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Society was in favor of this course, it is work in its broad aspects, and separate from believed that the action of the Board, all State Convention work, are very rare. Frethings being considered, will receive the com- quent changes in the pastorate, the pastorless mendation of the Society.
state of many feeble churches, the once-aIn this connection it may be stated that, month preaching in vogue in some sections, pursuant to the recommendations in the re- are circumstances that seriously interfere with port of the Special Committee of last year, efforts to secure systematic offerings from approved by the Society, that the Board many churches. There is also a large fluctushould apply funds available from legacies ating element in the list of contributing to repair so far as practicable the Society's churches. Thus in the District of New York losses, $35,000 of the legacy of the late and Northern New Jersey, for the year endGardner Chilson, designated in general to the ing April, 1886, out of 491 contributing Church Edifice Fund, have been so applied churches there were 105 which did nothing to the Church Edifice Benevolent Fund. the year before, while 112 that contributed
Though such losses naturally tend to the year before dropped out of the list. This weaken confidence in the management of fluctuating element is therefore about twenty benevolent organizations, yet, in this case, per cent. or one-fifth of the whole number because of the full and open reports of the of contributing churches in any year. So Board and of the Special Committee of the that, eliminating this fluctuating element, we Society last year concerning it, and because find that there were but 386 churches, out of of the immediate adoption of a more rigid about 1,000 in the District, that made consystem in the financial department, the contributions to Home Missions regularly two fidence of the denomination in the adminis. years in succession. In three years' time, tration of the Society's affairs without doubt however, 635 had contributed. What is true remains substantially unshaken. This is of this District is measurably true of other shown not only in verbal expressions, but in Districts. In the New England District, conthe continued liberality of the people, and taining 929 churches, it appears that of 431 specially in large offerings of $7,600, $10,000, contributing churches in 1886-7, there were and $20,000, from old and new friends of 113 that did not contribute the previous year,
while gi that contributed in 1885-6 made no
offering last year-leaving but 318 contribCHRISTIAN BENEFICENCE.
uting two years successively. Surely, with It is particularly gratifying to note how this comparatively small percentage much attention this subject has received churches that can be depended upon for during the year. Last year's report of the stated annual contributions, the Society's committee of the Society has been widely trust in the arm of man is not likely to disseminated. In this matter “line upon lead it to forget that its trust and hope are in line, precept upon precept,” is required, God. both for the correction of existing faults and In the place of the lamented Dr. Cooper for the proper instruction of the large num- the Board appointed Rev. Edward Ellis, bers that annually unite with our churches. District Secretary for Ohio, Michigan, and
Reports of the District Secretaries show Indiana. He began his work in August, an advance in the number of contributing and has had a very favorable reception
Still, less than one-half of the by the pastors and churches in his district. churches in New England, New York, New For about 'five months, from November, Jersey, and Pennsylvania, make regular an- 1886, Rev. Dwight Spencer labored in conual contributions for Home Missions; in operation with Dr. Haigh in presenting the Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois less claims of the Society chiefly to the churches than one-third; while in the States beyond, in Iowa, eighty-two of which were visited contributions distinctively for Home Mission with encouraging results.
The time has fully come when the Society In respect to these numbers two
or three must ask the principal churches in all the things should be noted:-In Vermont AssoWestern States for distinct offerings for its ciations there are several churches belonging in general work. The burden is too great to be Canada, and their contributions, go to Canadian borne longer without their liberal co-opera
institutions. In each of the New England tion. It is but right that this Society, as well
States a large number of the noncontributing
churches are small and feeble, reporting from as others, should now gather fruit from the
six to twenty members. In no part of our trees of its own planting and its special care.
country have churches in rural districts suffered And the offerings from the churches should from emigration more than in New England. be made relatively to other claims, somewhat | The resident membership will not vary much in proportion to the magnitude of the So- from 100,000. ciety's missionary, church edifice, and educa- During the year I have traveled 13,189 miles, tional work. With pleasure we record the delivered seventy sermons and addresses, atfact that prominent churches in Iowa, Minne-tended seventy prayer meetings, written over sota, and Kansas during the past year have 1,000 official letters, distributed a large number
of circulars and Home Mission Monthlies. My made separate and generous contributions to the general work of the Society. We em-traveling expenses have been $306.48 ; postphasize the necessity for a continuance and age, $44.15; stationery, $9.65. enlargement of these gifts until the churches
NEW YORK AND NORTHERN NEW JERSEY of the older West shall stand in line with
DISTRICT. those of the East in this respect.
REV. C. P, SHELDON, D.D., DISTRICT SECRETARY.
The interest in and support of the work of NEW ENGLAND DISTRICT.
the Home Mission Society on my field shows REV, A. P. MASON, D.D., DISTRICT SECRETARY.
no particular change during the past year.
About the same number of churches have made The following table shows the number of contributions as during the preceding three or churches and members in New England, and
four the number of churches that have contributed tributed in the year 1885-6 that did not con
years. In all my field 115 churches conto the Home Mission Society during the three
tribute the past year, while 102 churches past fiscal years.
contributed the past year that were non-contributors the previous year. Nearly all, except the smallest and weakest churches, are accustomed with a good degree of regularity to make contributions. Very much, however, depends upon the interest and action of the pastors in regard to such contributions. In nearly every church, however weak and small, there are individuals who would willingly and gladly contribute something for our work, if the opportunity was regularly and properly afforded them. Some of the churches have given more the last year than in previous years, while others have given less. The decrease has been mostly in some of the larger churches in the cities. More
money has been received from my field than in any previous year, but a large portion was for the debt as pledged by individuals and churches; hence the receipts for the current work of the Society were somewhat less than in the preceding year. With the debt paid, there is hope that the income from the field will be more regular, steady, and increasingly large.
$223,909 93 Number churches Legacies and
The whole amount in contributions and lega- There is still a wide demand for a deeper cies received within the year was $125,751.82; interest in the welfare of the country as a from New York, $114,597.38 ; and from whole. Many Christians do not look beyond Northern New Jersey, $1,154.14. In visiting their own immediate surroundings; what rechurches, and attending associations and public ligious concern they have is confined to the meetings, I have traveled during the year about local community. The larger welfare of the 10,000 miles, delivered fifty-two sermons and nation is forgotten. What a glorious contrast addresses, attended eighty-one other religious would be presented if the mass of our church meetings, written 671 official letters, and dis- membership felt a practical solicitude in the tributed many thousand circulars and a large religious welfare of the great and rapidly grownumber of copies of the Home Mission Monthly. ing West, if, too, there was an intelligent and I have done more work through the mails than prayerful determination that the freedmen of in any former year. My traveling expenses the South should be lifted out of their ignohave been $277.70; postage, $59.49; station-rance, into the light of truth and virtue, and ery, $27.32 ; total, $364.51.
that our millions of foreigners should not reI still find that one of the great obstacles to main without being leavened with the teaching systematic and regular contributions is the fre- of the New Testament! quent changes of pastors. Churches without It will require all the resources of pastors pastors, or making a change of pastors, are thoroughly imbued with the missionary spirit, quite apt to omit missionary contributions. combined with the power of the religious press PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTHERN
and all existing special agencies, to awaken the DELAWARE, MARYLAND, AND DISTRICT OF
great body of Christians to their missionary obligations and privileges.
It is gratifying that our religious papers are REV. E. B. PALMER, D.D., DISTRICT SECRETARY.
so thoroughly awake on this subject. The The apprehension was not unreasonable at
National Baptist has kept the great Mexican the opening of the year that, the great debt field continually before its readers with most having been provided for, there might be a happy results, both as to contributions and want of urgency felt on the part of our church
general interest. It stands among us as the exmembership in the work of the Society. When, ponent of the most humane principles, with a however, we consider the success of the special large and firm grasp upon all that pertains to movement in behalf of Mexico, and the fact the universal extension of the kingdom of that all the subscriptions for the debt matured
Christ. in this year, there is ground for hearty thanks
LAKE DISTRICT : OHIO, MICHIGAN, AND giving that the cause of Home Missions has been sustained so cordially.
INDIANA. The total receipts for this department are REV. EDW. ELLIS, DISTRICT SECRETARY. $27, 126.42. This includes $7,743.18 for the This report covers the current year, from debt and $3,950.89 for Mexico. For the year April 1st, 1886, to March 31st, 1887. We are ending March 31st, 1886, there were 355 con- compelled to report a slight falling off in the tributing churches and 78 Sunday schools, aggregate receipts for the year. This is doubt. making a total of 433; while for this year there less due largely to the loss sustained by the are 370 churches and 73 Sunday schools, mak- death of the late secretary, Rev. James Cooper, ing a total of 443. The difference is very slight. D.D., who died just at the opening of the year's Individual contributors last year were 103, while work. During several of the most important this year there are 188. The increase is due to months of the year the Society was without any special donors for debt and Mexico.
official representative in the District. It is posThe Secretary has traveled nearly 7,000 miles sible, also, that the natural disadvantages attendat a cost of $229.52 ; has expended for postage ant upon the introduction of a new man into $53.80, for stationery, including collection cards the secretaryship may have led to this. Howand envelopes, $30.44, and for printing $98.00, ever, I am very happy to say that I have reincluding circulars for special distribution on ceived at every point a most cordial reception. the field. We have sent out about 17,000 cir- I am also assured of a hearty co-operation. The culars and written a large number of personal three Baptist journals in the district, the Chrisletters.
tian Herald, the Journal and Messenger, and the Indiana Baptist, are most cheerful and gen- the Eastern States, 18; in the Middle and erous in their support of our cause. The out- Central States, 32; in the Southern States, look is hopeful. Contributions from churches, 140; in the Western States and Territories, Sunday schools, and individuals have been as 459; in the Canadian Dominion, 6; in follows:
Mexico, 21; and in Alaska, 2. French misOhio, 133 churches, 37 Sunday schools, sionaries have wrought in 6 States; Scandi$7,815.01; Michigan, 92 churches, 18 Sunday navian missionaries in 15 States and Terrischools, $3,197.02; Indiana, 99 churches, 4 Sunday schools, $1,623.67. Total, $12,635.70, tories; German missionaries in 18 States from 324 churches and 59 Sunday schools.
and Territories, Ontario and Manitoba. I have spent eight months in the Society's Among the foreign population there have service, have preached forty-nine sermons, de- been 153 laborers; among the colored people, livered forty-five addresses, attended thirteen the Indians, and Mexicans, including teachassociations and three State conventions:
ers, 199; and among Americans, 319. I have paid for traveling expenses $246.60 ;
The Society aids in the maintenance of 18 postage, $38.14 ; printing and stationery, established schools for the colored people, $51.48. Total, $336.22.
the Indians, the Mexicans, also several SOUTHWESTERN DISTRICT.
schools for the Chinese, one in Utah and
three in Mexico, the means for whose supREV. S. W. MARSTON, D.D., DISTRICT SECRETARY.
port come from the New England Woman's Note.—The serious illness of Dr. Marston Home Mission Society. for a few months past has somewhat interfered
The Missionaries have represented ten with the collections on his field, and has prevented him from making his annual report.
nationalities or peoples, viz. : Americans, There has been a gratifying advance in the Germans, French, Swedes, Danes, Norwenumber of contributing churches in his district, gians, Indians, Negroes, Chinese, Mexicans. especially for our mission headquarters in the The particular distribution of these laborers City of Mexico.
is as follows: West Virginia, through the efficient labors of Rev. W. E. Powell, who has represented the Society therein, has responded more lib- Maine .. 2 N. C.. 16 Wis ... 48 Cal..
Mass.... 5 S.C.. 17 Minn.. 56 Nev. erally than ever before. The year's contribu- R.I. 2 Fla....
9 Iowa .. 49 Utah 5 tions are reported at $1,350.66.
Conn... 9 Ga.... 25 Neb... 40 N. Mex.. 4
6 Kan... 57 Ind. Ter. 34 II.- MISSIONS.
15 Ont., Can. 3 Del.
13 Wy.... 1 Manitoba.
D. C... 11 Ark 3 | Dak... 58 B. C.... The whole number of additions to our
8 Ohio.. 2 Mont.. 7 Mex. mission churches the past year has been w. Va.. 2 Mich.. 7 Idaho.. 6 Alaska ...
Ky..... 10 Ill..... 20 W. Ter 13 6,285, of which 2,985 were by letter and ex
Tenn... 12 Ind... 2 Ore ... 16
RESULTS OF THE YEAR'S WORK.
23,248 Churches and Out-Stations Supplied.
1,385 The Society's operations have been con- Sermons Preached...
52,705 ducted during the past year in 45 States and Religious Visits Made.
140,734 Territories, also in Ontario, Manitoba, British Bibles and Testaments Distributed.
Pages of Tracts Distributed... Columbia, Alaska, and in three States of the Received by Baptism.....
3,300 Mexican Republic. The whole number of Received by Letter and Experience.
Total Church Membership.. laborers supported, wholly or in part, has Churches Organized..
129 been 678, being two more than last year.
Sunday-schools under care of Missionaries 673
44,740 They have been distributed as follows: In Benevolent Contributious Reported...... $28,538.92
21 2 18
RESULTS OF FIFTY-FIVE YEARS.
the past year, particularly in Dakota, NeNumber of Commissions to Missionaries
braska, Kansas, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Teachers...
11,893 Weeks of Service Reported..
416,621 Territory, Oregon, California, and Arizona, *Sermons Preached..
1,038,158 in exploring new fields, organizing churches *Prayer-Meetings Attended..
569,976 *Religious Visits to Families or Indi.
and Sunday-schools, arranging for occasional viduals...
2,577,478 services at places where it is impracticable to Persons Baptized..
103,214 Churches Organized...
3,545 appoint local missionaries, preaching wherever
there is opportunity. Missionaries of the "During last forty-six years.
Society have been the first to explore scores CLASSIFIED TABLE OF MISSIONARIES, ETC., OF THE
of new settlements the past year as they AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSION SOCIETY.FROM 1871 TO 1887, INCLUSIVE.
have explored thousands of others in the past. For years yet this kind of service will
be required. səy!P '45
The call for missionaries to serve newlysjepoy?s
organized churches has been far beyond the
ability of the Society to answer. Where it is ' "S134eal
practicable, two or more churches are supplied by one man. The missionary pastors last year preached at 1,385 stations and out-sta
tions. All churches aided are pressed to do Suouy
first all they can for themselves, and at the Suouy
earliest possible moment to dispense with aid
from the Society. About twenty churches Suoury
have become self-supporting the past year. In "SUB]IXəw
portions of Dakota and Montana the drouth Suowy
of last season and other adverse circumstances ' "Yuər
seriously crippled the financial ability of many Suowy
small churches and retarded their progress suela Upuess Suomy
toward self-support. Large ingatherings have
been enjoyed by some of the churches, and ឱ Suomy
revivals have been general. A few general
missionaries, with special evangelistic gifts, Suowy
would constitute a valuable addition to our "Saya L pue
forces in the newer States and Territories. soueuoss! ON TOOL
The general or State missionaries are Rev. D. E. Halteman, D.D., for Wisconsin, Rev.
J. Sunderland for Minnesota, Rev. G. W. * The plan of co-operation in the States of New York, Huntley for Northern Dakota, Rev. C. E. Michigan, and Illinois terminated in 1875, and 73 missionaries in these States were transferred to the care of their respective Higgins for Iowa, Rev. J. W. Osborn for State Conventions.
Nebraska, Rev. D. D. Proper for Kansas, + Not including Secretaries and Agents.
Rev. Dwight Spencer for Utah, Idaho, and ; The decrease of missionaries among the Freedmen after 1873 is largely accounted for by the fact that students were no Montana, Rev. A. B. Banks for the Puget longer commissioned as teachers and missionaries during their Sound region, Rev. G. J. Burchett, D.D., for summer vacations. Including about ten teachers of Government day schools Oregon, Rev. W. H. Latourette for California
and western Nevada. Without the constant, Not reported.
watchful care of these large fields by such WESTERN MISSIONS.
capable general missionaries, it is next to Pioneer missionary work, through the impossible to maintain and carry on our work Society's agencies, is still required, as in the efficiently. past
, and has been performed to a large extent Rev. Dr. Haigh, of Chicago, has continued,