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High Honors to a Missionary to the front. Colleges and schools The Kaiser-i-Hind Gold Medal of
and organizations to produce and cirthe First Class has been conferred on
culate Christian literature have to Dr. J. C. R. Ewing by King Edward
face fresh conditions. The friendly VII., in recognition of many services,
attitude of officials and literati opens especially in connection with his
up wider spheres of influence and chairmanship of the Earthquake Re
evangelistic effort. Since 1890 Protlief Fund. This is one of the high
estant missions in China have nearly est honors the government can be
trebled their forces, while the imstow, and yet the Hindu and Mo- proved conditions of residence and hammedan journals say: "The medal
travel in the interior invite a great
new forward movement. itself gains distinction by being associated with the name of our good Dr.
The publication of the proceedings Ewing."
may be expected to bring vividly be
fore the Church of Christ the marChristian Endeavor in India
velous progress which has already
been made, as well as the extent of At a recent Endeavor convention,
the field yet to be occupied. There held in Allahabad, 613 societies with will also be afforded a fine oppor25,000 members
were represented. tunity for forming an opinion as to Delegates were gathered from all
the true nature of the change which parts of India; from Madura, 1,500 is passing over the Chinese people, miles to the south; Daska, in the
and there will be a discussion of the Punjab, another 1,000 miles to the
problems confronting missionaries northwest ; Barisal, hundreds of miles
and all reformers in the Far East. to the east; Bombay, far to the west,
The gathering promises to be most and the intervening regions. The
important, and we hope that no diffiChurch of Scotland, the American
culty will be experienced in raising Methodists, the English Baptists, the
the funds which friends in America English and American Congregation- and England are asked to contribute alists, the American Reformed and
toward the necessary expenses. Rev. Presbyterians, the Christians, and the
Dr. G. F. Fitch, Shanghai, is treasChurch of England were the princi
urer. pal denominations which had delegates present. Madrasis, Bengalese,
A Forward Movement in Shanghai Punjabis, Marathis, Sikhs, Hindis,
In December, 1905, an informal Scotch, Irish, English, Americans,
conference of 12 leaders of missions Canadians, Australians, and New
having Christian work in Shanghai, Zealanders formed the audience. It
met to discuss the need of a spiritual was a striking illustration of the in
forward movement. They decided terdenominational and cosmopolitan that to be most effective this should constituency and hold of Christian
be conducted by Chinese. Various Endeavor.
members consulted with their Chi
nese associates, with the result that The Great Shanghai Centennial
the Chinese clergymen and other The Centenary Missionary Confer- Christian workers met daily for ten ence, which will meet at Shanghai clays at the Chinese Y. M. C. A. to May 1, 1907, will celebrate the com- pray about the matter. pletion of the first hundred years of It was finally decided to invite Dr. Protestant mission work in the Ce- Y. S. Li and the Rev. B. D. Li, of lestial Empire. Momentous changes Suchou, to visit Shanghai after the have taken place since the last Con- New Year. Three thousand confesference in 1890. The growth and sion and praver cards were distribdevelopment of the native Chinese uted to Chinese Christians, and on Church have brought new problems February 13 meetings began which
were strictly limited to Christians. treated as ordinary coolies, and the For eleven evenings, in the midst of head of the family was furious over constant rain, an average of prob- the matter. I think he was the real ably 200 church members assembled instigator of the boycott." at the London Mission and Presby W. S. Allen, of Canton, thinks the terian chur ... Dr. Li addressed situation very serious. He says: the missionary prayer-meeting, and “The principal element in the agihis statement that the lack of spir- tation is the Chinese newspapers, itual power among Chinese Chris which have progressed wonderfully, tians was largely due to the same and are at last alive to the general lack among foreigners, who are the situation of affairs throughout the instructors and leaders of the Chi world and becoming a powerful nese, was received by an audience weapon. It is foolish to say that the conscious of its truth.
boycott or the reform movement in Mr. R. E. Lewis writes that Dr. general is weakening. It is just beLi's last meeting was largely attend- ginning. I think the whole trouble ed, and for two hours there was a could be compromised by allowing stream of prayer, testimony and con the coolies access to the Philippines fession of sin. The Yokefellows and I lawaii." Band at the Chinese Y. M. C. A. It is also said that one feature of planned a series of meetings for Eng- the national movement is the establish speaking non-Christians. These lishment of a Chinese independent have just closed having been ad Christian Church, the plan being to dressed by Mr. F. S. Brockman on oust all foreign missionaries. four evenings. Audiences larger A Chinese Presbyterian pastor than have ever t en crowded into the from San Francisco is said to head rooms listened; two after-meetings the movement at Shanghai, where were held with about fifty inquirers, $10,000 has been subscribed for the of whom twelve publicly expressed organization of the Chinese indetheir purpose in be Christians. Some pendent Church. of these men of prominent families, and will have opposition
A Message from Missionaries in China and temptation to face, but all of The following letter has recently those who definitely decided had been been sent to the members of the forin past years students in Christian eign mission boards and societies in colleges, but I made no open con all Christian lands, and is signed by fession of (1. St.-Chinese Recorder. twenty-two missionaries of various
boards with missions in Shanghai: The Chinese Boycott and Missions
"The students are the most inWilliam Hancock, for thirty-one fluential class in China, and heretoyears resident of China and Com fore they have been also the most missioner of Customs, who arrived conservative. There is no better inin America in Varch, says of the sit dex of the change which has come uation in China :
over the empire than the recent re“The principal causes of the unset markable exodus of 8,620 Chinese tled condition are the dissatisfaction students to Japan.
students to Japan. Probably there in Southern China over the indem has not been in the history of the nity resulting from the Boxer out world any such migration of students break which occurred in Northern from one country to another in an China, and the outrageous treatment equally brief period. These students accorded to the vealthy King family are from all parts of the empire and of China by customs officer in belong to the educated and official Boston when iring and his family classes. They are bound in the
route from England to future to influence mightily every China. King and his family were missionary interest throughout China.
“These students are living in Tokyo America, where he has a son, with amid dangerous conditions, tending whom he will remain in such quiet both toward extreme radicalism and as can be secured. The churches of great immorality. The good in America would welcome this aposfluences which might come from tolic missionary and gladly listen to Japan are practically shut off from his words of inspiration. But this them, because the Chinese students can not be expected at present. have but little knowledge of Japanese In a letter to Rev. W. Hopkyn or English, while the Japanese do not Rees, of Chi-chou, this beloved vetspeak Chinese. There are in Japan eran missionary states that he intends a number of revolutionary Chinese returning to China to finish his transpoliticians who are filling the minds lation of the Bible. Dr. John states of the students with fanatical anti that he "can not think of dying anyChristian and anti-foreign ideas. The where but in China." students are, therefore, in danger of becoming a real menace to China and
A Chinaman on China of To-day a serious hindrance to the missionary Said Kang Yu Wau recently, the enterprise.
president of the Chinese Reform As“The General Committee of the sociation : "China is no longer in the Young Men's Christian Associations dark ages. She has already reached of China, Korea, and Hongkong has the point where Japan was only 20 determined upon making an effort in years ago, after years and years of their behalf. The Shanghai Mission endeavor. This is not because the ary Association appointed a commit Japanese were slow in learning, but tee to call the attention of the boards rather because they were but pioof missions throughout the world to neers. They cooked, we ate. We this great need, and to ask their have now, for example, more than hearty cooperation with the Young 20,000 Chinese students pursuing adMen's Christian Associations in this vanced modern courses of study. As enterprise. The recent cooperation to common schools, some 5,000 have of the missionaries with the Japanese been started in the one province of Young Men's Christian Associations Canton. There are now 4,000,000 in the work among the Japanese Chinese who can speak English. Our troops in Manchuria affords a val courts are being remodeled after the uable example as to the results of English system. The number of such cooperation.
books we have translated into Chi“Contributions may be sent to the – text-books, technical works, honorary treasurer, Rev. A. J. Wal and treatises mostly indicates how ker, Shanghai; or to the National extensively the progressive movement Committees of the Young Men's is spreading. We have thus approChristian Associations of England or priated to our use over 10,000 AmerAmerica."
ican, English, and European works. The Boxer troubles are
over forDr. Griffith John in America
ever." Dr. Griffith John, who has just
Viceroys Crying Out Against Opium completed fifty years of missionary In the Chinese Times of a few service in China as a missionary of weeks since appeared the following: the London Missionary Society, has "The viceroys of Chihli, Liangbroken down physically, so that he Kiang. Liang-Kuang, and Liang-Hu has been obliged to leave China for have jointly telegraphed to the Waian indefinite period of rest. Dr. Jolin wupu (the Chinese Foreign Office), is seriously ill, and in order to escape requesting the Board to open negofrom such calls as would be sure to tiations with the British Minister in meet him in England, he will come to Peking, with regard to the scheme for
the adoption of an opium monopoly
On a recent Sabbath nearly in the provinces of China, and the 4,000 attended church services in this gradual reduction of the importation city (population, 20,000). In Syen of Indian opium, it being the inten- Chun the annual winter Bible and tion of the Chinese government to training class for men enrolled 1,140. limit the production of home-grown
Christian Endeavor in Korea opium, with the hope of getting rid of the opium-smoking evil in China In the Presbyterian mission at by gradual steps. The viceroys state Seoul, at the request of the women, that China can never become strong
who wished to be organized for more and stand shoulder to shoulder with active work, a young men's associathe powers of the world unless she tion previously existing having been can get rid of the habit of opium- given up, both men and women have smoking by her subjects, about one- organized a Christian Endeavor Soquarter of whom have been reduced ciety, the word "young" being to skeletons and look half dead. Their dropped. Some definite work is given excellencies add that by adopting the to every member, and there are comJapanese methods in Formosa, China mittees for preaching, visiting the can be saved in the course of the sick, attending at the hospital, looking next 30 years." We wonder what up delinquents, distributing tracts, etc. reply will be made by the liberal gov- Every Sunday different sections of ernment now in power.
the city are visited by companies of The Unique Offering in Korea
these Endeavorers, who go forth to A few months ago we reported the
preach and to teach.
At the recent unique offering made in North Korea coming of the Japanese prince and the when some four hundred Christians opening of the Seoul-Fusan Railroad, decided to make a new kind of- they were most faithful and enterprisfering to the Lord, of free, willing ingin preaching and distributing service in spreading the Gospel tracts among the thousands gathered. among those of their
countrymen The Psychological Moment in Japan who knew it not. Before the meeting
A Japanese lady who understands closed, two years of free service had
the Y. W. C. A. work there, says been voluntarily offered by those
that, now the war crisis being past, present. The news spread round the district and soon 2,200 days of vol
the great problem needing solution
is that of Japan's young womanhood. untary service were promised.
More and more young women are Several months have passed, and now within the last fortnight we hear entering the fields of higher educa
tion or business life, leaving the prothat 2,000 souls have been added to
tection of the home for the life of that Church and the work is still going forward. Notice how the Lord large cities with their temptations
and dangers. Many of these risks blessed that offering of service!
could be lessened by the establishKorea Stirred by the Gospel
ment of Christian dormitories, the From Pyeng Yeng Dr. S. A. Mof
present capacities of school dormifett writes to the Chinese Recorder: tories being utterly inadequate for "We are having another great move- more than a fraction of students. ment this year, not only in the north, but also in the south. Here we have
A Converted Buddhist Evangelist just set our
fourth Presbyterian Mr. O. Imahashi, a converted Church, and still our buildings are Buddhist priest in Japan who is now crowded. Some 1,000 have professed a Christian evangelist, some time ago conversion during the Bible class and spent a full month in the Buddhist evangelistic services held in connec- college in which he had been trained tion with the Korean New Year's for the priesthood. His one hour lec
ture on Christianity three times a membership. Perhaps the grandest day to the 600 students soon length results are seen in the missionary ened to two hours each, and he was spirit of the converted natives. There invited to deliver a special course to are nearly five times as many native the professors and to those doing evangelists and teachers as there are post-graduate work. At the first the missionaries. Nearly 22,000 pupils hall was well filled; and at the end are in the mission schools, and 6,000 of the month it was packed. After in the young people's societies. And he had been lecturing two weeks, yet there are those who think that many of the priests began to meet missions do not pay, altho it is as yet him privately to inquire the Christian less than thirty years since that Konway of salvation. More than 60 of go Valley was first opened to Christhese priests said to him: "We are tian effort. not satisfied with Buddhism and we
Eastern Sudan to be Occupied desire to know the consolation there is in Christ." Among these many
Within a few months the first party have already given up the priesthood of Church Missionary Society repreand have become attendants sentatives set forth to occupy a porChristian services.
tion of the Upper Nile Valley. And
now an appeal is made by numerous AFRICA
well-known leaders of the British Free Belgian Atrocities Again Denounced Churches to send missionaries to that Three of the religious weeklies of region. The protectorate has a popBelgium, all Roman Catholic, have ulation of 10,000,000, one-half Mofinally found themselves compelled to hammedan, and the other half Pagan. cry out against the atrocities com The Pagan tribes are asking for the mitted in the Kongo Free State, for white man's teachers, but Mohammewhich King Leopold is evidently re
dan traders and missionaries are pushsponsible. Among them L'Ami de ing forward with such energy and l'Ordre has printed an interview with zeal that they are fooding the counthe president of the royal commis try with their influence, and at the sion, in which it represents him as present rate of progress it is comsaying that he went to the Kongo puted "there will scarcely be a heathexpecting to find everything flourish en village on the banks of the Niger ing and instead found everything de
by 1910." This means that they would caying These same papers assert
all be Mohammedan. The High Comthat after the withdrawal of the in- missioner, Sir Frederick Lugard, vestigating commission new violence strongly encourages missionary effort broke out, and at one point the na among the heathen tribes. The peotives had slain the agents of the gov
ple themselves are actually asking ernment.
for Christian teachers. The Gospel in the Kongo Valley Dutch Reformed Missions in South Africa In the middle of the last century The mission work of the Dutch Victor Hugo' uttered that singular Reformed Church in South Africa is prophecy that in the twentieth cen directed by a General Mission Comtury “Africa would be the synosure mittee of eleven members, appointed of all eyes." At that time the continent by the Synod triennially. The miswas unexplored. Now, in the Kongo sion field is divided into three disValley alone—then an unknown dis- tricts: trict-8 Protestant societies are work I. Home Missions.
There are 50 ing with 40 stations and 300 out established native congregations withstations. They have 180 missionaries, in Cape Colony, 30 of which have connearly 9.000 church-members, and stituted themselves as the Dutch Re2,000 in classes preparing for church formed Mission Church, while the