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and power both now and forever " Spreading ,iie ?,Kk1 News (Acts 8: 4-17). God takes strange ways sometimes for accomplishing His pur Pose. our Saviour had told the dis ciples that they were to begin their w?r? lng JerU8alein. and that they *ere to extend their efforts out throughout the surrounding countries nd to the uttermost parts of the *orld. it seems, however, that they did not leave Jerusalem at once, but tarried there for some time. Then God sent a persecution upon the Church which drove them away from he city. Philip went to Samaria to Preach, He seems to have been the rst one to have preached the gospel formally to any but the Jews. He met with such great success there in awakening the interest and bringing men to accept the Saviour that Peter and John went there also, possibly to see what was going on, or it may have been for the purpose of helping him in his great work. At any rate, they recognized the fact that the gospel was effectual in saving these people who were not Jews, and so they laid their hands upon them and prayed with the result that the Holy Spirit was poured ? out upon these Samaritans just as it ad been upon the Jews. The Jews generally felt that the Samaritans were out of the pale of salvation And sometimes we feel that way in re gard to certain persons who may be very far away from God, but let us remember that none are too far away from God to be saved by His grace. The first apostles whom the Saviour called, went at once to those who were near and dear to them, and told them that they had found the Saviour, so we ought to begin with the members of our family who are not Christians and our friends who are still out of Christ, but we should not stop with our ,,.,^3, nor until we have gone Just as far as we can to carry out the ?command of our Saviour to preach the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth. Why Should We Seek to Win Others to Christ? We should seek to win others to Christ for their own sake, for they need salvation. We should do it for our sakes. for we need to perform the duty which God has given us in order that we may do His will and receive the reward which He has promised. We ought to do it for Christ s sake, for Christ died and saved them, and unless they are saved by his death, so far as they are con cerned. His death will be in vain. What Is the Go<Hl News We Should Spread ? The good news that we should spread is that we have found the Saviour, who is ready and willing and able to save all those who come to him. How fan We Organize as Soul Win ners? We must be careful not to de pend too much upon organization in our work. Each one has hi* own in dividual work to do. We can be helped in doing this by being in an organization if we use it in the proper way. There are many ways in which we can organize for the work cf soul winning. The simplest form of or ganization is for two Christians to get together and pray for the salvation of a particular soul. The number who may unite in this prayer effort may be increased indefinitely. Soul win ning may be done by a society when its members unite heartily |n an ef fort, trusting in God for the help and guidance that is needed. To do this effectually, it will be necessary to find out what souls can be reached that are not already Christians. Each case should be carefully studied to see how that individual can best be reached. There should be proper prep aration on the part of those who en *a*e In 8Uch w?rk. They should be earnest in prayer for God's guidance. They should study God's word and practice in their own lives the religion which they would carry to others. It would be well to form a training class under some efficient leader and devote special time and study for this prepa ration and work. THK EVER- BROADENING EDUCA TIONAL TASK. "Let well enough alone," is a bad philosophy in the educational work of the different young people's societies of our Church. The reason for this is that there is no generally accepted standard as to what "well enough" is. Some societies, because of their clear vision of the leaders, very early had some appreciation of the educational task; others have gradually acquired something of it; while many others very diligently have kept it from being thrust upon them. And wherefore this insufficiency, liaphazardness, or indifference? I can see several fac tors bearing upon the situation, and we must keep in mind the Juniors, the Intermediates, and the young people in the discussion. I. Many society leaders have failed to see the necessity for any definite, purposeful, educational program. Leaders have rightly emphasized training as the center of young peo ple's society work, but to be effective it must be training built upon an ed ucational foundation. II. To plan and carry out an edu cational program demands an unusual amount of foresight, time, and ener gy, and many societies content them selves with the immediate and com paratively easy tasks. III. Specific programs of education have not been promoted sufficiently to popularize them. IV. Many society attempts at edu cational work up to date have proved rather dry, uninteresting experiments with uncertain results. V. Difficulty of all difficulties, there is a lack of trained leadership. Nevertheless, the task can be done. Let us take courage, set up a tenta tive program, determine a specific task for our society, launch it, and see what becomes of our difficulties. I. At least ten minutes of each young people's society's devotional meeting should be given to some defi nite study for the whole society. II. There should be special classes for more intensive work with small groups. III. There is need of sufficient va riety to make our educational pro gram comprehensive. IV. Let there be a determined ef fort to make the work interesting to all society members. V. We must have trained leaders conducting the courses. We must first persuade our socie ties that a comprehensive educational program is vital to the continuance, growth, and efficiency of our Organiza tions. To do this, we must have at least one, or, better, a group of our society members thoroughly in earnest about the educational task ? willing to give time and energy and to make real sacrifices to get the plan tested. The pastor or adult workers in the church, by an institute or conference, may bring this group Into being. Our promoters must determine spe cificaHy what shall be attempted. Keeping our members and their needs in mind, all educational accomplish ments being up to date, what shall be our plan for the devotional meetings for at least six months ahead? It is possible to make a very simple but profitable beginning by learning Bible verses. While this may seem to be long particularly to the Junior So ciety, It will be a challenge to t?he In termediate and young people's socie ties as well. Ten minutes are to be given to the learning of one now verse and the reviewing of familiar verses each Sunday. A keen quiz master is needed to enlist all individually and in groups in the recitation. Other subjects that might be taken up are: "Men of the Old Testament," "Men of the New Testament," "The Life of Christ," "The Life of Paul," "Old Testament "Covenants," "Church History," "Church Standards," "Our Church Boards," "World Religions," "Missions," "Expert Endeavors. ' "Per sonal Work," "Temperance." Usu ally three to six months is long enough to pursue one course. When a change is made we must be carefu^ that a study of quite a different type is taken up. It is true that, in many of these courses, there are no printed outlines, but there is suggestive material that will be helpful on most of the sub jects. We must also make our plans for the special study classes for those who desire to do more intensive work. This should be largely textbook work. The courses should be completed with in the space of eight to ten lessons. Periods should be from forty-five min utes to one hour and a quarter in length. A good leader is essential. Each person should have the privilege of taking at least two courses a year. Fall courses should open early enough to close about the first of December. Winter courses should open about February. Courses should be so ar ranged that by following them for a few years a comprehensive program would be carried out. Interest, interest ? what a thermom eter! And wisdom sugests that you watch that thermometer constantly and carefully. The educational pro gram must grip the interest of the so ciety and must broaden the society members if it is to be a success. How ever, very vital results are hard to put your fingers upon often, so be not overanxious for conspicuous results. Remember that this work is founda tion-building. Nor should you be dis heartened if all cannot be interested. Be ambitious to interest just as many as possible. Good leadership is essential to in terest and results. And where shall we get good leadership? In the ma jority of cases we must plan ahead. Some societies will be fortunate enough to have expert leadership right at hand. So much emphasis is being put on educational work that in most communities there are normal study classes, schools of methods, or winter conferences. If there is none of these, the summer months offer splendid possibilities, with the sum mer conferences, which are schools for leadership training. Through such chanels, leaders can be made. It may be that your program will have to be started in a limited way with some recognized handicap, but by all means make a start. With earnest prayer, with unfalter ing determination, get the society in which you are interested to take up this educational task. ? The Christian Educator. CARRIE REEVES, OF BEECHWOOI) C. Groshon Gunn. As the Southern Presbyterian Chris tian Endeavor Societies are to make special gifts during February to Beechwood Seminary, at Heidelberg, Ky., it would be appropriate to tell them a little of the part the "young" South has already had in this object of Christian Endeavor. About five years ago there came to Beechwood a young woman from North Carolina. Her heart was set upon China. But she was not yet old enough to go out to the foreign field. With a whole-hearted enthusiasm 3he took up her work at Heidelberg, her spirit of service know no bounds ? she would do what she could while she waited. It was not long until she had won all hearts in this mountain lield ? school and town loved her. She never took her eyes off of her beloved China. At the State Conven tion of Student Volunteers, in Lexing ton, in 1912, it was this same "Miss Reeves" who led the whole conference through her gracious personal influ ence. Whenever she spoke the others listened with singular interest to "that something" which they all recognized she had ? it was her sweet spirit of consecration ? all unconscious ? and her wondei'ful vision. The following fall she returned to her Beech wood. Later in the year an epidemic of typhoid fever broke out. It was Miss Carrie who went into homes where they needed her. And she gave in this service her own life. In several weeks she was stricken with this same fever and died later in Lex ington. But her life had told. Many, many of her classmates, her friends, her own family caught her vision. It will always be felt in China where friends have already gone. It is still felt at Heidelberg. The "Carrie Reeves Dormitory" is one of her mon uments there today ? the lives she touched are the others. What will Souther Christian Endeavorer* add? THE GROWING V. W. C. A. Y. W. C. A.! The Y. W. C. A. had no truer friend than Miss Grace H. Dodge. She gave to it not only money but devoted her talent, lime and per sonality to its upbuilding. At her death she left a legacy of $500,000 to the work she loved. Since then an effort has been made to add a million dollars to the legacy, thus making a memorial fund worthy of Miss Dodge's devotion to the association. By the promise of $500,000 on condition that the other $500,000 be pledged by Jan uary 1, 1918. Mr. John D. Rocke feller has now made certain the suc cess of the fund, as only about $150, 000 more needs to be subscribed. Mr. Rockefeller's contribution is munifi cent, but there is also a deal of appre ciation of Miss Dodge and the work of the Y. W. C. A., in the gifts to the fund of 30,000 others, half of whom withheld their names. Mr. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., on New Year's day, made a gift to the New York West Side branch of the Y. W. C. A. of their building. This $400,000 property had been purchased from Mr. Rockefeller in 1914 for $200,000. A cash pay ment of $20,000 was made, the bal ance being secured by mortgage bonds. Convinced of the increasing value of the work of the Y. W. C. A. to the neighborhood, Mr. Rockefeller has cancelold the obligation of the asso ciation to him and returned the en tire amount he had received on ac count of principal and interest. ? Les lie's. SUMMER CONFERENCES Held Under the Auspices of the Nat ional Board of the Young Wom en's Christian Associations, 1017. Colored Student, Spilman Semi nary, 'Atlanta, Ga., May 25-June-4. Southern Student, Blue Ridge, N. C., June 1-11. East Central School Girls, Camp Nepahwin, Canton, Pa., June 13-21. Western Student, Presbyterian As sembly Grounds, Holllster, Mo., June 15-25. Eastern School Girls, Makonlkey Camp, Vineyard Haven, Mass., June 18-25. Central Student, first section (place not yet decided), June 18-28.