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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

FOREIGN MISSIONS COMMITTEE. I The Foreign -Mts-non, Committee ot the Presbyterian Lnureh of New Zealand met this wee*;, when more were piereut: i*rofc«~r H: wit sou (convener), .Misnames Allan, Barton, Tll.ukie, Dixon, ML-s Salmoi.d. irevs. 11. 11. i-iu i’tun, i>. I’am maid, and G. tl Baitour, .Uewis Annins, Dla-s----gow, Clark, and tne secretaiy. Apologies for absence weie received from se.en mein- j bers. —General ] The Convener reported that the Assemhlv's special comnutiee in connection with me deputation to me Bast had met. U is hoped that circumstances will allow the deputation to lea\e New Zealand about October, 19j5, to visit the missions in India and China. The. Mission Council at Canton hail forwarded valuable inemorruncla dealing with th© various p.oblonis of the work in the Canton villages. Dr R. P. Mackay, secretary ot the Canadian Presbyterian Mission IScard. wrote j fected by this terrible war. Our tio.ds ! luive so lur been undisturbed, and wo are i sending not only missionaries returning after furlough, but increasing our staff. We cherish the hope that, in past history, this war will be followed by a time of spiritual awakening If it snomci ue so, it would be well to have the field as well equipped as possible in oilier to reap a full harvest.” Dr Harlan P. Beach, librarian of the Day Missions Library at Yale University —the largest missions library at present in the world—thanked the committee for a grant of material. He sent a catalogue 1 showing 7,159 books listed up to March, 1902, and " suggestive only ol tho beginnings of the collection.” hearty thanks were accorded to Mrs Cattail for the handsome gift of valuable instruments which belonged to the late Dr Cattail, of Outram. Drs Bowie and Riley hail gone over the collection, and the former recommended its being sent to the mission hospital at Jagadhri. —New Hebrides.— Rev. P. Milne. Nguna. sent a full list of the quantities oi ai row root made _by the natives at his fta.ion, and sent to Now Zealand re pay for printing mission books and erecting schools and churches. From 1850, when they first lagan making, up to 1914 the total manufactured was 54,5161b, wheih had been sold at from 9d to Is per lb. and so had yielded a sum, after deducting expenses of shipment, etc., of over £2,000. Rev. W. Milne reported having gone to Vila and to Emal in his motor launch to conduct communion services: and Rev. O. Michelsen hud gone for tho same purpose in a whaleboat to Epi, where nearly the whole of the villagers on tho island turned out well dressed and clean. He and tho natives were busy budding a school-church four miles away at a small village. The materials cost £64, which they had contributed. Regarding tho war, Air”Michelsen says:—“H is not often that we get news- and perhaps it is tvs well.

The natives are very ensjer to hear how it is ({nins;. They are quite ready to go and help the British. They think they could Ix-at the Hermans on land, but would not like to meet them in the .air or on tho sea.” —Chino.— Dr Riley consider-? it inadvisable for Miss James to*return to Canton before September. 1915, but thinks she will he fit to undertake maternity nursing for six months after next January.' The committee agreed to the proposal, srib’cct to the approval of St Andrew's Church, Dunedin, which supports Miss James in the field. On the subject of union medical education, the attention of the committee was called to the valuable article by Dr P. Do Benoit, of Berne, the points of which are; (1) The Chinese need the verv best kind of medical education ; (2) in comparison with the greatness of the need, very little has been done: (3) we shall never meet tho need if we do not unite on some large and comprehensive plan. Dr Do Benoit advocates not only an interdenominational ._ but also an international union of American, British. German, and Swiss medical missionaries for the Canton province. Kong Ts’uen Hospital.—Rev. W. Mawson advised (October 17) that the deeds had been entered at the British Consulate for registration, and-were then in the Chinese Court, so that if no obstruction arose the stamped deed would soon be issued. Plans of residences were submitted and approved bv the committee. The plans of the hospital are being carefully revised by an expert in Dunedin. hen the deed is complete building will be begun at once. Dr John Kirk is due to arrive at Canton about tho 18th inst. It was resolved to consult Mr M’Xeur with regard to assistance for the German mission bordering on the C.V.M. —lndia. Rev. T. E. Riddle wrote from Bombay (Ch tuber 151 that he had been in camp for a fortnight, with the Expeditionary Porce. Both British and Indians were urgent that the chaplain* should travel on their troopships. The troops were to embark next day to leave tor tbe- front. o,nd ho wae coing aboard an almost purely Indian He expected to have three Punjabi to help him. It was reported that both Dr Porteous and Dr Robertson had signed a form staling that in case of emergency they would stand hv the Indian Government, so that they we're liable to be called upon at any time. During the absence of Mr Riddle the Sabat-hu leper has been put in the charge of Rev. J. A. By burn. Nurep Milne lias passed her first year’s language examination with 69* per cent. With regard to DrPorteous's furlough, it was decided that this should begin next year, unless the wax should hinder it. Mr Rybum sent the proceedings of the second annual meeting of the Punjab Representative Council of Missions, at which ho was a delegate. The council' sent a message of sympathy to the Belgian missions in the province, and a committee was appointed to inquire into the needs of German missionaries with a view to assisting them. Regarding the erection of a chnrch for the lepers at Sabathu, it was resolved that final consideration be deferred until Dr Porteous comes to New Zealand on furlough, no special anneals to ho made in the .meantime.

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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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