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tion were partly in English and part- Jewish Mission of the M. E. Church (South) ly in Japanese. Dr. J. K. McLean
After two years of tentative itinwas moderator of the council, pre- erant missionary work among the sided over the details of organization, Jews in the Southern States, the and welcomed the new church. Pray- Board of the M. E. Church South ers were offered by Dr. Pond in has decided that headquarters for English and Mr. Kozaki in Japanese. the mission should be established in Five of the new members united on
Atlanta, Ga. The North Georgia confession and were baptized by Mr.
and the South Georgia Conference
Boards of Missions have cheerfully Kozaki. The others brought letters
appropriated money to pay the rent four from Bethany Church, San Francisco, the rest from Congrega- Magath, the missionary in charge,
and other necessary expenses. Rev. tional churches in Japan. The Lord's
reports many open doors and friendSupper was presided over by the two ly welcomes among the Jews, and Japanese pastors, Mr. Kozaki, of
he is greatly encouraged by a numTokyo, and Mr. Okubo, of Oakland. ber of conversions. The benediction was pronounced by
The Moravian Mission in Labrador the Chinese pastor, Mr. Jee Gam.
The Governor of Newfoundland, The new church starts off with
Sir William MacGregor, recently 20 members, excellent leaders, and a
visited the Moravian stations on the great opportunity. San Francisco
Labrador coast and highly comhas about 10,000 Japanese, including
mended the self-sacrificing life and 500 or 600 families, and in the State
effective labors of the missionaries about 60,000. The stream of immi
at Uviluktok. gration is continuous. Many are to
Zechariah, the chief
Eskimo, responded to an address by be permanent residents; many are already real or nominal Christians. .
the governor as follows:
All the Innuit know how much they There are 2 other Japanese churches
have to be grateful to the missionary for. in San Francisco—a Presbyterian They can not show this in their faces, and a Methodist.
but they can show it in their hearts.
They are grateful because they have been Japanese Studying Theology in America
told the Gospel and to worship God in
the heart. They are glad to know that The statement is made, and seems Jesus Christ died to save them from all
sin. They are very glad to see all the to be authentic, that at least 40 Jap
people of the Coast of Labrador are anese students are to be found in
brothers and sisters to the Eskimos. They various divinity schools in the United
are very thankful in the name of the States, of whom 9 are taking a
Lord to know that all can be brought theological course in Union Semi- safely and taught by the Lord. nary, in New York City; a larger Zechariah displaye:l very considnumber than the Doshisha holds, the erable emotion during his speech, Meiji-Gakuin, or any other "school and tears were in the eyes of many of the prophets ” in Japan.
of the Eskimos. The whole congre
gation at the close rose and sponWhat Women are Doing for Missions
taneously broke out singing "God
Save the King," Ambrose, the EsThe Woman's Foreign Missionary
kimo organist, accompanying. Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church passed the half-million mark
Isolation in Arctic Missions some time since, and appropriated Some idea of how much the mis$542,779 for the current year. Last sionaries of the C. M. S. on Blackyear the Congregational women add- lead Island, Cumberland Sound, are ed no less than $271,408 to the in- shut off from the outside world may come of the American Board.
be gathered from the fact that a let
ter sent to Rev. E. J. Peck in Sep sions in entirely new regions. They tember, 1903, has just been received have also decided : by him. It was a year after his
1. That pioneering work among the undaughter's death before he learned
evangelized peoples by means of the the sad news. A fellow missionary Arthington bequest shall at present be who carried the tidings from Eng
limited to the further maintenance and deland was obliged to spend the winter
velopment of the Awemba Mission in
Central Africa, which was commenced by at Kikkerton, and passed through
a generous gift from the late Mr. Arthmuch privation and many perils be ington and has been entirely maintained fore reaching the mission station. since then by that gift; the establishment
of a Mr. Peck in the meantime was with
a new station among the Matebele, and
the development of the work in the Westout much-needed supplies all winter.
ern District of the New Guinea Mission. The work is prospering, the New 2. That half the residue of the amount Testament is translated into the annually available for expenditure be delanguage, and Eskimos are being
voted to the further development of gen
eral mission work in such districts of the trained for native agents.
India and China missions, not exceeding Hindu Coolies in British Guiana
3 in each field, as may be selected because
the need and the promise seem greatest. We little apprehend how widely 3. That the other half of the money the system is in vogue of importing available be expended mainly in India and
China, and be devoted to the erection and laborers from the Orient to serve
maintenance of mission hospitals and the for a term of years in a state of
support of medical missionaries and medsemi-slavery, with China and India ical evangelists; to educational work,the source of supply. These toilers special attention being given to that which are found in Trinidad to the number
relates to training of Christian workers in
its various branches; and to the producof 90,000, and of 120,000 in British
tion of Christian literature. Guiana.
the Canadian Presbyterian Church has made these
The Centennial Bible Fund the objects of toil and prayer, and
It was indeed a great achievement has been able to gather upward of
when $1,500,000 were secured for the 1,000 into Church fellowship, and
British Foreign Bible Society in con3.700 into Sunday-schools.
The nection with its 100th anniversary. church-members contributed $6,630 And it is interesting to note how last year, or at the rate of $6.53 per world-wide was the response to the member.
call for gifts. The substance of the
facts is contained in this quotation EUROPE
from The Bible in the World: Use To Be Made of the Arthington Fund
Thus, for instance, £12,000 was sent by It is fully expected the London So British North America, £6,600 came from ciety's share of this great gift will
Continental Europe, £4,000 from India, not fall short of $1,500,000. The
£5,500 from South Africa, £3,500 from
New Zealand, £3,600 from Australia, £740 whole of this sum, it will be remem from Egypt, £720 from Russia, £6 from bered, has to be spent within a period Japan, and £1,100 from China. The great
bulk of the fund, as much as £220,000, of twenty-five years. It is reckoned
came from England and Wales. Among that, spending interest and capital
the most striking contributions to the fund together, this will put at the society's have been one gift of £10,000, one anonydisposal an annual income of $85,000 mous gift of £3,000, one gift of 2,500 guinor $90,000 throughout the twenty
eas, one of £2,500, five of 2,000 guineas
(one of which five years. The committee in charge anonymous gift of £2,000, thirteen gifts of
anonymous), have decided to base any extension 1,000 guineas (two anonymous), and ten of work which the society may un of £1,000 (four anonymous). By far the dertake by means of the Arthington greater part of the fund, however, has
been raised by comparatively small gifts. Trust on existing missions of the so
often from poor people. The smallest ciety, rather than to undertake mis
separate contribution acknowledged at the
Bible Hlouse was 1/2d. from a domestic which will reach the medical district
of Pera in time for an emergency. A Student Missionary Campaign
Another singular feature of the same This campaign is an annual enter
situation is the lack of nurses. Many prise of the Student Volunteer Mis- and many a patient in serious dissionary Union, which, since its for
ease suffers and perhaps dies simply mation in 1892, has seen 1,050 of its
because a nurse willing and able to members, men and women, go out as
carry out the doctor's instructions missionaries; 1,200
can not be found. preparing for the foreign service, of
The Turk accepts this situation as whom 200 have joined during the
a predestined affliction. It has re
mained for Americans to try to rempast twelve months. The campaign
edy the scarcity of nurses. The is an effort to quicken interest and,
American Hospital and Training if possible, secure missionary candi
School for Nurses in Constantinople dates among the members of the C. E. and kindred societies, irrespec
has been incorporated under the
laws of the State of New York. tive of denomination, and with the
William Ives Washburn is presipurpose of strengthening the effective
dent of the board of directors; Rev. force of existing missionary societies.
Dr. George Washburn, late presiGossner Missionary Society
dent of Robert College, is vice-pres
ident. In the sixty-fourth year of its ex- This Hospital and School for istence the Gossner Missionary So- Nurses will be located in a part of ciety, in Germany known as Ber
Constantinople far from the district lin II," reported 5,252 baptisms of where doctors most congregate, and heathen. The number of baptized
its work is already cut out for it. Kols of Chota Nagpur, in India, for The enterprise is certain to render among them the society chiefly notable service to humanity from the works, was 64,145 at the end of 1904, start, if the modest support needed while there were 18,000 candidates
to put it into operation is forthfor baptism (inquirers). The native
coming Christians under the care of this society are very liberal givers and
The Turk Hindering the Word are filled with missionary zeal, so that they themselves spread the
A correspondent of the London Gospel among their heathen neigh
Times reports that for many months bors.
the British and Foreign Bible Society
has had reason to complain of the Nurses for Constantinople
hindrances which are placed in the A feature of social organization in
way of its work by local officials in Constantinople is the host of physi- various parts of Turkey. Its colporcians inhabiting the upper part of
teurs have been prevented from goPera, the European district of the ing about their work in Monastir, city. Medicine appears to be the
Mosul, Bagdad, and many other only career open to educated young places, . The worst casces have ocmen in that carefully restricted curred at Castamuni and Scutari, in country, and Pera is the only place Albania, where the colporteurs have where a thoroughly ambitious or been kept waiting six months and even self-respecting physician can more for the renewal of their liengage in general practise. Conse- cences, without which they can not quently, other districts of the city travel. The British Embassy has are left to chance practitioners or to made frequent representations on this their ingenuity in devising substi- subject; but as soon as one difficulty tutes for the forbidden telephone, has been settled another has arisen,
until it would seem as if the Turkish The Jubilee of Methodist Missions in India government had made up its mind
It is fifty years since Dr. William to cripple the activity of the society. Butler entered India as the first In reply to the latest representations Methodist Episcopal missionary. of the embassy, the Porte has ac The work has since grown to vast knowledged that the colportage of proportions, with five missionary the Scriptures ought to be freely bishops in charge, nearly 250 mispermitted, but claims the right to re sionaries, and 3,000 native helpers. fuse to allow it in towns and districts These have gathered over 150,000 where the circumstances are excep converts, and have established tional, and insists that every colpor- schools, colleges, theological semteur shall find a resident in the lo inaries, hospitals, and orphanages. It cality to go bail for his good be is fitting that this semicentennial havior. The Bible Society objects to should be widely observed, and a these restrictions, especially to the great celebration is planned for both last.
America and India. The last SunRobert College Prospering
day of May is designated as a day This famous institution upon the
for addresses on the subject and ofBosphorus, a splendid monument to
ferings in support of the work. the foresight, zeal, and enterprize of Christian Growth in South India Cyrus Hamlin, has recently pleted its forty-second year (having
"We publish," says The Harvest
Field of Bangalore, " the annual stabeen founded in 1863) with an en
tistical returns of the missionary rollment of 342 students, represent
bodies comprised in the South Ining no less than 15 races. Ten of
dian Missionary Association. The the students were Turks, of whom 2
growth under almost every head were withdrawn by command of the
which the figures reveal will, we are Sultan. The Armenians, Bulgarians,
sure, bring encouragement to all and Greeks have each a Y. M. C. A.
those who look for the Kingdom of For new buildings, etc., $200,000
God in South India. There is an have been received within a twelve
increase of 202 in the number of month, and President Washburn is in
evangelists and catechists and of this country endeavoring to add yet
more than 800 in the number of other large sums to its resources.
“We record the following inASIA
creases in South India for the year The First Congregational Assembly in India 1904: The churches of the London lis
Increase, 9,487 sionary Society and the American
Baptized adherents (includ-
29,051 Board of South India and Ceylon
10,567 have recently held their first gen Total Christian community
39,618 eral assembly. This follows a simi
A comparison of the returns for lar union among Presbyterian mis
1904 with those for 1903 shows that sions. The assembly represented of the total increase of 9,487 in the 132 Indian Christians reclaimed number of communicants, 8.934 are from idolatry. The Protestant to be credited to 6 missions." Christians of Jaffna, Ceylon, num
The Worth of Educational Missions ber 4,500, and those of the Madura Mission of the American Board A suggestive record given in the about 18,500. This new step toward Indian Witness by a missionary who union is another indication of the writes of 5 cases” met with during direction in which Christians a recent tour in a North India mismoving
sion. Space compels us to note only
one or two salient features of each . that the British government stands case. (1) A Brahman Sadhu, edu- sponsor for their religion. Previous cated in a mission school, a lawyer legislation of a similar sort has alfor fifteen years, disgusted with the ready produced evil results. world and with Hinduism, wants to live with Christians to learn of
Baptist Success in Burma Christ. (2) A Mohammedan of The Burma Baptist Mission, which good position, convinced of the truth
has just completed its 40th year, has of Christianity and associates with done useful work during the past Christians, a serious “inquirer.” (3)
(3) year. Among other items of interA young Banya, educated in an “un- est, the conference of misisonaries promising” mission school, resolved voted to raise a fund for the erecwhile there to be a Christian, now, tion of a memorial building in the years after, has been baptized. (4) Baptist college compound in memory A young Khatri, educated in a mis
of the late Dr. Cushing, who was sion school, but received apparently president of the college for ten years. no conviction there, afterward met The amount needed is Rs. 50,000, godly laymen who convinced him. which is expected to be subscribed On speaking somewhat timidly to his during the year. The conference wife, she told him that she (edu
also voted to ask for 27 new workers cated herself in a mission school) for Burma. There now 805 knew Christianity to be true, and Baptist churches in the province, with agreed to be baptized with him. (5) a membership of upward of 52,000. An inquirer, son of a teacher in a These maintain 606 schools, and durmission school, educated in it him- ing the year just closed contributed self. Do not the facts show some- over Rs. 3,800,000 for religious and thing of what the educational mis
educational purposes. sionary is doing.-C. M. S. Intelli
What a Bible Did in Burma gencer.
A man in Burma possessed a copy The Harvest Gathered by One Society
of the Psalms in Burmese which had A century ago the Church Mis
been left behind by a traveler. Besionary Society (now the largest in
fore he had finished reading the book the world) was just entering upon he resolved to cast away his idols. work in India, but now is able to
For twenty years he worshiped the report 164,300 Christian adherents.
eternal God revealed to him in the And yet these are few compared Psalms, using the fifty-first Psalm with India's 300,000,000, the majority
as a daily prayer. Then a missionof whom are steeped in superstition.
ary appeared on the scene and gave
him a copy of the New Testament. The British Government and Buddhism in
The story of salvation through Jesus Ceylon
Christ brought great joy to his Ceylon missionaries are endeavor
heart, and he said: “For twenty ing to bring about a defeat of the
years I walked by starlight; now I British ordinance which appoints a sce the sun.” government officer to assist
assist Buddhist committees to manage temple
China's First Great Railway funds and properties. The purpose The first railway to traverse is to secure honest administration, long distance in the Celestial Embut the missionaries well point out pire is the nearly completed road that the practical effect will be to mix between Peking and Hankow to up the British officials with matters the south, a distance of 754% miles. of temple worship, and the law will be Trains, indeed, are runnig, but genconstrued by Buddhists to
eral travel is not yet encouraged.