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Keep the Home Fires Burning
Our nation has been drawn into the Worlds Greatest War for humanity's sake. Neither life, nor treasure, nor effort is being with held in the high and noble purpose of lifting from the peoples of Europe the burdens, which for centuries have oppressed them and made life intolerable. "Over there" thousands of our best and bravest young men are living and dying for the invisible verities by which the souls of men and nations live. It is the duty of every Christian and every patriot who remains behind ? and the true Chris tian is ever the greatest patriot: To assist those at the front by their prayers, by their sympathy, and by every personal sacrifice that may be required; To maintain and strengthen the work of the church so that when our soldiers return they may find the moral standards of their own country and its religious life unimpaired and stronger than ever. While we cannot over-estimate our duty to our country in its great crisis, we must not be neglectful of our greater duty to the church. Upon the success of its work, the hope of the nation and of the world depends. Without question, Home Missions is the greatest implement for bringing the vitalizing truths of the Christian faith to the waste places of our land, and for making dominant in the nation's life the principles taught by Jesus Christ. The Assembly's committee is maintaining a force of 428 missionaries, serving 650 missions and schools, among the immigrants, the negroes, the Indians, in the mountains, and in the newer sections of the South and Southwest. The church cannot, except at the peril of defeat, afford to neglect the faithful men and women on the far-flung battle line of the church. They arc there by our appointment and are dependent upon us. If they fail, the church will fail. If the church fails, the world will fail. The salary of the Home Mission worker is distressingly small and inadequate. The New port News Assembly, even before the increased cost of living made life so hard and difficult to sustain, authorized and urged that all salaries be increased at least 25 per cent. But this small increase has not been possible, because the church has not supplied the funds. After the most careful and painstaking investigation of the immediate needs of the com mittee, the General Assembly named $324,000 as the minimum amount necessary for the work this year. Last year two-thirds of this amount was received. Therefore, if all will increase their gifts one-third, the sum required will be provided. Is this too much to expect from 360,000 Presby terians at a time like this, for a work so far-reaching and so important? November is the month to give expression to your interest. Executive Committee of Home Missions PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, U. S. A. N. Sharp, Treasurer 1522 Hurt Building, ..... Atlanta, Ga.