Three very interesting servise* were conducted at the Tabernacle yesterday by .Dr. Charles North, M.8., M.R.C.S. There were good congregations in the morning and afternoon, while in the evening the church was comfortably filled.
At the morning service Dr. North took for his text " The Brother for whose sake Christ Died." On this test he urged a very strong plaa for those in othor lands who are sittiug in heathen darkness. Life was very cheap in lands where Christianity was not known. In proof of this the speaker related somo thrilling and pathetic incidents where women and children were leftsick and dying on the roadside totally uucared for. Such eights were very common in India. Christianity was a religion of love, and it alone built hospitals and sent out medical missionaries to care for the sick and suffering.
At the afternoon service a very interesting address was given to the children of the school and their friends.
In the evening Dr North preached from a model text for a medical missionary contained in Mark 1.32-33. He stated that when Jesus Christ commenced his ministry there were urgent questions on Politics, Philosophy, etc., agitating the public mind, but, though he coald have given important information on these, he did not. He busied himself with the sick and suffering and sinful, helping and healing all who came to him. That was the work of the medical missionary to-day. The need was exceedingly great. As to Hinduism, its rites were obscene and its priests immoral. He knew of a priest who with an enchanting wand called the sick to come that he might heal them, he charged high fees, and at the same time the man was decaying with leprosy. A vivid picture was drawn of the sad conditions of the child widows of India. Bengal alone contains five and a half millions of widows, of whom forty-two thousand are under 10 years of age. An interesting description was given of work in the mission hospitals and dispensaries, where every year some 4,000 patients representing about 900 villages are treated. To nearly all of these the gospel of the love of God is totally new and among them some 600 copies of the gospel are sold annually. To-night this work will ba fully illustrated ab the Tabernacle by numerous lantern views, and a collection will be taken up in aid thereof.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905
THE TABERNACLE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905
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