”