A deputation from the British and Foreign Bible Society waited upon the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church yesterday afternoon and asked for the continued, support of the church. The speakers were the Rev. David Calder, Dominion secretary; the EeTS. D. J. A. Shaw and T. liiddle. The Modorator replied that tho society would continue to have the assistance of the church. After careful consideration and examination of the latest available information,... regarding the: working and results of tho budget and weekly freewill offering system, a committee reported that a statement was sent out commending to ministers, home missionaries, and office-bearers the complete adoption of tho system. The convener of the committee, Mr. W. 11. Rose, quoted instances in Scotland and in A Te\v Zealand showing tho great success of the scheme. Mr. Rose moved that the report be adopted, that the Assembly commend the committee's proposals to presbyteries and congregations; also that ministers bo urged «to draw attention at intervals to the Assembly budget system. The report was adopted. The Rev. J. Hay submitted the report of the Maori Missions Committee, which gave thanks for the great progress maintained in all parts of the mission field, and placed' on record its sincere appreciation of ■ the self-sacri-ficing work done by the members of the staff. The Maori people, had again and again expressed thoir gratitude for the work which tho church had been able to do for them. The success of the work was seen in the fact, that year by-.year. the Maoris came in increasing numbers seeking baptism, for . themsolvea and. Aheir children. •..■■. An interesting address was given by Miss Kinross, principal of ■ Turakina Girls' College, who said-.that, the college had experienced the most successful year, of its career.,.. 45: girls being in-■••residence. : In the opinion .of .'.the speakcry- one of- 'thc'chief needs of. the Maori- peGploivas improvement in .their home life. The: discipline- of • school life carried1 out at tlie Turakina School helped to induce the girls to acquire better habits of life. One of the best means of improving the Maoris was bytraining the young people in boarding schools. The new college building at Turakina was much appreciated by those engaged in the mission. The Assembly adopted the- report, and acknowledged the good work of the missionaries.
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY, Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 134, 9 June 1931
GENERAL ASSEMBLY Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 134, 9 June 1931
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