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IN SATAN'S STRONGHOLD.
By Rev. L. L. Little. In the heart of the city of Kiang yin stands one of the strongly en trenched fortifications of the evil one. It is known as the "City Temple." This is only one of a multitude of similar defenses that have been built up all over China to oppose the pro gress of the kingdom of God. Until within comparatively recent years these temples have been strong holds of superstition and idolatry. Here Taolst priests have preyed upon the hopes and fears of the ignorant populace, to their own enrichment. Here numerous idols, large and small, have been erected as objects of wor ship, and the terrors of the lower regions are depicted by images of men and women being subjected to various kinds of torture. These temples are centers of idolatry, not only for the people of the city in which they are erected, but also for the whole dis trict (county) in which they are lo cated. Immediately after the revolution of 1911 idolatry seemed to lose its hold upon the people to some extent; but, with the slow progress of the repub lic and the temporary reaction toward monarchy, there was a marked revival of the patronage of priests and idols throughout the land. Now, however, better days seem to be dawning for these multitudinous millions; the present government is winning the confidence of the people; the light of the Truth is beginning to penetrate the enveloping darkness; and the shackles of ignorance and superstition are slowly falling away. In considering the question of se curing a hall sufficiently large for the New Year meetings at Kiangyin, it was decided that no place would so well suit the demands of the situ ation as the large auditorium within the enclosure of the City Temple. Here various public gatherings are held by the educational and commer cial elements of the population. This building is now under the control of the local Board of Education. In re sponse to a letter of Inquiry as to whether the hall would be available for evangelistic services, we received a most courteous reply, stating their perfect willingness for it to be so occupied. Accordingly, arrangements were made well in advance; speakers were assigned from our own number, and others from a distance were en gaged; the hymns for each day were printed in sheet form, so that they could be distributed throughout the audience; large numbers of tracts were ordered, to be used by bands of personal workers in extending an invitation to the meetings; the seats from our two city churches were re moved to the auditorium; and an or gan and a phonograph (with sacred records) provided. The evangelistic services lasted for six days. The attendance was most gratifying from the beginning ? the hall being filled to overflowing ? and the interest was maintained to the end. There were representatives of all the different grades of society, with a goodly number present from the scholar class. Mr. Chen Ching yung, professor in Nanking Theologi cal Seminary, was one of the most acceptable speakers, having a message specially suited to the more enlight ened element of the congregation. As a result, fifty-seven names of inquir ers were handed in. Of this number, forty-two were men and fifteen were women. These inquirers will be fol lowed up by personal work and an earnest effort to enroll them for Bible study. -Will not all who read these lines unite with us in the prayer that rich spiritual results may follow? Over the main entrance to the City Temple was a large sign on which was written, "Great Evangelistic Meet ing." It was good to see the crowds pouring in ? on by the "Chambers of Horrors," on by the hosts of false gods, on to the great hall within, to hear the glad tidings of an Almighty Creator, a loving Father, a merciful Saviour, and an ever-present Com forter. It may be of interest to those who are not familiar with the early his tory of our station for me to state that, in the first year of the work at Kiangyin, a riot occurred, in which the missionaries were driven out by an angry mob, making a narrow escape from death. By way of contrast to this, when our new hospital building cought on fire a few years later, seven Chinese fire companies rushed to the rescue and assisted us in extinguish ing the flames. As a further illustra tion of the ever-increasing friendliness of the people, the gentry of the city recently made a gift of $1,000 to the hospital for the erection of a new ward. This report is made in humble grati tude to God, not only as an indica tion of a changed attitude on the part of the people of our city, but also with the hope that it may con tain something of suggestion that will be helpful in other sections of this great battlefield. After the evangelistic meetings were over, a most interesting and illu minating lecture on "Forestry" was given in this same hall by Mr. D. Y. Lin, representing the Student Lecture Department of the Y. M. C. A. in Shanghai. Mr. Lin belongs to the fifth generation of Christians, his father, grandfather and great-grand father having been pastors, and his great-great-grandmother having been a Bible woman. He has a very pleas ing personality and made a fine im pression upon the men of the city. The gentry were out in good numbers for his lecture, and the occasion was honored ' by the presence of the city magistrate and the chief military offi cial of Kiangyin. ? The Bi-monthly Bulletin. MOODY 11IBLK INSTITUTE. A special summer course in Evan gelistic Singing and Playing Is an nounced by the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago for the six weeks extend ing from June 27 to August 8. The Institute has a strong musi cal department, under the supervision of Dr. D. B. Towner, the well known hymff writer. All who realize the Im portance of the gospel in song as well as in sermon will find the course of special value. It Is Intended for pas tors, evangelists, theological students, missionaries on furlough, Sunday school and day-school teachers, and other Christian workers who wish to spend part of their vacation this sum mer In better preparation for Chris tian work. Students in this course may attend any of the other classes of the Institute without additional cost. A bulletin outlining the course and giving full information has been prepared and will be sent upon appli cation to the Institute, 153 Institute Place, Chicago. The Moody Bible Institute has been called "The West Point of Christian Service," and Its doors are always open for Instructing men and women in the English Bible, gospel music, personal evangelism, and practical methods of Christian work in prepa ration for efficient service on both homeland foreign fields. There are at present over 700 resident students in its day classes and over 300 in its evening classes, besides 3,000 or more pursuing correspondence courses. liETTER FROM REV. YOSIP REN'. YAMIX. Rostov-on-Don, Russia, P. O. Box 473, February 3, 1917. My dear Mr. Bridgman: One month ago I sent you a let ter in which I acknowledged your let ?n?f (?<jtober 14 wlth the check of 300 roubles. In my letter of Decem ber 30 I sent you the old check of Mr. At wood which you had sent to me I hope you received it by this time. I am very glad to say that we all are in good health. We thank God for His many graces to us. My wife is better now. The children are behav ing themselves better. They are ask ing so many religious questions and pray, and see religious dreams and they teach to the other children in yard what they learn. We have seven families in this yard, and their children are enough for a small Sun day-school. The spiritual work is as before. The last place is growing in its Eeal and interest, and here also are mani festing little new interest, but not much; only a new but nevertheless a sure hope. Last week six gamblers promised me not to gamble any more. had visited them several times and spoke to them about this evil They asked me to teach them reading as a substitute instead of gambling. I promised to teach them on condition gamble no more. We have no arrangement yet for this. I am v lsiting Rostov only once a month at present. We have no proper place for our meeting, and so the interest is not much. I believe if j was in Per sia or in America I could do hundred times more good than in this place At^ present going to Persia is impossi In my last letter I wrote you fully about our condition and need, and the high prices of everything. I hope you will see clearly how we are la awful need. Since last I wrote you J, ? ^rICe of some things have gone up fifty per cent. One great and un expected change was that we can't buy white flour and we shall have only black bread. I 8ent a piece to you fare of Mrs. Blackburn, of Colum bia. If you see it you will know it. believe it is made from barley and some black seed; it is sour and black. I he children were so displeased that or the first two evenings Phillip and red and Rachel prayed loudly while kneeling on the ground and their faces Put on the groundf <<0 God g.ve ug wh te flour, give us white bread"' God answered their prayer, and on the following day I bought twenty pounds vheat flour and on the next fifty, from the market, brought from the village after watching for it for three days. or two weeks we have not been able to buy meat. This week they made the meat also by permit; that is, the com mission of the city has given a permit to every one, with which he can buy only half a pound meat for each per son daily during the three days on Mhich we have meat. Today I stayed in line for the turn of buying from morning until noontime, but still I could not buy any; the meat finished before my turn came. It is a big job to buy the necessary things for the daily living. We are buying nothing but food. Still, for long time ago what you are sending us is not enough for our daily food, and at present it s much below; and so we are suffer ing very much. We all are in awful need of clothing and shoes, which are extremely high. We need a strong appeal to our friends, or to anyone, to send us a generous help; our need is great and urgent and will rapidly Krow each day. if possible, send the help by telegram, although I can bor row as much as I want until you send by check. I already borrowed money from three places (by the way, have you preached on the last book of Apostle John, chapter xviii, 4?). I know it is difficult for our friends in America, but it is a matter of death and life, and we don't wish tc die; and these things will not be for a short time, and for these reasons we wished to move to America; we would not mind the danger of the ocean nor the disappointment over there. It is possible that such a time come that even if we will have much money still not to be able to live. If the religious .work here was fruitful and promising it would have been right even if we would die all; but it is not, and the .circumstances too are so; so I wished I was in America for the present sake and for the future too. My wife and children join -.ne in sending love and best wishes to all of you and all our friends. With much thanks, I am, Very sincerely yours, Yosip Benyamin. Feb. 5th. Today I received your letter of December 14 with two "checks. I will write you soon. It reached us in very good time, I am much obliged to you. This will help a little, but our need is great and will increase. Y. B. TRAGIC SITUATION OP FRENCH AND BELGIAN HOME MIS SON CHURCHES. A year ago, when I visited some of the Christian leaders and churches in England, Germany and France, I was greatly moved by the suffering of the French Protestant churches. On my return to America I made an ap peal to our American churches in be half of the churches of the Union Na tionale. The response brought the total of the gifts from our churches to these French Protestant churches, which are self-supporting under nor mal circumstances, up to $80,000. Now an equally urgent appeal is made in behalf of the Protestant mis sion churches of Belgium and France. A cable has just come. It says: "We need 500,000 francs before April 15. Will you undertake it?" Can I do otherwise than say, "Yes"? This cable recalls the feelings of those days which I spent with these brethren last year, in conference and prayer, when I spent hours of spiritual experience such as I had never known. Never had a call seemed so imperative nor a situation so momentous nor an opportunity so impelling. The Franco-Belgian Committee, which is making an appeal to our American Protestant churches for the relief of these impoverished and greatly suffering brethren and churches, is represented in this coun try by Dr. Henri Anet, of Brussels. He has done noble work, but has so far secured only about $15,000. It requires little imagination to pic ture the distressed condition of these little congregations In northern France and Belgium. There are 439 of these home mission churches and stations. Their normal yearly expenditures are $162,000. Many of their buildings are gone. They worship where they can ? in residences, cellars and halls. Half their pastors are in war service. These home mission churches and Sunday-schools must have help, or many of them will perish. I know that if I could only tell our own churches and Sunday-schools, face to face, of the courage and sacrifice of these suffering men, women and chil dren, and of their tenacious faith, I am sure Dr. Anet would not go away depressed by the failure of our Chris tian fellowship. I plead with pastors and churches to make this tragic situation and the pitiful distress of these Huguenot ?? Christians the subject of conference and intercession.