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? i SUGGESTIONS. By Miss C. L. Campbell. "She . . . served . God with fast ings and prayers night and day." ? Luke 2:37.. "Prayer Is like opening a sluice be tween the great ocean and our little channels, when the sea gathers Itself together and flows in at full tide." ? Tennyson. In our Foreign Mission work we are dealing with things Chinese in February as well as in January, and the following thought for your invi tations to the meetings is borrowed * from that consecrated and versatile worker for the Lord, Mrs. E. C. Cronk. Sketch the back view of three "lit tle heathen Chinese," pig-tail and blue blouse, especially,- on a small card. Now, it is perfectly evident that they are looking forward ? away from the onlooker; and this will very much emphasize your message written be neath their Chinese feet: "We Are looking forward to seeing you at our missionary meeting on February 1." The same trio portrayed on a large card will serve excellently as a poster. Put this up at least a week before hand and your meeting is at least well advertised. Nobody will forget the tale told by the three little "pig-tails." As one feature of your program, write at the top of a large blackboard these words, "China's Needs." Have one member read: "He that believcth on the Son hath everlasting life: 'and he that belleveth not the Son shall not see life." (John 3:36.) Then write the word "Christ" on the board In large letters, separating the "C" somewhat from the rest of the word. Have another member read: "Give ye them to eat" (Matt. 14:16), with emphasis on "ye." Then write just under the word "Christ" the words "Human help." Again let somebody read: "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest" (Matt. 9:39), and write the word "Intercession." The next reading: "I will put a new spirit within you" (Ezek. 11:19.) Write the words "New Spirit." The -last reading: "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ" (2 Cor. 5:20). Write as the fifth word In your column "Ambassadors," and your audience will immediately see that the acrostic of China's needs spells China; and this little trick will fasten the needs In their memories and in their prayers. The article from Mrs. Hugh W. White given below will be of great help in your China meeting. And if you send 10 cents to the Nashville office, asking for February helps, you will get some treasures. HOW CHINESE CHRISTIANS' PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED. Some years ago, in a meeting of about forty or fifty Christian Chinese women, I asked them to tell me how they first came to have real faith in Jesus. One said: "My child was ill, and I prayed to Jesus to make him well, and he got well, so I believed in Jesus." Another said: "My son had been away from home for years, and I didn't know where he was, but I prayed to Jesus, and he came back home." Another said: "I was sick, and was made better by prayer." Another said: "I had troubles in my family, but I prayed to Jesus, and now weOiave peace." And so on, one after another testifying that their faith had been born of or strengthened by an Answered prayer tot a real, practical, visible, tangible blessing. Are you disappointed that they did not say that they prayed for relief from the burden of sin and were answered? Well, I would have been glad to hear that, too, but it was interest ing and instructive to learn that the Spirit does not always work just in the way we anticipate, but has .'lis own methods. Five or six years later we had meet ings in which several of these same women took part. I wish you could ha\e heard the prayers? the earnest ardent, heart-broken, heart-breaking prayers, first for themselves, for for giveness of their inmost heart sins, for humility, for purity, for growth n grace, for the power of the Holy Spirit; and, secondly, for others? their own families and friends, and then others, perfect strangers perhaps, whom they knew only as those for whom the Lord had died, and for whose salvation they yearned. Is not this the very Spirit of Christ? And were these prayers answered' One young woman, the bright tears starting to her eyes, said to me- "I have been a believer for years, but this winter I have proved the power of real prayer and real Bible study " cnnfi 7' aft6r WeekS ?f Prayer and conflict, was brought out into "a wealthy place" of joy and love and happy service. Then, just at that juncture, she was stricken with pa ralysis. Our foreign doctor was away and when he returned he gave very e hope of her improvement. But prayer was made for her without ceas ing by scores of Christians in that Place and other places. She im proved and soon had her mind and her voice clear again. But to find her self chained to the bed in helpless ness Her naturally quick, impia ient disposition asserted itself and she found her affliction hard to bear. But before long she was led to perfect submission. "if God doesn't want me to run around and work for Him thm MSt "! 8tl11'" 8,16 Baid- From that time she was peaceful and happy ThRnwm0reCVer' b6gan t0 ImProve.'. Thanks were given publicly at prayer meeting a month or two later for her recovery. ?It is 'not the thing- in China, said the speaker, "for this disease to be healed. Out of ten who have it, nine die!" The Chinese are an extremely prac tical peopel. They want to know what is the good of this doctrine and of prayer. And when they do find out. they put it Into practice. They believe that prayer is really a means of get ting what they want, and so they pray, and pray in faith, and often pray for things and about things that we wouldn't think of praying about >ut they get the answers! And we learn from them to enlarge our own prayers. Ting Li-mel, the Moody of China, has a prayer list of about 2,000 names for whom he prays constantly. I be WaS J' CamPbe11 White who told him he would like to have his name on the list. ?Oh, it is here" he said and showed him in his little book ? No. 1666. m ?r ??, the ab,eat Poachers in the North Kiangsu mission has recently had his salary raised to, I believe, six fo?r hfd?1Iar9 a m?nth- The rea8ons for his receiving such a liberal sum is hat he has a wife and three children to support, and also that we believe la our educated preachers should he able to live in rather better style Xo practice hospitality, to subscribe to a religious paper, etc. So lib has re ceived this raise. But about two years ago hig wife noticed her little girl, about three, kneeling down in a corner praying very earnestly. She listened and heard the child praying to the Heavenly Father for a new dress ? a flowered dress! (coarse blue gingham printed with white flowers). Hearing of this incident, I thought I might be justified in assisting in the answering of her prayer; so I en trusted as much as twenty-five cents ? perhaps thirty ? to a friend and told her to buy the "flowered dress" and give it to her mother to make for her. Tho little daughter of this friend, see ing her companion bloom out In the dress, said: "I want a flowered dress, too!" "Ah, no!" said her mother. "You are not praying in faith. You are just purposely asking for it." Do they understand anything of the principles and practice of prayer, or do they not? A heathen friend kept coming to a missionary to ask his aid in settling an "affair" about some property, in which he was afraid of losing several hundred dollars. The missionary could not use his influence in the case and had to decline. As he came day after day, a visiting missionary said: "Next time that man comes let me talk to him. I believe I can help him." She spent much time in prayer, in preparation for the inter view, and then read with him 1 Cor. 6, prayed, and made him pray over the matter. In a short time he came back delighted, saying that the mat ter had been compromised by the pay ment of ten dollars. As the Chinese say, is there not a God in Heaven? Mrs. Hugh W. White. TO THE WOMEN OP THE VIRGINIA SYNODICAL. A True Story. Once upon a time, not very long ago, a little girl caught the spirit of giving, but she had nothing to give. (Is that you?) But she had one hen. (Is that you?) This hen, her eggs, and her heirs, the little girl dedi cated to the Lord, and she gave on Foreign Mission Day $2.50 to the Lord '8 treasury. (Is that going to be you?) If every woman, every one of us, in Virginia, would find out what sho could do, then do what she couid, our Synodical gifts to all causes would be doubled before we ever begun to feel it. Carrie Lee Campbell, Syn. Sec. of Foreign Missions. VIRGINIA SYNODICAL. The mid-winter Executive Commit tee meeting of the Virginia Synodical will be held in Charlottesville on January 25th. Any individual or in stitution having matters of business or general interest to present to this body will please submit details thereof in writing to the Synodical president by the 20th. Any suggestions rela tive to the more effective conduct of Woman's Work through Synodical and Presbyterial channels will be gladly received and considered. Caroline R. Walton, President. Others are effected by what I am and say and do. And these others have also their sphere of influence. - So that a single act of man may spread in wid ening circles through a nation, or hu manity. Nothing is lost; the leaves of spring That fall in the autumn dead and sere. Help in the woodland ways to bring The violets of the following year. The granary must be filled before the poor are fed; knowledge must be gained before knowledge is given.? Plato. THE PRAYER MEETING WHAT 18 THE BIBLE TO \TS? By Rev. Russell Cecil, D. D. Week Beginning January 21, 1917. Read Psalm 119:9-16; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:14-17. It is not a light task to answer truly the question at the head of this arti cle. It was Chillingworth who was credited with saying, "The Bible, and the Bible alone, is the religion of the Protestants."" This is a summary way of stating the value which the Pro testant Church places upon the Word of God. It is safe to say there would have been no Protestant Reforma tion had not the early reformers dis covered the Holy Scriptures, which had almost been lost sight of during the dark ages of the Church, and had they not revived the general study of them. It was when the people began to study the Scriptures for themselves that they discovered what the gospel really means. To answer the ques tion, therefore, "What is the Bible to us?" is virtually the same as answer ing the question, what is the Chris tian religion to us? (1) The Bible to us is the Word of God. It is not the word of man; it is not the history of religion among the Jews; it is not the natural develop ment of the religious idea among men continued through hundreds of years; it is not the compilation of the best literature of the Hebrew race. It is all of these, it is true, but infinitely more ? it is the Word of the Living God to the human race: "Holy men of' old spake as they were moved by the Holy Gbost." The Jewish people were the chosen people of God, to whom and- through whom He revealed His holy will. The body, of revelation was gradually made known through several centuries; and, as a plain mat ter of fact, all the books of the Holy Scripture^ are the products of lit erary men of the Hebrew race. But when all this has been said, and the most made of it that can be made, the principal thing about the Holy Scrip tures remains to be said, and that is, that we have in them the record of the revelation of God's will to men. It is this singular fact which distin guishes the books of the Bible from all others books, and makes it of un speakable value to all believers in God and in Jesus Christ. (2) The Bible, as the Word of God, reveals to us the way of life and sal vation; and this way Is not to be found elsewhere. Men do not discover for themselves the way of life, they are not able to work out their own salvation; but they must come to the Word of God and learn from It how they are to be saved. Paul tells Timo thy that the Holy Scriptures, which he had kriown from a child, were able to make him "wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." This is the wisdom of God, and not the wisdom of men. Nothing Is more pathetic than the efforts of those who have discarded the Scrip tures, and are endeavoring to dlscoyer the way of life for themselves. The wisdom of men at Its best Is foolish ness to God; and had not God chosen to reveal Himself and the way of life through Jesus Christ, as we Had It in the Holy Scriptures, we would have forever perished In our sins. W? may discover .God In nature, hut not the Saviour: He Is revealed to us only in the Scriptures. "Thy glory o'er creation shines; But In Thy sacred Word I read, in fairer, brighter lines, My b leading, dying Lord."