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I can imagine that the home missionary 1884 the voluntary contributions for the mainwork might come to an end—the whole country tenance of church elementary schools amounted brought to a knowledge of the Lord and Master to £1,746,321, and provided accommodation for -but I cannot imagine the time coming until 7,373,941 children; while in the same period our Lord appears in glory, when the work of the voluntary contributions for all other elechurch erection will cease.
mentary schools amounted to £461,723. CareBrethren, the salvation of this country does ful calculations bring out the result that in the not depend upon Presbyterians; but it would quarter of a century from 1860 to 1884, the vol. be to their eternal disgrace if in it they bore untary expenditure of the church has reached not their full share. But if they are to bear the enormous sum of £81,573,237. In 1885 the their share, the home missionary work must Church of England Temperance Society had an never be divorced from that of church erection. income of £5494. Towards the Metropolitan
You recall the remark of the French officer Hospital Sunday Fund, between 1873 and 1886, as he watched the gallant charge of the light 10,214 collections made by the church probrigade as at Balaklava they rode into the jaws duced the sum of £300,679, and 7433 collections of death—“It is magnificent, but it is not war.” of other bodies produced £99,929.”
To spend $800,000 upon home missionary work this year is magnificent ; but if you give not in due proportion to the building of
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 3, 1887. churches, you are sending out an army with- Rev. E. N. WHITE, D.D. out the means of entrenchment by which to DEAR BROTHER :-Your kind favor, with enhold the ground.
closed check, etc., has been received. In behalf “IT IS MAGNIFICENT, BUT IT IS NOT WAR."
of our church I desire to express to the Board our
sincere thanks. Our church building is a very A writer in the new agnostic paper, the Open
pleasant one. It was dedicated by Dr. John Hall, Court, says of the “ atrocious evangelical theol
of your city, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Sample, who ogy of our day," that “ It is like a scroll cast is, I believe, your successor, on Sunday, February into the fire—the writing is legible long after
20, at 3 o'clock. I hope some time that we may the vital cohesion of the fibres has been de- have the pleasure of showing you our very pleasstroyed.” He says of Roman paganism, when
ant place of worship, in the erection of which we in that condition, that it was easily suppressed, have been so largely helped by the Board. merely by closing the temples; and that re
The receipt will be forwarded at once to the pressive taxation of the churches would as
treasurer, Mr. Campbell. With many thanks, promptly end the feeble remaining power of Christian superstition. It is not wholly true to
I am, yours fraternally,
FRANCIS J. GINKE. say that the closing of the houses of public worship would destroy the Christian religion, but it is true that it would place it at so great
SPRING CITY, TENX., March 23, 1887, disadvantage that its ability for aggression
DEAR BROTHER :- I believe that all the correwould be gone, and in time it would disappear. And the converse is true—that opening houses spondence relating to the grant to Piney Falls of worship is the very best work that the Church is now at an end. I would, in behalf of church can do. Nothing is so much needed as the church, tender to you the thanks of all conthis in our great cities and on all mission fields. cerned. The aid rendered us has been of great It is well to study the parts of our aggressive service to us. Everything has been done in a and defensive organization which attract the
kindly spirit. There has been room for some of us most attention of the enemy.- The Interior.
to be taxed somewhat heavily, but we have a neat church. It was dedicated on Sabbath last and six
members were received-all of them by profession. "In the year 1885," says England, “£1,733,
We hope this building may be the birthplace of 900 was given by voluntary offerings to Church of England building and restoration, to the en
many souls. There is great joy over it. The text dowment of benefices, to parsonage houses and
of dedication sermon, Hag. 1:8, “Go up to the burial grounds. Between the years 1876 and
mountain," etc. 1885, 2557 churches have been restored, and 819
Yours in gospel bonds, new churches have been built. From 1882 to
D. M. Wilson.
REPORT TO THE ASSEMBLY. abandoned the hope of being permitted, with
restored health, to resume their labors in the The Thirty-second Annual Report of the
foreign field. The wife of one of these misBoard of Relief was presented to the As
sionaries, in acknowledging a remittance from sembly at Omaha, May 21. The following
the Board, says: statements from it are reprinted for those “My dear husband remains just the same. who may not see the report, or may desire He is taking every possible means to restore to have them in THE CHURCH as more con- his health, so that he may get a certificate of venient for preservation and reference.
health from his physician in order that he may Copies of the report in full will be sent on
return to China.” application to the office of the Board, 1334
It is obvious, indeed, that missionaries conChestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
stitute a class especially liable to suffer from
want when no longer able to serve the church THE NUMBER ON THE ROLL
in the noble and self-denying work to which to whom remittances were sent upon the rec
they have consecrated their lives. Not only ommendation of presbyteries, during the year
do their salaries, like those of most ministers, from April 1, 1886, to April 1, 1887, was 532:
preclude the laying by of anything for sickness that is, ministers, 220; widows of ministers,
or old age, but missionaries, whether in the 284; orphan families, 28. The number of home or foreign field, do not sustain those refamilies provided for during the year at the
lations with parishioners (whom God has blessed Ministers' House, Perth Amboy, N. J., was 30;
with means) that often lead an appreciative making upon the roll of the Board during the and affectionate people to see that no want past year a total of 562 families. In a number comes to the pastor who has grown old in their of these families there is only one person, the
service, or who has broken down in the midst aged minister or widow; a larger number con
of his faithful and self-denying labors for their sists of aged couples, sometimes with an invalid highest interests. We have on our roll many daughter or orphan grandchildren depending
who have given their best years to missionary upon them; a still larger number consists of work abroad, or under our Home Missionary widows of ministers with children not old
Board in this country or in the Freedmen's enough to earn anything for their support, and
Board. And not only ministers. of ministers broken down in the midst of their usefulness with wife and children to be cared for. The number who share in the appropri
The Report to the General Assembly of 1885 ations made by the Board to these 562 families
of its Standing Committee upon Ministerial
Relief, Rev. Edward Cooper, D.D., chairman, may be estimated at about
contained the following recommendation : TWO THOUSAND PERSONS,
“ It is also recommended that female misThe presbyterial recommendations in their
sionaries, who are neither widows nor daughbehalf came from 148 presbyteries. All of the
ters of ministers and therefore not under the bome synods are represented upon our roll ex
rules of the Board for granting appropriations, cept the recently-erected Synod of North Da
be included among its beneficiaries. Every kota.
year brings new laborers into the mission work
of the church from the ranks of highly-cultured FOREIGN AND HOME MISSIONARIES. and consecrated young women, who have access The Presbytery of West Africa recommends to the millions of their sex heretofore beyond three families; and whilst there are no recom- the reach of preacher and teacher. These acmendations from other presbyteries in the cessions, responsive to the missionary spirit of missionary synods, it should be stated that a women's missionary labors and in answer to number of returned missionaries are receiving strong cries for the rescue of millions of their aid from the Board upon the recommendation sisters from the woes of heathen life, are entitled of the presbyteries with which they are now to this recognition." connected at home. Some of these have not And the Assembly endorsed this recommen
dation of its committee by passing unanimously A reference to a visit he made to some friends the following resolution:
shows that this veteran is, indeed, “not disposed “That women who have given themselves to to be an idler;" and it also incidentally shows the missionary work be placed on the roll for that the annual expenses for his “few remainthe benefactions of this Board upon the same ing years here” (which are not sufficiently covconditions as ministers."
ered by his “generous” appropriation from the
Board) are not very largely met by the comMISSIONARIES AND PASTORS ON OUR ROLL pensation he receives for what many younger STILL USEFUL.
men would consider hard work. He says: And the church should not overlook the fact
"My health, while there, greatly improved ; that many of these faithful missionaries, though
so that I felt warranted in undertaking minisno longer enrolled in either of our missionary
terial labor again, as the Lord might indicate. boards, are still rendering service to the great
I was engaged in it every Sabbath (and during and sacred cause to which their lives are de
the week) of last month, but all gratuitously, voted. A secular paper recently received at
except three dollars received; and I was enthis office contains in full a sermon preached
couraged in it and enjoyed it, although I took by an aged minister, now upon our roll, whose
some cold in changing around so much amidst infirmities have caused his withdrawal from
the winds and uncertain weather of March." active work in the home missionary field. It
Are not many of these blessed men upon our is an earnest and forcible plea for home mis
roll rendering to the church, even in the fullsions, of which he speaks from the fullness of
ness of their old age, an actual service which his own experience. Frequent letters to the
is more than an equivalent for the moderate office from these aged men upon our roll,—who appropriation made through the Board for their are no longer able to sustain the labors of the support in “ the few remaining years” of their pastorate, or at least who seem to be no longer
lives? wanted by the churches in this position,-show
WITHDRAWALS FROM THE ROLL. not only that the desire to be useful in their
During the year twenty families have withsacred calling is unabated, but many of them
drawn from the roll, a change in pecuniary report an amount of work actually done that
circumstances or restored health rendering shows an abundant fruit-bearing in old age. further aid from the Board no longer necesSurely the provision afforded by the church,
sary. Twenty-eight persons have died, being through this Board, for the comfort of their de
heads of families; that is, twenty-one ministers clining years should not be regarded merely as
and seven widows. a grateful appreciation of faithful services in
ADDITIONS TO THE ROLL. past years on missionary fields, or of labors often as arduous and self-denying in the pas- But the number of those whose names no torate at home! One of them, who, as our longer appear upon the roll of the Board is records show, has been nearly fifty years in the largely exceeded by the number of new appliministry, recently writes :
cants. These bave been eighty-eight during “I have been enabled, in the good providence the year; that is, fifty-one ministers, thirtyof God, to improve all my time, by night and three widows and four orphan families. Most day, ever since I went to in reading, of these ministers are laid aside from the active studying, writing, visiting and preaching. I duties of their sacred calling by the infirmities have written, among other things, several arti- of old age; and the letters from the chairmen, cles for different papers, secular and religious- enclosing the recommendations of the presbycopies of several of which I have forwarded to teries, bear testimony to the high character and you, not to task your time and patience so much the faithful, self-denying work done by these in reading them as to show you that, as one of veterans of the cross. Last year, including the the beneficiaries of the Board, I was not dis- families at Perth Amboy, we had only 507 posed to be an idler wherever and however I upon our roll; but, notwithstanding this large could do any good for my Master. And I am increase of 55 families to be provided for, the anxious and willing to help myself in bearing liberality of God's people has enabled the my annual expenses for my few remaining Board to pay in full all the appropriations years here, so far as the Lord will enable me; asked for by the presbyteries, to provide all especially as the amount the Board of Relief needful comforts for the aged and the invalids now so generously appropriates will not cover at the Ministers' House, and to report to the nearly all such expenses."
Assembly a good working balance with which
to begin the new year. For this we rejoice pathy and love for ministers and their kindred, and thank God.
ever watchful and untiring in her efforts to But it would be a painful result of this large make the members of her large family combalance, which will all be needed before the fortable and happy. In her onerous and fresummer months are over, if it should induce, quently harassing duties she exercises great on the part of the friends of this sacred cause, patience, always thoughtful of those needing any relaxation of effort on its behalf during the constant care, and giving personal attention, coming year. We enter the new year with an ofttimes night and day, to the sick and feeble.” addition of nearly sixty families to our roll; The Board begs to refer the Assembly to and the same unwearied and zealous work that what has been said in previous reports upon secured the enlarged contributions of last year the general subject of the house—this “Elim must not be relaxed if the Board is to continue in the wilderness," as it is called in the report to pay in full the appropriations that will be to the Assembly of its last Standing Committee recommended by the presbyteries. And can upon Ministerial Relief,“ where weary pilgrims the church be satisfied with the present low have been refreshed; some to renew their servscale of appropriations ? The maximum during ice here, others to ascend to the house above.” the past year was $300; the average appropri- But we repeat the question asked in our reation to each family upon the roll being less port of last year, Ought not this home to be enthan $200.
dowed? The entire expense is defrayed out of THE MINISTERS' HOUSE AT PERTH AMBOY,
the annual collections from the churches, every
dollar of which is needed for remittances sent The number of guests at the Ministers'
to the hundreds of destitute families upon our House has been larger than in any previous
roll. A home for Baptist ministers has just year. There have been upon the roll during been opened near Philadelphia, with an enthe year thirty families—in all, thirty-six per
dowment of nearly $300,000, the bequest of a sons. Of these, fifteen are ministers, one of
member of the Baptist church in Germantown, whom is in his ninety-fourth year, another in
Pa. The Home for Aged Ministers, to which his ninety-first. Two deaths bave occurred
Mrs. John C. Mercer bequeathed $100,000 and during the year, making six since the house
a most valuable property in Montgomery counwas opened four years ago. An aged minister, ty, Pa., has also been opened during the past in the early spring, fell asleep in the triumphs
year. Is there not some Presbyterian, whom of the gospel he so much loved to preach in
God has blessed with wealth, and also with a the years of his health and strength. In July
heart to honor his ministry and to sympathize a widow, who had, with her husband, been a
with his poor, who will endow this home at guest at the house since it was first opened,
Perth Amboy for the disabled and aged minispassed away to her final rest, rejoining in the
ters of our own beloved church? What nobler house not made with hands her husband, who
memorial before the Lord could be reared in had died at the home during the previous year.
the coming centennial year by any PresbyteSeveral ministers, broken down under the
rian? pressure of pastoral work, have sought temporarily the quiet and rest afforded by the
The whole amount received for current use house, and they refer gratefully to this retreat, during the fiscal year from April 1, 1886, to where, free from care and expense, the over
April 1, 1887, was $136,323.58—an increase of tasked mind and body found relief, and they nearly sixteen thousand dollars over the year were again fitted for work. One of them previous. The sources from which this income writes:
was derived and the amounts were as follows: “Having spent a number of weeks at the (1) Contributions from the churches, $96,769 10 Ministers' House, Perth Amboy, and realized
(2) Contributions from individuals, 22,061 17 substantial benefit from my stay there, I feel
(3) Interest from Permanent Fund, 16,378 18 (4) Interest from deposits in bank,
309 30 like commending that home to brethren suffer
(5) Miscellaneous receipts,
805 83 ing from nervous prostration, as I was, and needing rest. It is a good place to recuperate Total, . .
$136,323 58 the overtaxed brain or body, because it is To the amount of contributions in money located in a retired, quiet place, free from ($118,830.27) must be added the value of the noise and bustle. Miss Bower, the superin- boxes of clothing ($10,051.27) sent by the tendent, is a lady of fine sensibilities, of quick ladies, who have this year doubled even their discernment, with a warm heart, full of sym- generous gift of last year.
RECEIPTS FOR CURRENT USE.
THE PERMANENT FUND.
BOXES OF CLOTHING sent by ladies' associThe report then discusses the Permanent
ations, the treasurer's annual report, the reFund, and shows that the income from it ceipts in detail from churches, Sabbathhas fallen off $1441.83 in the year just schools and individuals, and a tabular stateclosed, although the fund itself has risen by ment of amounts by each presbytery drawn donations and legacies from $350,645.15, as
out of the treasury and paid into it. The reported last year, to $365,538.08, as given total number of churches contributing is this year in the treasurer's statement-an
3233; of non-contributing, 2831. increase of nearly $15,000. This falling
The report was referred to the Assembly's off is due to the fact that loans made years
Committee on Ministerial Relief, Rev. Wilago are now maturing, and must be re
son Phraner, D.D., chairman. On their invested at a much lower rate of interest. recommendation the following resolutions This re-adjustment of loans from our Per- were adopted by the Assembly: manent Fund at a lower rate of interest, as
Resolved, That the General Assembly recogthey mature, is likely to continue for some
nizes with devout thanksgiving the increased years, so that it will require very large ad
and increasing interest manifested in the work ditions to this fund to make the receipts and commends the energy, discretion and fidel
of ministerial relief, and heartily appreciates from it even stationary. During the past ity of those by whom in its name these importyear there was added to it the sum of
ant trusts have been administered. $14,892.93; but of this amount, $1000 was Resolved, That while rejoicing in that wheregiven on condition that the Board pay the unto we have already attained, yet this Assemdonors an annuity during their lives, mak- bly recognizes the need of yet more general ing, for the present, these gifts a charge
effort and more liberal contributions, both in
behalf of the Permanent Fund and for the upon the Board, rather than any increase of its revenues. Other sums have been re
more generous support of this work in its ap
propriations for the current year. ceived by the Board upon like conditions in
Resolved, That the statement that more than previous years, and the whole amount of
2800 of our 6000 churches have taken no colsuch annuities now paid is $1228.22. lections during the past year for this important
The report quotes the action of successive and blessed work is one which occasions both Assemblies which have urged the enlarge great surprise and deep regret that so many of ment of the Permanent Fund so as to secure
our churches, and that to so large an extent the appropriations for the sick and aged
some of our presbyteries, stand aloof and take
no part in this effort to recognize the claims and servants of the church against the fluctu
minister to the needs of those so especially enations of annual contributions.
titled to the affectionate regard and generous The report then speaks of INDIVIDUAL consideration of the church of Christ. GIFTS, the gratifying increase in CHURCH Resolved, That the Assembly regards with COLLECTIONS and in the CONTRIBUTIONS favor the effort recently inaugurated to enlist FROM SABBATH-SCHOOLS, and shows the and utilize the interest and influence of the great assistance rendered by THE ELDERS to
eldership in behalf of this agency for the repastors in awakening interest and multiply
lief and help of those laid aside from the acting gifts to the treasury. An account is
ive work of the church. This Assembly would
reiterate its approval of the special arrangegiven of two of their meetings in behalf of
ments suggested last year, by which an elder the Board held during the last year-one in should be associated with the pastor in the Chicago, the other in Baltimore.
oversight of the interests of this Board in their Then follows an ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF congregations.