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In San Francisco he has had an efficient brethren who have visited Mexico and pernative helper in the person of Tong Tsin ceived the need of the Gospel for that Cheung. Street preaching to large and people have returned to advocate enlargeattentive Chinese congregations has been ment of operations there. The interest has conducted to some extent. Regular services extended to some of our theological semihave been held in the rented premises, which naries. Two students have offered themconsist simply of a room designed for business selves as missionaries to Mexico, and others purposes, but now fitted up for the school and are considering the question. for public worship.
Three new appointments of American The time has come for the Baptists of missionaries have been made. Rev. S. GorAmerica to put this Chinese mission on a better man, formerly, as again recently, missionary footing. It can be done for about $15,000. to New Mexico, where he acquired such It must be done, somehow, speedily.
knowledge of the Spanish language as to use It is disgraceful to us that the work should it readily in public discourse, was appointed be carried on under present disadvantages. to Aguas Calientes, 338 miles north of the Chinese paganism, with its fourteen Joss City of Mexico, where he arrived Feb. 16th, houses continually open and elaborately 1887. He has a native assistant, and reports fitted up in the city of San Francisco, puts favorable indications. Rev. Robert Whitaker, to blush American Christianity as represented of the graduating class at Newton Theoloby Baptists, with only a plainly furnished gical Seminary, is under appointment to rented store-room as a place of worship. Central Mexico, expecting to begin his labors Mission headquarters for our Chinese work in July ist. Rev. A. J. Steelman, of Roselle, San Francisco must be the specialty the com- N. J., is also under appointment to the same ing year.
field. At Oakland, Fresno, Chico, and Sacra- Central Mexico, the district of which Rev. mento, in California, missions are established. W. H. Sloan is the Society's Superintendent The Portland mission, under the auspices of Missions, embraces the States of Mexico, of the First Baptist Church, has been unable Tlaxcala, Puebla, Oajaca, Morelos, Guerrero, to secure an acceptable native preacher, for Michoachan, Hidalgo, Queretaro, Guanawhose support the Society stands pledged. juato, Aguas Calientes, San Luis Potosi, Vera
The Women's Home Mission Societies of Cruz. This district adjoins that of Brother Boston and Chicago co-operate in the work Westrup in Northeastern Mexico, which inin California.
cludes much of the States of New Leon and A number of conversions and baptisms are Tamaulipas. reported for the year. The Chinese have In the States of New Leon and Tamaulipas, learned to distinguish between the godless in Northeastern Mexico, our interests are in element, from which they have suffered a very satisfactory condition. Rev. Thos. persecution, and the Christian element, which M. Westrup now gives his entire time to seeks to do them good. In mingling with general missionary service, the church at them in their places of business it is common Monterey having as its pastor Rev. F. T. to hear them refer to our Superintendent of Treviño. Rev. Merced Flores is transferred Missions as a “ Jesus man.”
to Lampazas and Laredo. Two native missionaries, in addition to those previously
under appointment, have been put into the There has been a decided advance in the field this year. Nearly every month baptisms interest of the denomination in the evangel- have been reported. ization of Mexico. This is due not a little The consolidation of the three Baptist to the visit of Rev. W. H. Sloan at the last papers heretofore published in Mexico is annual meeting, and for about three months an event worthy of note.
Three papers, afterward among the churches. Observing | El Mexicano Bautista, published by Rev. T.
BY GIFT AND LOAN.
M. Westrup at Monterey; El Heraldo Mexi-
13 consolidated under the name of La Luz,
13 which will be published at the latter city
36 under the immediate direction of Mr. Sloan,
3 1886–7 62
29 with whom Messrs. Westrup and Powell are associated as editors. This assures to all the Baptists in the Republic a much better
The aggregate amount of gifts has been paper than would have been possible under $10,818.05; of loans, $13,325. The gifts. the previous arrangement. Such a paper is have averaged $338.06; the loans have indispensable as a means of communication averaged $403.79. The $24,143 thus emfor all the churches and missionaries, as well ployed has secured to the denomination as for the promulgation of the truth.
church property valued at about $175,000. The other noteworthy occurrence, viz., the
The number of churches that have paid securing of mission property for headquarters
off their loans during the year is 41. The
whole number of outstanding loans to in the City of Mexico, is referred to par
churches is 224. The whole number of ticularly under the department of Church
churches aided has been 843. Edifice work.
RECEIPTS. III.-CHURCH EDIFICE DEPART
The receipts for the Loan Fund have MENT.
been $7,051.04, of which $1,000 was from
legacies, $6,051.04 interest on loans. GRANTS TO CHURCHES.
This Fund amounts to $122,047.18, and
is sufficiently large for all demands that are The number of churches aided to erect likely to be made houses of worship is the same as the year The receipts for the Benevolent Fund previous, viz., 62—by gifts, 29; by loans, 29; have been $78,645.64 ; from contributions, by gifts and loans, 4. The churches aided $35,361.53; from legacies, $41,379.17; from
22 States and Territories. Those investments, $1,604.94, and a gift repaid, having gifts are as follows: In Colorado, 1; $300. Of this sum $22,390.58 was designated Dakota, 7; Idaho, 1; Illinois, 1; Iowa, 2; for mission headquarters in the City of Kansas, 5; Mexico, 2; Minnesota, 2; Mis- Mexico, the gift of $6,450 by John D. Rockesissippi, 2; Montana, 2; Nebraska, 3; New feller, Esq., for the purchase of a site being Mexico, 1; North Carolina, 1; Oregon, 3; included. A friend of the colored people in Texas, 5; Washington, 1; Wisconsin, 2.
the South has given $2,000, designated for Those having loans: In Arizona, I; church edifice work among them. There Arkansas, 1; Dakota, 1; Idaho, 1; Illinois, have been but two or three contributions from 2; Ind. Ter., I; Iowa, I; Kansas, 2; Min- churches. nesota, 2; Mississippi, 1; Missouri, 1; Mon- The loss entailed upon the permanent gift tana, 2; Nebraska, I; New Mexico, I; fund, as stated one year ago, has been parOregon, 1; Tennessee, I; Texas, 10; Wash- tially repaired by the appropriation theretoington, 3.
of $35,000 from the Gardner Chilson leg. American churches, 47; German, I; Scan- acy. By the adjustment elsewhere referred. dinavian 6; Colored, 7; Mexican, I.
to in this report, it is hoped additional sums The following table shows the number of will ere long be received for this purpose. churches actually assisted during the last six More numerous and larger offerings for years:
immediate use are greatly needed.
II. UNINCORPORATED INSTITUTIONS.
MISSION HEADQUARTERS, CITY OF MEXICO. 4. Roger Williams University, Nashville, Tenn.,
sounded 1864, incorporated 1883; W. H. Stifler, The specially noteworthy incident in this D.D., 2 years. department is that which relates to mission 5. Leland University, New Orleans, La., founded headquarters in the City of Mexico. Directly 1870, incorporated 1870 ; Rev. M. C. Cole, acting after the last annual meeting a special call President. Now self-supporting. was made for not less than $25,000 for this incorporated 1885; Rev. S. W. Culver
, 6 years.
6. Bishop College, Marshall, Tex., founded 1881, object. Rev. W. H. Sloan spent about three
7. Selma University, Selma, Ala., founded 1878, months in presenting the subject to churches incorporated 1878; Rev. C. L Purce, 1 year. and individuals, during which period he was 8. State University, Louisville, Ky., founded 1873, directly instrumental in securing fully $14,000, incorporated 1873; W. J. Simmons, D.D., 7 years.
9. Hartshorn Memorial College, Richmond, Va. including the generous gift of Mr. Rocke
(for females only), founded 1884, incorporated 1884; feller above referred to. Early in January Rev. L. B. Tefft, 3 years. the sum called for had been pledged, and 10. Florida Institute, Live Oak, Fla., incorporatel a considerable portion thereof paid. Imme- 1873, school opened 1880; Rev. J. L. A. Fish, 7 diately thereupon the Board authorized Dr. years. 0. C. Pope, Superintendent of Church Edi
11. Indian University, Muskogee, I. T., founded fice Work, and W. W. Bliss, Esq., Ass't Cor. incorporated 1881; Prof. A. C. Bacone, 7 years.
at Tahlequah, 1880, transferred to Muskogee, 1885, Secretary, to proceed to Mexico, and with Rev. Mr. Sloan to secure a site and make all necessary arrangements for the erection
1. Wayland Seminary, Washington, D. C., founded of the buildings.
1865; G. M. P. King, D.D., 18 years. This was successfully accomplished, and 2. Benedict Institute, Columbia, S. C., founded on February 26th, 1887, ground was broken. 1870; Rev. C. E. Becker, 5 years. for the first Protestant church edifice ever 3. Jackson College, Jackson, Miss., founded at erected in that city. The buildings consist Natchez, 1877, transferred to Jackson, 1883; Rev. of a church edifice on the American plan, 14. Spelman Seminary, Atlanta, Ga. (for females with adjacent rooms for the school and the only), founded in 1881; principals, Miss S. B. printing press, and the missionary's residence Packard, Miss H. E. Giles, 6 years. detached. Dr. Pope remained in charge
5. Creek Freedmen School, Tullehassee, 1. T., of the work for about two nionths. It is ex
founded 1883; G. E. Burdick, Ph.D., Sup't, 1 year.
6. International School, Monterey, Mex., founded pected that the buildings will be ready for 1883; under the supervision of Rev. Thos. M. occupancy early in the fall. This gives us
Westrup; Antonio Garcia, principal. a habitat and a position in that city which Besides these higher grade institutions, would be impossible otherwise.
there are mission day-schools, maintained
chiefly through the means provided by the IV.-EDUCATIONAL.
Woman's American Baptist Home Mission The names of these institutions, their Society (Boston), in Salt Lake City, Utah; locations, when founded, and when incorpo- at the City of Mexico, Salinas, Apodaca, rated, together with the names of presidents and Santa Rosa, Mex., and Tahlequah, I. T. and the length of service in connection there. There are also mission night-schools for the with, are as follows:
Chinese in Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Fresno, Cal., conducted princi
pally by missionaries of the Society. 1. Richmond Theological Seminary, Richmond, The schools are in thirteen States and TerVa., founded 1867, incorporated 1876; Chas. H.
ritories and in Mexico. They report an Corey, D.D., 19 years.
2. Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C., founded 1865, enrollment of 3,02 1 pupils, 310 of whom have incorporated 1875; H. M. Tupper, D.D., 22 years. the ministry in view.
3. Atlanta Seminary, Atlanta, Ga., founded originally at Augusta, 1867, transferred to Atlanta, 1879,
* D. W. Phillips, D.D., Theological I'rofessor (late Presiincorporated 1879; S. Graves, D.D., 2 years.
dent), 22 years.
I. INCORPORATED INSTITUTIONS.
SCHOOLS FOR THE COLORED PEOPLE. draft upon the sympathies of those in char The number of schools supported wholly of these schools and compels some flexibili or in part by the Society for the colored in the enforcement of regulations of ti people is fifteen. Leland University, New
character. Orleans, La., with an endowment of nearly
Contributions from the colored people f $100,000, is no longer dependent on the special improvements and for the support Society, and so is not included in this num
teachers and for beneficiaries have bee ber. A new school, in its incipiency, and made to some extent in Virginia, Sout maintained the past year by designated Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Missi funds, has been in operation at Little Rock, sippi, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, and A Ark.
kansas. In some States numerous local The number of teachers for the
associational schools have been
year has Of this number 57 were men and
which so enlist the sympathies and clain 65 women. In the list were 23 colored
the contributions of the people that little o teachers.
nothing additional can be obtained for thi
schools of the Society. In time these loca The enrollment of pupils for the year
may been 2,807; 1,255 young men ; 1,552 young tions if the latter can be properly equipped
and sustained for the work of higher educaThe number under sixteen years of age tion. was 533; of those preparing to preach, 307; In some States we have to encounter powerof those preparing to teach, 967; of those ful competition from institutions of other dedesiring to go as missionaries to Africa, 35; nominations which have obtained State apof medical students, 38.
propriations for their support. South Carolina The amount paid for teachers' salaries has appropriated $8,000 to an institution under been $59,260.98. The various incidental ex- Methodist auspices. Georgia appropriates penses are about covered by receipts from $8,000 and Mississippi $3,000 to two schools tuition fees, room rent, etc.
under Congregational control. Some deSome of the schools report a much larger | nominations have no hesitation in asking surplus than others; indeed, some report and laboring for such State appropriations, almost nothing. It is an erroneous notion even alleging that their schools are undethat the Society should educate without any nominational in spite of facts to the contrary, charge, and board students at bare cost, and employing the argument as applicable when many are able to pay the low tuition to all as to one, that as the institutions fee of one dollar per month, and also such a are doing excellent educational work in and price for board that a surplus for ordinary for the State they should receive its apand extraordinary expenses and repairs shall propriations. The Society never has sought be met thereby without drafts upon Christian State aid. We believe that the principle is beneficence. In other words, the same prin- wrong and that the appropriations now made ciple should apply to these institutions as to should be abolished. churches, viz. : they shall provide for their own support as far as possible, and receive from the Society as little as possible consist- The spiritual results as shown in the ent with efficiency in their work.
conversions of pupils have been gratifying. Beneficiary aid in money has been be. At Wayland Seminary 16 conversions are restowed only as funds have been designated ported; at Shaw University, 29; at Roger for that purpose. In some cases tuition fees Williams University, 4; at the State Univerand room rent have been remitted. The sity, Louisville, 7; at the Atlanta Baptist utter financial inability of some students Seminary, 9; at Spelman Seminary, 70; at anxious to get an education makes a heavy Benedict Institute, 2; at Selma University,
9; at Hartshorn College, 3; at Bishop Col. D., for many years pastor at Raleigh, N. C., lege, 3.
and prominent in denominational affairs at The inculcation of religious truth by the South. At Selma University Rev. E. M. daily study of the word of God and the Brawley, D.D., resigned in the fall of 1886, formation of Christian character are still and Rev Chas. L. Purce, formerly a student prominent features in these institutions, which at the Richmond Institute, was elected Presiwere born of the missionary spirit, which dent. In the other schools work has gone on have been characterized by the missionary in this department substantially as last year. spirit, and whose fruits are seen not only in
ENDOWMENT NECESSARY. the conversion of impenitent students, but especially in the widespread interest among
The conclusion of twenty-five years of the the students for the evangelization of Africa. Home Mission Society's educational work
for the colored people of the South ought THESE SCHOOLS THE HOPE OF AFRICA.
to be signalized by a large increase to the The six colored missionaries who went to
endowment funds for the maintainance of Africa about three years ago, and the five these institutions. Not less than $100,000 who went the past year, were from these additional should be thought of; $250,000schools of the Home Mission Society. Way- $10,000 for each of the twenty-five yearsland Seminary reports 10 students who hope would be far more worthy of the denomito go to Africa; Richmond Theological nation, as well as a fitting expression of Seminary, 13; Hartshorn Memorial College, gratitude for the great blessings that have 2; Shaw University, 10; Benedict Institute, attended the work to the present hour. In4; Selma University, 1; Jackson College, deed, an endowment of $1,000,000, at five 5; Bishop College, 8. In other institutions
per cent interest, yielding an annual income a lively interest in African Missions is re- of $50,000 would be inadequate; for presported, though the number of those desiring ently it will require $75,000, and by A. D. to devote themselves to missionary service
1900 doubtless $100,000, to maintain these there is not given.
institutions. The fact that about 40 of these students
When we consider that six American Baptist hope to labor in Africa is a matter of special Theological Seminaries for white students significance as showing what important bear- have an endowment of over $2,000,000 and ings the maintenance of this branch of Home that three Baptist Universities at the North Mission work has upon the evangelization of
have over $2,500,000 endowment, saying the “ Dark Continent."
nothing of the value of grounds, buildings, MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
libraries, and equipment amounting to nearly The education of young men for the min. a $1,000,000 more, this call for at least istry continues to hold a prominent place in $250,000 toward the endowment of these these schools. While the number preparing large and growing schools, and so for the themselves for this service is large, 307, it is partial relief of the Society, cannot be reby no means what it should be. Many are garded extravagant but rather a very modest prevented from coming by reason of their appeal. extreme poverty.
The only institutions with any endowment The Richmond Theological Seminary is are Richmond Theological Seminary, $55,becoming known as a higher institution for coo; Shaw University, $66; Wayland Semithis purpose, to which more and more stu- nary, $39.50, something however being dents from other schools will come, as they expected soon from the estate of Ex.-Govcome from academies and colleges to theo- ernor Coburn; Roger Williams University, logical seminaries in the North. Shaw Uni- $1,295; Leland University, $95,000; Bene. versity has been strengthened in its faculty dict Institute, $28,000, the interest of which is by the accession of Rev. T. E. Skinner, D. to be added to the principal until $50,000