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PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914
Skcond Day.— Thursday. The Assembly resumed at 7 p.m. ir First Church, the Rev. A. Grant [Moderator) prosiding. --Missionary Training Institute.— The report of the committee of the Missionary Training Institute showed hat during the year the work in the institute had gone" on much as in formci irears. Tho students had made manifest arogress, and had given satisfaction tc •he teachers. The number of stotionts :his year was the smallest the institute !iad had. That it had been possible tc ?arry on the institute for the last 1C year's with such slender resources had been due to the capable management oi Mrs Blackie (tho lady superintendent! nd the unfailing help given to her bj Mr W. 11. Adams, the hon. treasurer. Professor Hev.itson moved the adoptior af the report. What always struck bin was tho very great pleasure that all concerned with the institute found ii their work. Everybody seemed pleascc
to associate with the students, and the students took marked interest in their work.
Mr Adams seconded the motion. The institute started without a penny, and its success had exceeded the most sanguine expectations. Funds had been ' amply provided. This year tho receipts I were' £707. The property in Cumberland street was now worth about £2,000. The I purchase price was £1.825. £IOO was spent in repairs, and there was furniture worth £3OO. So that they had a property valued at close on £2,500. carrying- a mortgage of £6OO, and £IOO credit in the savings bank. The de'.iverance agreed to was as follows :—"Adopt the report; thank the Presbyterian Women's Missionary Union for their support during the year and the lecturers for their honorary and valuable service, and anew commend the institute to the sympathy of the Church." At the" sugscstion of Professor Hewitson, the Moder-'tor handed to Miss Thompson and Miss Harrington the certificates gained as the result of their two years' course. —Foreign Missions.— The report of the Foreign Missions Committee as signed by Professor Hewit son (convener) and the Rev. A. Don (secretary) gave details of the progress of the work in the various fields. As to the New Hebrides, all the mission property was destroyed bv the 1913 earthquake, and the person -1 ! losses of the staff were estimated at £BOO. As to China, political unrest and semi-official opposition have m»de work in the Canton Villages specially difficult, yet it has been carried on with considerable success. As to India, the opening of the completed part of Jagadhri hospital has been a great gain to the mission. Tho deputation to the East was rapidly taking shape and the date for leaving New Zealand had been fixed, when the European war broke out, whereupon the. committee decided that it is not practi'-ible this year. The student volunteers who are expecting to serve abroad under our church arc Rev. J. XV. Ros«. Chas. E. Hercus. A. L. Miller. Doris C. .Tollv, Jean Graham. A. M'Neur, XV. P. P. Gordon. J. M. Cole. E. A. Andrews. Leslie F. Stewart. D. A. Bathgate. H. Budd, R. B. Watson, J. G. Stewart, and F. IL Wilkinson. The recommendations of the committee include the following :—That the Assembly extend Dr Bowie's furlough till next "December, and in the meantime accept with thanks Dr Bowie's offer to take up medical work in New Zealand for a year and await developments in the New Hebrides situation : inquiries to be made concerning a suitable sphere for Dr Bowie in China. That the Assembly approve of the amendment of the C.V.M. Constitution so as to read : " Necessary expense for language tuition, as authorised by the Mission Council, shall be provided during the first five yeirs on the field. The Mission Council shall also arrange so that a teacher or writer is available on each station, to assist tho missionaries in their work."
Professor Hcwitson. in moving the adoption of the report, spoke- of th-_> mir.eion.T-v principle and its hnpnrtanco to tho 00101nnd of the world, and pland-'d for liberal snppnrt to the work of frnn'i'ip men and women io po forth and pre.T-h Cliri-t.. In this connection pro at credit was due to the P.W.M.U.. without whose help it would be itr.poxsi'lih to rairv on the work it: the Canton villages. Tho ppekor referred in detail to members of the st"ff raid their domes, and 'penally mentioned the Bev. P. Milne, of K-'iina, who had attained his 80th birthday and the 45ih vear of his service The Hon. J G. W Aitken said tbf PresKvterian Church was very fortunate in having such a splendid combination of men and women in !h<* three mir.«inn fields. The work in those fields was net e?sv. In each one everv man and woman had to call up their re-serves of strength and spirituality in order to carry on. TV Bowie's deeds at the time of i!v> A m lniin disaster were- unrh as to show him to be a hero. It was (he <luiv of all to support these- missionaries l»y prayer and sympathy and finanonl assistance. TV and Mrs Bowie were welcomed by the Moderator, tho whole eonsrepation risinc to do honor to these missionaries. TV Bowie addressed the Assembly. He said he had been in some strange positions —he had slept in a tree, on a road, and on. a rock, and he had been in many scrimmages with savages—but thnt night he felt out of place, for he was only a medical, not trained to speaking. It was 15 vears since he had had the privilege of attending tho Assembly. Perhaps he might say something about how the work i\ as progressing at Ambrim before leaving. When he went there the last time the natives gave him £220 with which to buy a new engine for the motor boat, eo as to get more quickly tram place to place, and the natives also collected £2OO for the new church, some giving as much as a halfyear's salary. The congregation had aJso provided £BOO towards tho ikw hospital, which cost altogether about £1,500. Fortyei"ht patients had to be carried out of that hospital when the explosion came. Not once did one of the natives break into a run, for all their terror, whilst carrying the patients to ■ the boats. Some of the natives had gone back to a corner of the island, and when he called in Uieie to say good-bye before leaving fox New Zealand they asked him to get the white! people to help them to build another hospital. That project was now hung; up on account of the war, because there was practically no means of commankafcif,
Mr'M'Neur spoke of the changes in the I nature of the missionary work in China, rt was now more intensive. In the old Jays the missionary went everywhere, j preaching the Gospel. That plan had its disadvantages. For one thing, it was difficult to get the Chinaman past the toreigner to his message. The Chinaman ivas so interested in the foreigner, his appearance, his manner, and his dress, that! by the time the preacher had fii ished the Chinaman had hardly begun to hear what j the missionary had be?n tryincr to say. Besides, the old" style of work did not always have permanent results. Now they were in a sense narrowing the sphere of operaLions, with the intention of carryinc the water of life over the whole land of China. The plan was to tain the Chinese to do the work. The evangelists of China ivould be Chinese. This put emphasis on the educational side of missionary work. It also led to co-operation as between the various missions, which now worked together in many matteis. Another change was the predominance of the Chinese church in place of the predominance of tho mission. The missionaries' wished the Chinese to have control over their own church, and they were quite capable of undertaking these responsibilities. Tho Chinese evangelists were doing most effective and faithful work. Tho Assembly agreed to the transfer of the Itev. T. ]•:. 'Riddle from the Presbytery of O'liristchureh to the Presbytery of Wairarapa. 'Hie recommendations mentioned above, and others, weic adopted. Rev. A. Don explained in a most interesting manner tho reason for voting money for the expeneas of language tuition,' telling the meeting that foreigners always bad the greatest difficulty in writimr classical Chinese. Professor Howitson mentioned, when Dr Bowie's position was under consideration, that if th<» door opened at Now Hebrides it was to that station that Dr Bowie would The Assembly rose at 10 p.m.
PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914
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