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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, March 20, 1918, Image 13

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It was interesting and impressive
at this service to see his widow, lov
ingly called by us all "Mother Stuart,"
and her two useful sons. Rev. J.
Leighton Stuart, of the Union Theo
logical Seminary, of Nanking, and
Rev. Warren H. Stuart, president of
Hangchow Christian College. The
erection of this church was made pos
sible by the contribution of the land
by Mother Stuart, and gifts from Rev.
G. W. Painter, D. D., as well as gifts
from the late Rev. George Hudson,
who for seventeen years labored un
tiringly for the cause of missions in
Hangchow, also from other mission
aries and Chinese Christians. Dr.
Painter's was the first and largest gift,
and crowns his work here, where he
labored so faithfully for many years,
and where his heart is still, though
he resides now in America.
The church bell wks given by an
old Chinese Christian of the Great
Peace Bridge Chapel of Hangchow,
and her family. She was for many
years a Bible woman, and is still
active, though eighty-three years of
age. When she brought her first con
tribution toward the bell, she asked
that the words, "O come, let us sing
unto the Lord," be placed on it. And
after relating her experiences, flrBt as
a heathen, and then recounting the
blessings that have come to her
through the gospel, she exclaimed, "0
that I could have a bell large enough
to call the whole world to come and
hear the good news!"
Please unite with us in prayer, that
many shall hear the good news in this
church, and that it shall be a center
of influence in this great heathen city,
to guide many souls to Christ.
Hangchow, China.
Among tlje S>olbiers
Monthly report, from one of our
camp pastors for week beginning
March 4, 1918: ,
Religious services 6
Workers' conferences 3
Committee meetings 6
Staff conferences 6
Communion services 1
Camp services 2
Transports visltod 2
Testaments given aboard ship. . . 189
Total number Testaments given. 201
Funerals 1
Marriages 2
Socials 1
New members received 3
Confessions 1
Soldiers attending socials 350
Soldiers attending religious ser
vices, exclusive of men, women
and children in church 600
Entertained in private homes,
considerably over 100 enlisted
Personal interviews 9
A Y. M. C. A. Secretaries' Confer
ence which was held in this church
all day Friday is included in the three
Workers' Conferences.
The Soldiers' Declaration for Christ.
The Y. M. C. A. in their religious
meetings are having thousands of
conversions. Since the first of De
%cember the "Church Army" has
grown at the rate of 250 a day. In
order to make the decisions clear cut
and definite the Association has pre
pared a declaration card which they
call their War Roll. The following
is the declaration on this card:
"I hereby pledge my allegiance to
the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour
and King, and by God's help will fight
His battles for the victory of His
All the English-speaking armies in
the world are using this one form of
Christian decision card. Originally
the British Young Men's Christian
Association started the use of it, and
about 300,000 British soldiers have
enrolled while thousands of their rel
atives have been won to Christ in
consequence of the follow-up work.
When a man signs this card he does
so only after careful deliberation aud
opportunity to consult with some Y.
M. C. A. Secretary. Every week these
cards are sent to the War Work Coun
cil headquarters of the Y. M. C. A.
in New York City. Robert P. Wil
der, the director of the Religious
Work Bureau, then sends a letter to
every card signer. In this letter he
expresses the Association's joy, its ex
pectations that he will unite with the
Church and its hope that he will Join
a Bible class and make daily Bible
reading and prayer a life habit. A
copy of the card is seHt to the pas
tor of the home church, if the young
man has expressed a preference, and
this is accompanied by a letter from
Mr. Wilder, asking the local minister
to co-operate in encouraging the young
man and in enlisting his family in
the cause of Christ. Then perhaps
the most important persons to whom
the Association writes is the family
of the young man who signs the card.
The original is sent to them signed
by his own hand. This is of great
comfort to his loved ones, particular
ly if he should pay the great price
when he goes "over there." A copy
is likewise retained in the New York
office and one is Bent to the Y. M. C.
?A. nearest this young man's home.
Is this a needless multiplication of
records; is this a senseless checking
up; shall the young man be embar
rassed with a flood of letters relative
to his decision? Not at all ? this is
only a sensible plan to follow up a
man's decision to follow Jesus Christ.
It is a thing that is most lacking in
many evangelistic efforts. A clear de
cision Is sufficient for salvation. Op
portunity for development is neces
sary if there be growth. The Y. M.
C. A. is utilizing every agency to
make this important decision a per
manent one, and to enlist in the ser
vice of Jesus Christ any who are par
ticularly dear and near who are not
In his service. Four letters are not
too many to assure a man that he
has done the right thing and that
he has the encouragement of friends
in his Christian life. It is said that
our men look forward to the mail
time as the best part of the day.
Just here is where our camp pas
tors in the active service of our
churches contiguent to the camp may
do their best work. You will notice
that in the above "follow-up" all the
agencies of encouragement have come
from the outside. Here is the oppor
tunity for the local camp pastor. He
may at once place this young man as
an "affiliate" member of his church.
Rr. Robert McCaslin, of Montgomery,
Ala., has 300 soldiers upon his
church roll. He Is privileged to ta
all the names of the men who ex
press a preference for the Presbyte
rian church, and he looks after them
personally, bringing them into the
local church. Soldiers, while they
enjoy the Y. M. C. A. services in the
Y. M. C. A. huts, love to get back
into a real church and Its services.
It takes them back to "home days."
fn view of this wonderful work be
ing done by the Y. M. C. A. through
the war roll, shall we lose this great
opportunity thus afforded our Church?
We will if we do not adequately sup
ply assistance to the local ministers
adjacent to the camps.
The following are letters from
loved ones to ministers, relative to
their appreciation of kindness extend
ed to members of their family, lo
cated in our camp cities. Any camp
city pastor can duplicate these by the
score. Unquestionably more letters
like these should be written because
more men would be helped if we had
more camp pastors to assist the local
ministers. Thank God, we expect
soon to have sufficient reinforcements
to man the work:
An Armour of Purity and Strength.
"The services of your church have
not only been a solace and guide to
the temporary homeless young men,
but an armour of purity and strength
in warding off the stray shafts of
licentiousness and compromising as
sociations trailing in the wake of the
unwary wanderer. I know our boys
appreciate it because of the many ex
pressions In the letters of my son
and his comrades. The prayers of
countless mothers and fathers and
families are lifted up hourly In ap
preciation of your generosity and
Had Not Written Home.
"We have not heard from our son
in more than three weeks. We are
getting very anxious about him, for
he may be sick or may have been
moved away. If you can find out his
whereabouts we will appreciate it
more than we can express. We thank
you and your kind people for the in
terest already shown in our boy."
The Privileges of th? Church.
"We have heard of you and your
church, and know that you are meet
ing the emergency and doing wonder
ful things for our boys. We feel
thankful that you are extending to
them the privileges of the Church of
Christ when they are so far from
The Human Touch Gives Courage for
the Right.
"It means a lot to the parents and
to the churches to know that our boys
have fallen into good hands, and that
they are using their opportunities for
the Master while separated from us.
One of the blessings which already Is
come out of this hellish barborish is
the deepening of sympathy and broad
ening of vision of Christian brother
hood, as the world Is forced to lift
its eyes above the chaos of material
and social wreckage in search of some
thing substantial. It Is the Church's
opportunity. May God give us grace
to meet it!"
No North ? No South?All for the
Flag. .
"You have made our boys your
boys; you have taken them into your
home, your churches and your hearts,
and surrounded them with a halo of
love and appreciation. There is no
North and no South; it is as it should
be, all for the flag.
A Double Thanksgiving.
"In the letter received yesterday
from our son he was not very ex
plicit in telling us about his delight
ful thanksgiving dinner experiences,
and we do not know whether It was
"a very nice lady" who met him and
his companions on the street was
Mrs. or some other mem
ber of the family, but I do know the
name In my heart which belongs to
you; it is friend ? a friend to our
boy, and a friend to us. We thank
you and thank you. It does seem as
If you can never know how
father and mother and sister and
other home friends appreciate your
kindness and thought for him. When
our boy was transferred to Camp
we had no information at
all about the place, and It seemed a
long way from home and a very lone
ly city. Now it has drawn near as
we read of it each day when the
comes to our home, and as
to its loneliness, just see what an
influence you have produced oyer
Suppose he were your boy? Is our
war work worth while? Answer this
"Pray ye" daily, definitely, earnest
ly, expectantly, "in the Spirit":
That the holy purpose of God for
our time may be fulfilled.
That divine guidance and strength
may be given to the President and
those associated with him, and to our
naval and military leaders.
That undaunted courage may be
given to all our men under arms and
that they may be shielded in the love
and power of God.
That the national, naval and mili
tary leaders of our allies may be di
vinely guided and that all the men
of the allied forces may be divinely
guarded and blessed.
That victory and righteous pea Ce
may crown our warfare.
That we may be kept from hatroil
of our enemies.
That Christian soldiers and sailors
may be kept true to Jesus Christ.
That God would keep watch over
?all men who have gone into the ser
vice of our country.
That the Chaplains, the Y. M. C.
A., the Y. W. C. A., the Red Cross
workers, the camp pastors and all
who minister to the men in the ser
vice may be richly blessed of God,
and that their ministry may result in
rich blessings to the men.
That the hearts of all who have
given the men of their households to
the services of humanity In this world
war may be stayed and comforted by
the God of all comfort.
That Jesus Christ may be honored
and that h9 may arise in his kingly
power and rule all hearts and lands.
"Call upon me, and I will answer
thee, and will show thee great things,
and difficult, which thou knowest not."
Jeremiah 33:3. ? Selected.
(A British boy somewhere In
France wrote to his home in England
these simple but appealing verses:)
Are they praying for us at home?
Are they meeting together in
Or going on still in the old way,
As they did when I was there?
We thank them for all their letters.
We thank them for all their care.
But, Oh! just tell them, dear Mother,
We are needing so much more
Will you ask them to gather together
To meet at our Father's Throne,
That we may be kept from falt'ring,
When we feel we are standing
There are moments when courage
fails us,
When dangers around us stare.
Oh! tell them again, dear
We are needing so z
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