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Our Guest House, Their Rest House
W elcome News , and a New W elcome What? A temporary home for missionaries on va cation; a place where the tired workers can breathe freely and live their lives as they choose; a place all their own, while they are within its walls; cozy, modern, convenient apartments for light housekeeping. That blessed place, home, that precludes a year of roving guestdom ; a destination in mind when leaving the other side of the world, and a point to which to buy tickets and check luggage ; and then a place to live, to love, and to leave one's belongings, when itinerating this heathen land, and a place to come back to ? just a home. Why? Those who have intimate friends among the missionaries need not be told. To others, pass this on. Dr. W. W. Moore, President of Union Theological Seminary, in describing the embarrass ment of missionaries seeking a place of abiding while in America, said, "I know of no greater need than just such a home as you propose building ; the plan appealed powerfully to me when it was first pre sented. ' ' We speak of the missionaries "coining home," but after their own old home is no more, to them it is only "coming back." This thought of a home shaped into brick and mortar, and cemented with love, will wake again that echo "coming home"; for here in an up-to-date six-room apartment they can enjoy the loving atmosphere of family love and life, with the ?intrusion of heathen at least minimized. With only a nominal charge to pay, and the apartments furnished, housekeeping ex penses will be much less than boarding. When? Just as soon as the women can raise the money (and all men are admitted on equal terms). The plans have been completed, and the Treasurer of this fund has in hand a "nest egg." which will literally lay a good founda tion. When all the women's societies send in enough "bricks" or "tiles," the work will be pushed- at once. It is confidently expected to go "over the toj>" before the summer of 1919. Where? On the grounds of Union Theological Sem inary, Richmond, V*., where the Seminary has generously donated a handsome site; where the missionary men can again study at "dear old Union," and profit by many lectures from other notable men ; where the missionary women can enter the Assembly's Training School for a shorter or longer term; where the missionary children can attend the mod ern and model public school of Ginter Park, and the model Sunday school about to be es tablished by the Seminary; and where t! whole missionary family can love and be loved by the members of God's nobility in that most attractive of suburbs. Whence? "Only a woman can make a home." Where else should the 'idea have been born but in the hearts of the women t Home for Mission aries on Furlough. Knowing the missionaries, especially tlie? mothers and wives, and guessing the trying things that our missionaries mention not, the women understood the need and thought it through. And so when Mrs. J. C. Stewart, of Rich mond, languaged out this longing at a Synodi cal meeting a few years ago, her appeal fell upon already prepared soil. And straightway the women worked. Mrs. George Randolph Cannon, also of Rich mond, was made treasurer, in the faith that a treasurer would be needed; and by means o hundreds of written letters she enriched the treasury with a cheering collection of gifts. Whither? To the greater comfort, and therefore the greater efficiency, of all our missionaries, both home and foreign. To hearten them up when they return from the trenches. To the honor of our Southern Presbyterian Church, which honors itself in homing these heralds of the cross. To the glory of God. How? How built? The land is a gift of the Sem. inary. Of the $18,000 needed for the four apart, ments seen in the mMdle of the picture, the Virginia Synodical has assumed the lion's share; this the efficient President, Mrs. S. D. Walton, has apportioned to the eight Presby terials in Virginia; all apportionments being gladly accepted and some hilarious giving hav ing resulted. Also, the Synodical Thank Of fering has been dedicated to this special ser vice, "until further notice." The Synodical of North Carolina has referred the matter to her Presbyterials, and large re sults are expected. The younger sisters, West Virginia and Ap palacbia, are invited to take as large a shar of stock as possible, and knowing the "stuff'' they are made of, no lagging nor delay will be found in those camps. Individual gifts or memorials are a part of the plan. One woman is now waiting to furnish an apart ment, completely new, as a memorial. And the committee is look ing for that friend who wants to build one or all of the four apartments in memory of some one whose works will thus be made to follow him. How sustained? A small charge will be asked of the missionaries, which will cover insurance and repairs. The foundation is secured. Don't you want to get in on the ground floor? Who? Who are concerned? You are, if you have given anything to start this home. Won't you try to increase yonr gift and then try to get some one else to give? If you have not given for this purpose, think about it and see if you are not concerned enough about giving our missionaries this home to go down into your pocket or into your bank ^account to send a gift. Our home missionaries are concerned for it will give them a place in which to spend short vacations, where they can have advantages unknown in their fields of work. Our foreign missionaries are concerned, for it will mean to them a haven of rest in the midst of delightful surroundings. Advisory Committee. This committee will have oversight of the building of the home, and it consists of Rev. Dr. W. W. Moore, D. D., president of Union Theological Seminary; Mr. George Watts, of Durham, N. 0., president of the Board of Directors of the seminary, and Mr. John S. Munce, of Richmond. For further information write Mrs. J. C. Stewart, 1031 West Grace Street, Richmond, Va. , And send all gifts to Mrs. George Randolph Cannon, 306 West Grace Street, Richmon Va.