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The Revolution in China T
HE revolution in China is causing serious anxiety to the friends of missions throughout the world. The Board has been in constant com
munication by cable, through the China Council, with the various missions. No missionary connected with the Board has lost his life, and only one has been injured by a stray bullet. Many of the missionaries from Hunan have left their stations under order of the United States Consul, and have gone to Shanghai or one of the port cities. Some of the missionaries, especially women and children, along the line of travel of the soldiers have also removed to places of greater safety. Every precaution has been taken for safety of the lives of the missionaries.
It is difficult to foresee what the result of the revolution will be, but in the providence of God we believe it means larger opportunity for the extension of the Kingdom.
The Board has in China 359 institutions of learning with 7,000 pupils--136 organized churches with 18,470 communicants; a native force of nearly 707 preachers, teachers, Bible women, etc.; and thousands of Christians who are testifying to the Gospel of the grace of God.
Every Christian in the homeland should pray for them and for China in this hour of her great need.
The Standard Oil Company—The American Tobacco Company—The Missionary
Company in China
REV. H. W. LUCE.
T WAS only the other day we heard it
the bright and rather keen remark of an
up-to-date American business man. He belonged to that rapidly growing band of Christian laymen, who in ever greater numbers are now visiting the Far East in order to see with their own eyes and hear with their own ears what God hath wrought among the nations. Said he : "America seems to exercise influence out here through three channels, namely, The American Tobacco Company, The Standard Oil Company, and The Missionary Company, all three having the motto, 'Let There Be Light.'”
I suppose there is hardly a city or village in all the Empire where the deadly cigarette is not used, hardly a straw-thatched hut which may not change the ancient bean-oil
light for the brightness of Standard Oil. Light-bearers of the gospel also go to and fro, their rays piercing far into the ancient darkness; but their success cannot be at once so wide and so signal, for the simple reason that only trained hearts can carry this blessing and must appeal to the hearts of others to receive it, while any untrained coolie may carry the tobacco and oil, appealing to men's lower physical passions or needs.
Recently a group of missionaries gathered together from all parts of Shantung were listening to the venerable Dr. Hunter Corbett as he reviewed the fifty years of missions in Shantung which he himself had witnessed. We were deeply impressed with what we might call the physical darkness which surrounded these early missionaries. There was hardly a
foot of sanitary ground to stand on
Still the light centers are too far apart. Many where they were crowded together in their as yet have seen but a flash of the gospel's own little abode-a temple, which after much light: blinded by its strangeness they cannot opposition they had secured from an opium
at once take it in, and the light-bearer, having smoking priest. The cholera raged, their little only the weak strength of one lone man or ones were swept away, their wives succumbed, woman, must press on to other towns whereand strong men laid down their lives to the
unto they were sent. We are grateful for
the thirty or forty stations and the scores of dire scourge. There were no physicians and
out-stations where the light is streaming forth, no hospitals. Today what a change! Though
but we think of the Bible Schools which hospitals are still far from sufficient, and
should be established, the centers which should every physician longs for the strength of ten,
be "occupied" with at least a chapel, the hunyet the darkness of ignorance and pain is
dreds of villages still sitting in darkness, the gradually being dispelled by the twenty hos
Theological Department of Shantung Unipitals in this province, as many small dis
versity needing the "oil" of men and moneypensaries, and the growing work of the Shan
and yet our commission is, “Let there be tung University Medical School, which is just
Light.” beginning to send forth trained physicians.
We used to say that the missionary came But the hospitals should be doubled in num
to China to save souls. Now we say he comes ber, the dispensaries quadrupled, and the
to save MEN. The latter phrase is richer and Medical School be given the outfit and force
deeper and more true to Christ. For conveniit needs to send forth the needed physicians
ence we speak of body, mind and soul, but we who shall bring healing to this helpless people.
are less and less inclined to separate them for “Let there be Light.”
are they not all His, 'created by Him and But if the physical darkness is apparent, it fashioned for wonderful uses? They are so is the spiritual darkness which oppresses one wonderfully inter-related in mutual ways and most, oppresses even the heart of the medical dependence, that we could not divide them if we missionary, whose deeper aim is always, like would and would not if we could. So, where the great Physician's, to cure souls.
The the Church has gone, there we find the schoolChinese can never say that no one has cared house and the hospital. An intelligent soul in for them. They may not know how much a healthy body, meet for His worship-such care and toil and life has been spent upon worshippers God, through us, is seeking. In them, but we, who have traced the long and Shantung the early Christians were unlettered wonderful story, know how great the sacri- men and women, but their children are not. fice has been. During the last fifty years man In many a country hamlet or busy town there after man, woman after woman have left is a little school, often all too dingy and small their homelands and come here, for China's for adequate use, yet a center of light. Here sake and Christ's, to scatter the darkness. By are gathered the children of Christians; here the way-side well and threshing-floor, along also the non-Christian often sends his children, the highway, in city street and chapel, these willing to risk their possible Christianization ambassadors of the cross have proclaimed the for the mental and moral good he is sure will enlightening message with smiling faces and be acquired. From these schools they pass on hearts lit with the joy their Master gave to the high schools of the main station, where them, ever mindful that they were "the lights the Christian forces are stronger and more of the world.” Many came to them; but they varied, where the light shines with greater inloved darkness rather than light, and went tensity. From these some return to the counaway sorrowful; but many desiring not evil try districts as teachers or evangelists : while deeds but good, went not away. One by one those worthy of further training pass on to they "came to the light," some in turn became the university, where, instructed in the books light-bearers, the darkness grew less, churches of both nature and revelation, they come were formed, preachers were ordained, and forth with such a knowledge of God's world the young church, still small and weak, is and understanding of His purpose as enables becoming more and more a power in the land. them to become leaders in this great work But what are 10,000 Christians and their ad- of spreading the light. But the output is all herents among the 30,000,000 of Shantung! too small, because the darkness is very great.
From the lowest school to the highest the "oil" as measured on men and money, is very low; often this oil gives out entirely. And yet-the commission of the Church at home to us is, “Let there be Light."
Once a traveler came to our university and he was good enough to call it "The Lighthouse of Shantung,” suggested by the approaches to it being by way of the sea. It reminded us of an incident in the life of one of our physicians. There is a lighthouse off the promontory of Shantung. An attendant fell ill and word was sent by boat to the physician. Through wind and storm he pressed to give him relief. His ministrations finished, the keeper showed him the great light. Listening to wondrous tales of ship-wreck and life-saving, the physician realized as never before how great are the responsibilities of the light-keeper in the midst of his loneliness. "Do you never fear,” he asked, "that you will sometime let the light go out?" "I'd rather die,” came the instant response. Such must be the spirit of those who in any way are related to the spread of the gospel light throughout the world.
Since coming to China I have often been impressed with two things; one is the amount of work already accomplished. It sometimes seems almost incredible that, considering the forces of opposition and of the powers of darkness, the light should have spread so far that one, no doubt, could travel on foot across this province and be able to spend each night at a Christian home. In places large groups of Christians gathered into churches would greet the traveler on his way. But one can travel far in a day, and he would pass through whole regions where the name of Jesus, if ever heard or mentioned at all, would bis known only as a word to indicate the hated foreign religion. Thousands upon thousands do not have the slightest idea who Christ is, and still many millions more are ignorant of Christ as a World-Redeemer, the Saviour of mankind. And so, though one is impressed by the amount of light already shining, he is also impressed, and save for the record of the past and faith's vision of the future, would be depressed, because of the dense and unscattered darkness. “Let there be Light.”
A Chance in China
REV. J. STEWART KUNKLE,
CAME to China for the chance for work it offered. I have been in China now five
years. I am going to tell you what I have found the chance to do.
1. I have found a chance to preach. There is something like two million people in my field to preach to. The gospel to them is still the "good news.” As a foreigner I am enough of a curiosity to draw a crowd anywhere and secure a patient hearing. Given these, it would be a poor preacher indeed who could not deliver an effective message, even in a strange tongue. We are not limited to any day of the week or hour of the day. It is ours to be the light in a great darkness.
2. I have found a chance for pastoral work. I was touched the other day by the wish expressed by one of the elders that I should be regularly called, installed, and, as far as possible, supported, as the pastor of the Lien Chow Church. It would be hard to
tell you how much these Christians need the full time of a true shepherd; they are just out of heathenism and surrounded by it stillthey are but babes in Christ-and trials, hardships, temptations are heavy upon them. The standard of Christian living is still largely to
The pastor to them is the standard, as he is the interpretation of Christ.
There is pastoral work waiting to be done in the three churches under our care. The future depends on how well it is done.
3. I have found a chance for educational work. We propose to put a schoolhouse beside every chapel. I have started two new schools this year and will aim each year to add two more. Circumstances have placed me this year in charge of the two boarding schools at Lien Chow. Those who regularly have this work and are able to give their whole time to it, have a unique opportunity in China today. But I am speaking now of