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This city is the principal one in Northern tains and fording streams, our missionaries Mexico; and a proof that the missionary must now sail distant oceans to reach their work here is of more promise now than ever labor fields. Tariff or Constitution may or before is seen in what other denominations may not attach to Porto Rico and the Philare doing with their churches. The Metho- ippines, to Guam and Hawaii, but our Gospel dist Mission, for instance, has a fine building must go there if those peoples are to be for a church; three resident missionaries; one redeemed and made fit for self-government. American mission; one Mexican mission; a With the nation's expansion goes the world's college with costly building, having a depart- contraction, and soon Manila and Luzon ment for the ministry, and attended by five and San Juan will be as familiar in our reor six professors; a modern hospital furnished ports as Oklahoma and Idaho. with comfort and luxury. Does not all this Out of the wars of nations and the strife prove that there are special conditions and of men has come, and is yet to come, a greater advantages for missionary work here in work and responsibility for our Society. A Mexico?
Baptist “trust," in both senses of the word, Considering another question I say, in my nuust be formed and accepted, with millions opinion, the way to train the churches to of “shares” for free distribution, with one develop a spirit of independence is to present hundred per cent. dividends (on all paid up the matter frequently in the pulpit as well capital), payable perpetually, here and hereas privately; show its usefulness, convenience after. and necessity, taking care at the same time May He who is guiding the affairs of our to instruct the candidates regarding their nation lead and guide our Society in all its duties, and clearly explaining the one refer- deliberation, and bless it in its work. ring to the support of their own church.
E. NELSON BLAKE, This has sometimes been omitted, fcaring
Ex-President A. B. H. M. S. the candidate would think he was being ARLINGTON, Mass. cheated as in the Roman church. But, of course, it is best to teach him this duty before receiving him into the church. Finally, do
Jeruel Academy. all that can be done to have all the mem
Rev. J. H. Brown, Principal of Jeruel bers contribute proportionally, and not allow the burden to weigh upon a few only.
Academy, Athens, Ga., under date of I think the missionaries, both foreign and
December 14th, 1901, writes: natives, should be paid partly with mission
It is very painful to inform you that our
school is now closed on account of smallpox. ary funds and also by the churches where
Out of an enrollment of 210 students we they work. This brings more interest into the work; the churches consider the work
have only 50, I suppose. We are cut off, I can't
say how long. It is God's will that it be undertaken as their own, since they have aided in sustaining it. Moreover, it is a
thus; so I shall bear it as best I can. We are practical way to create the relationship be
quarantined on grounds. I am away from tween the missionaries and the churches, and
my family, including six little children and so uphold together the work of the Lord.
one of them sick, without my attention.
You know the closing of school cuts off In closiug, I will say that self-support will
our source of revenue for the school. Our be a fact in the near future in the principal churches here in Mexico. Meanwhile the
expenses for the last month and this month
thus far have not all been met. Is it possible work the missionary societies have kept up
for the Society to do anything to help us? is of immense value; it has co-operated in the
I need one hundred and twenty-five dollars, social a d religious regeneration of this na
which will bring us up to this time. tion, and I am sure no one can calculate the
At the earliest we can't open before the precious fruit that in due time will be reaped.
1st of Jan., if then. I don't know what we
can do, for the weather now is unfavorable Our motto, “North America for Christ," for us and we may be bothered and delayed has lost its former significance; it is not longer than January. Pray for us and that broad enough. With national expansion we may soon be together again and at our must come our Society's enlargement from posts. The school has never been better a continent to a globe. This Society must than it was before the contagion. follow the flag, whatever else may hold In the height of our success it pleased aloof. From crossing plains, scaling moun- God to afflict us.
a desire to
MISSIONARY DEPARTMENT. Christians last evening. We are praying,
hoping and expecting a revival.
J. C. ANDREWS, Pastor. Oklahoma-Indians. We had the Christmas tree for the Coman Rev. Isaac La Fleur, missionary among ches Friday night, December 27th, and the French at Lowell, Mass., says: “There dinner for them on Saturday, 28th. Every seems to be an encouraging beginning. one enjoyed the occasion very much. The Five French girls have been baptized into weather was bad and only about fifty-five the First Baptist Church. One bright young came.
family is just coming out from Rome." We took a new departure and asked for pledges for money for the camp meeting to be held in connection with the Association
Rev. A. B. Withers writes from Gypsy, next June. Twenty-five dollars were pledged.
West Virginia: “Our work here is just fifteen This marks an epoch in the history of the
months old. During that period the Lord Comanche nation. We made it very plain
has owned it as his own. The field was to them that any who gave money for this
destitute of any sort of religious services. gave it to Jesus to help him in his work.
This is a great coal-mining region and Gypsy That it was not for men but for God, they is the
is the central and most important town. were giving it.
Years ago the site of Gypsy was used by I believe every one who pledged will Methodists as a camp-meeting ground. Last pay.
May we began our church building and in Another new feature of the occasion was November it was finished. It has cost us that several Comanches bought presents $3,000, $2,200 of which has been paid. We and put them on the tree for their friends. hope within a year or two to pay off the re
We feel that while the apparent results maining $800. A recent meeting in whicb of eight years' work are far from what we Bro. C. L. Trawin, of Mannington, W. Va., wish they were still they are not lost years. aided us, resulted in the addition of six to our God bless the Comanches. E. C. DEYO. membership. The interest is very good all
the time. Our services are largely attended Murray-Utah.
and many are inquiring the way of life. We The contract for inclosing the church is are supposed to give one-half time to this completed except the front doors. These will field. We have services, however, twice be ready soon. We have pleased the work- each Lord's day, a well-attended prayermen by prompt payment. We shall plaster meeting Wednesday nights and an interesting the lecture room and vestibule at once. The Bible class on Friday nights. Every Tuesweather is and has been very fine.
day night the missionary preaches at adjacent The front or lecture-room is 15x26 ft. mining towns, Meadowbrook and Glen Falls, inside. As we must close up between this alternately. room and the auditorium, we purpose putting up a temporary partition, and extend it into I have assisted in the earlier part of the the auditorium, and cover it over at the top quarter in the chapel building enterprises at with heavy paper, then we can seat more Hillsdale and Glen Flora. At Hillsdale we than one hundred. This will do for the dedicated our chapel on Nov. 10th, free of debt. winter. The house is an ornament to the The building is valued at $850. The Convenplace and all are pleased with it. It is built tion and Home Mission Society gave $150, of pressed bricks.
for which the church is very grateful. The We all fully appreciate the help from our Barron pastor preaches at this place every Home Mission Society. Had it not been for Sunday afternoon. The audiences are large. this gift, building would have been impos- We organized a Sunday-school which has sible. We shall have it so as to worship in over 65 scholars enrolled, and all seem glad it this winter, and incur no debt.
at the prospect. A Ladies' Aid Society Mr. Otlez's contract called for $1,316, and was organized, which will do something to we hold back $57 until the doors are in. We complete the furnishing of the chapel. After thank God, the Home Mission Society, and years of idleness this church now seems to all those who have aided us in this good work. have entered upon a prosperous career. We have only ten resident members, but our T he chapel at Glen Flora is not yet comprayer-meetings are interesting and very en- pleted, but has made good progress. We
have assisted the New Richmond church in raising $100 for the chapel fund, which the Home Mission Society is to duplicate. This will enable the church to remove the indebtedness on their chapel.
There are a number of new towns springing up all through this region where mission work should be commenced at once, but for lack of funds we are obliged to let them go. The Baptists have a splendid opportunity to redeem some of the work lost in the past if they will only put in the workers.
There are several small churches which cannot support a pastor without aid from the Convention or Home Mission Society. Several ministers have visited some of these churches, but would not consent to settle because they fear they will not receive a living. We must in some way get more money. To leave these little churches now means to let them die.
I trust the Home Mission Society will not drop our work at this critical time. Eau Claire, Wis.
M. A. PACKER.
of work are moving along nicely, and we are planning for enlargement and increased activity during the coming year. We aim to pay off most, if not all, our indebtedness before another new year. We also hope to become self-supporting at the close of the next quarter.
I succeeded in settling a pastor for onehalf time at Huron, one of my outstations, the latter part of November. This leaves me only one outstation at present, but I will probably find another soon.
I held a ten days meeting of week nights only at Robinson, which is about 17 miles from Horton, beginning December 9th, which resulted in the organization of a new Baptist church with 19 good substantial charter members and one candidate approved for baptism. A new Sunday-school was also organized, a prayer meeting established and steps taken to secure a pastor for onehalf time. I have organized several Baptist churches, but none with a more hopeful outlook before it than this one. The town has a population of 400 or 500 and is several miles from any other Baptist Church.
You will discover from this that I have been practicing a little expansion into the regions beyond my immediate field. The Lord opened up the way very plainly and laid his hand upon me in such a way that I was compelled to go. J. N. KIDD.
Rev. E. S. Lindblad, pastor of the Bethel Swedish Baptist Church of Minneapolis, Minn., writes encouragingly of the present condition of things as well as of the immediate outlook.
Rev. E. D. Cameron writes from South McAlester, I. T., that they have just enjoyed an old-fashioned revival with more than one hundred converts, several of whom have already united with the Baptist Church. They are in the process of erecting a parsonage, which will be a great convenience when finished.
Rev. J. E. Conner, reports an interesting revival at Dorchester, Neb.
Rev. S. E. Whipkey has moved from Kentucky to Claremore, Ind. Ter., and his family are greatly pleased with the new country, and he is entering hopefully upon his work as pastor of the church. A new parsonage is being erected.
Rev. J. M. Daniel, says that "the church at Watertown, S. D., is using all available space to accommodate the audiences; people have been turned away for lack of standing room. The debt which has hung on for fourteen years was paid December 2. All the city seems to rejoice. The members raised the money among themselves, some of the poorer ones took in washing or baked and sold bread to earn money."
Rev. J. H. Van Leu, doing missionary work among the negroes of Kansas, writes: “At Wichita the Second Church has been under a heavy mortgage for ten or twelve years. I have assisted the pastor in canceling it, and the church is now free of debt. The Friendship Church has canceled the debt on its building site. The Tabernacle Church has also paid its debt."
Brother Niclaus furnishes the following interesting account of his recent experiences among the Russians of North Dakota:
“I left for Dickenson November 28. Found thirty-five Russian families 25 miles northwest of Dickenson, all Roman Catholics, having transferred from the Greek Church. Also found twenty-five Bohemian families, all Catholics. Visited several residences. Sunday forenoon called on Russian Polander family. R. C. Made no headway. Sunday
As a church, we are still enjoying a good degree of prosperity. All our departments
afternoon and evening visited four families. zero in the morning. The Sunday-school Talked about R. C. idols and pictures. Told room, pipe organ and other improvements them to pray to God direct, not to pictures in the church have cost between $22,000 and idols. Knelt down to pray and one and $23,000, and every dollar of it has of the four men knelt with me. One of the been provided for. There was not even a others said to me:
report of the Building Committee given at “Please learn me to pray to God the way the dedicatory service, nor any reference you do.'
to money matters except the ordinary offer“I told him 'I cannot learn you to praying of the church. They have the most as I do; I can tell you how to pray to commodious and best arranged and equipped God for yourself, just as your little girl Sunday-school room that I have been in in when she wants something to eat says: “Papa, my district, even including the Twin cities. give me some bread to eat," or your little They have sixteen class rooms besides the girl says to her mother: "Ma, give me a new large center room in which the Sundaydress.". Just so must you go straight to school meets for the opening exercises. God and ask for that which you want and Rev. J. F. Mills, the pastor, has worked with not to a picture on the wall or to an image intense energy in this enterprise, and has or to any man, but to God.' This was the been supported by very loyal and self-sacribest sowing place for the seed. Talked ficing people. Twenty years ago, Rev. Mr. till midnight. Monday morning went three Huntley, General Missionary for North miles further west and found another four Dakota for the American Baptist Home families, all R. C. Talked two or three hours Mission Society, went to Grand Forks to till they were about to put me out. Went look over the field. He found there three three miles further west and found another Baptists, and thirteen in the country. A four families who were all in one of the four church was then organized with sixteen houses. This was in the evening. All were members. Its membership now is 300, R. C. They said: 'Our religion don't with an average attendance of more than allow us to listen to anybody but the priests.' 300 in the Sunday-school. With these enStayed there all night. These people talk the larged facilities and opportunities, the prosLittle Russian. They are wild and untamed, pects for enlargement of Baptist work in much worse than the Russians around Grand Forks are very bright. The estimated Balfour. This also applies to those around · value of the church and parsonage is $35,000. Wilton.
I returned home last evening somewhat “Went to Wilton on Friday and twenty- weary. Besides preaching twice, I spoke seven miles northwest of Bismarck found a few words in the Sunday-school, and in a forty Russian families, all Roman Catholics. fellowship meeting in the afternoon, at which Called at one house in which were three men pastors and members of other churches and one woman. These Russians are in were present. But I was grateful that I America longer and have some idea of the had the privilege of being there to take part Lutheran church. Called on twelve ur in the exercises that meant so much to the fifteen families. Am in hopes to be able to church.
0. A. WILLIAMS. cut in here some time later on. Those that could read wanted Russian Bibles. Found
Rev. S. C. Davis, writing from Cheyennes no Bible in any house while on my journey.
Wyo., says: “We have had the exterior of As for lice, the plagues of Egypt weren't
the meeting house painted; we have now in it. And there were fleas galore. I came
the largest Protestant Sunday-school in the back more dead than alive. The way some
State; a spirit of strong enthusiasm inspires of them live is bound to spread disease.
our people, and I believe the present year "Last Sunday held services at residence
is the last in which we shall have to ask aid of Mark Covlin, seven miles south of Balfour.
of the Society.” Will stay in this community until after Christmas."
Rev. H. B. Gibbons, pastor at Raton,
New Mexico, calls attention to the large I spent Sunday, December 15, at Grand number of Baptists of the East found in the Forks, N. D. I preached both morning and West, who do not carry with them their evening at the dedication of their enlarged church letters nor connect themselves with church. They had a great day notwith- local Baptist churches. He thinks that if standing the temperature was 30° below Eastern pastors would advise members of
their flock on their removal to Western homes to take their church letters with them and at once connect themselves with a Baptist church, it might have a very wholesome influence.
Rev. H. Newberry, has become pastor of the Baptist church at Tempe, Ariz., entering upon his labors October 1st. He finds it quite a change from Michigan. Tempe is the seat of the Territorial Normal School, and is surrounded by a good agricultural region where there is an abundance of alfalfa, besides oranges, olives, figs, and other semi-tropical fruits. Brother Newberry speaks very appreciatingly of the work of his predecessor, Brother Whitaker, who left the church last April. During the interim the church kept up services and paid $150 on its parsonage debt.
Rev. W. H. Bowler, writing from Shoshone, Idaho, says: “Our new house of worship is a stone structure seating about 150, and has been erected by the church members without outside aid. It was completed and furnished without debt. Rev. L. G. Clark preached the dedicatory sermon. This was followed by the beautiful and impressive responsive dedication service prepared by Dr. Dwight Spencer and printed in the Home Mission Monthly.”
Rev. J. H. Everett has become pastor of the Baptist church at Mt. Vernon, Washington. He feels greatly encouraged in his work.
*Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them la the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” -MATTHEW 28:19.
Rev. G. S. Clevenger writes from Skagway, Alaska: “Alaska is not waning, but Skagway's present prospects are not bright. It is not wise to prognosticate, for no one can foretell the future. The church contains a number of excellent workers, harmonious and enthusiastic; the pastor preaches three times on Sunday and teaches a class in the Sunday-school.” He says: “We are very pleasantly located in the new parsonage; the long dark nights are creeping on, but we are not homesick and wish we might be able to build up a strong Baptist church here. We meet a large number of people and have many talks with individuals. It requires constant work each week to secure a congregation for the next Sunday,”
W. F. Binney, Ontario, Cal.,
Bohemiany, Lorraine, Kans.,
Calvary Ch., Berwyn, I. T., Wilhelm Kohler, Swedes. Meriden, Conn., N; E. Johnson, 2d Swede Ch., Brooklyn, N. Y., W: H. Setzer, Anaconda, Mont., W. R. Rickman, Corvallis, Hamilton and Stev
ensville, Mont., Geo. C. Jeffers, Alliance, Neb., R. P. Pope, White Oaks, Ản us and Nogal,
Gen. Miss'y, Colored, Ark.,
Mt. Ary Ch., Colo ed, Cherokee.
Kans., A. B. Withers,
Gypsy, W. Va.,..
Gen. Miss'y, Indians, I. T.,
La Grande, Ore.,