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BOLIVIAN INDIAN MISSION

The monthly meeting of the Punedin Council of the Bolivian Indian Mission T.as held last evening. Mr A. H. Heycock presiding-—Correspondence from the field stated that in the case of two or three of the missionaries their health v.-as nnt, as good as might be wished. The gospel cervices held in iSan Pedro continued to be 'well attended, a number of natives from distant parts beinjj present. The fcritish and Foreign Bible Society and the American Bible Society had jointly agreed to defray all expenses involved in the translation of the New Testament into the Quechua tongue, and Senm- Barron, in conjunction with other workers acquainted with that language, was doing- excellent work Two of the gospels had been completed; and a. third nearly so. In the caae of the Epistle to tho Romans difficulty was being felt in finding words to convey the right shade of thought, owiii<j to tho poverty of the Quechua vocabulary. In financial matters, the value o: the pound sterling had. in comparison to the national currency, risen by one-fourth, and food had gone up in price. As, however, the missionaries have eiqht months' supplies in hand, the rise, will not aliVvt them meanwhile. At tho end of October the present national war had not had any marked effect on the state of the republic. Invitations had been received fmm the Indians oi Torotoro, Acacio, and Moscari for missionary couples to take up resi4«noe amongst thern, but until more workers go to the field their wishes cannot be entertained.—During the evening Sir and Sirs Horace Grocott, who returned invalided from Bolivia in May last, acting on confirmed medical advice, handed in tiek resignations as official members of the mission. A nervous breakdown requires that Mr Grocott should not return to the arduous work and life in the high altitudes of Bolivia. Regret was expressed at toe circumstances under which Sir and Mrs Grocott were obliged to relinquish their missionary labors, and it \vas decided to transmit the resignation to t-ae Field Council, with a strong recommendation that workers should avail themselves as far as possible of the use of paimals for transport, as experience has fchown thai the great strain put upon the circulatory system by foot travelling at high elevations has a" prejudicial effect on the health of the missionaries.

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BOLIVIAN INDIAN MISSION, Issue 15704, 19 January 1915

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BOLIVIAN INDIAN MISSION Issue 15704, 19 January 1915

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