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(Continued from page 7) practically the entire congregation in their Bible school, but this fact has prevented intensive work among the children. A missionary puts the matter very directly when he says: "We have had thirty-three years in Korea now ? just one generation. It has been an adult generation. Now comes the generation of children. You know we have always had our church Sunday-schools, which every one at tends, from grandpa down to the babies, but we have not had Sunday schools for the children until re cently." "Last May we set a man to work to cover the one hundred and twenty churches of our denomination in this Province, and to try to organize chil dren's Sunday-schools in every pos sible church in addition to all that wo had before. I am not sure of the total that he started, but I think that it is over twenty. I have over half that many In my own forty-five churches, and they are doing well." Then an appeal is made for help by supplying pictures which have been used in our American Sunday schools. "Our people are so poor though and there is so little in the way of literature or pictures that they can afford to buy. Every bit that you have sent has been used to the limit and some of it several times over. Now, In addition to the one hundred and twenty Sunday-school, we want anything in the shape of a picture, preferably those large wall charts for these schools. We hope to have forty of the new schools running before summer." This appeal is especially to Presbyterians and Methodists, both "North" and "South." For fur ther information and an introduction to a missionary, write, Indicating your denomination, to the World's Sunday-school Association, Surplus Material Department, 21 G Metropoli tan Tower, New York City. There is a call for similar pictures from every Foreign Mission field, where your own denomination is working. FAITHFUL SUNDAY -SCHOOL AT TENDANCE IN JAPAN. Japan has a National Sunday-school Association. Their secretary is Rev. H. Kawasumi. Mr. Kawasumi just reported to the World's Sunday school Association about the giving of medals for Sunday-school attend ance, and made the interesting state ment: "Last Christmas we gave medals for those who attended Sun day-school without rest through the year. There were .3,602, and those who continued five years werel9. Of the teachers who had taught classes through five years there were 7 7, and for ten years there were 18." There are about 200,000 in the Sunday schools of Japan. THE PRAYER MEETING WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. Week Beginning April 21. 191K John 4:19-24. This is one of the most remarkable incidents that we have recorded con nected with our Lord's life on earth. To this poor, sinful, semi-heathen woman he gives the first clear and dis tinct statement that he is the prom ised Messiah of Israel. But what we have to do with now Is his teaching concerning what was required of the woman and what is ?till required of us all. lie began to talk perse nal religion to her by show ing her that she was a sinner. She admit'ed it. but did not want to talk about it. She thought she could lead hinj away from that subject by talking about religion rather than talking ro ligion. She tells him that she recog nizes him as a prophet, and as such she appeals to him to settle a question long and bitterly discussed between the Jews and the Samaritans. The Jews claimed that Jerusalem was the special and most important place at which to worship God. Her people in sisted that Mount Gerizim. near by tjiem, was the place. She wanted this prophet to settle the question for her. No doubt, if he had answered her say ing that Jerusalem was the place, she would have been ready to argue the matter at any length. There are a great many people who are willing to talk about religion, to discuss doctrines and ceremonies with great interest, but are unwilling to talk about their own salvation, when that is the subject that should occupy both mind and heart. Jesus tells this woman that she need not be concerned about the place at which to worship God, for God is much more concerned about the spirit of the worship than about its form. God is a spirit, and therefore is not confined to one place. Since He is a spirit, He cannot be deceived by formal worship. There may be true worshippers at Gerizim, and there may bo false worshippers at Jeru salem. There are a great many people who think they are doing their full duty, when they go through the formalities of worship, and think that they will be saved because they attend church and give to its support. There are members of the church who seem to be satisfied when they have done these same things, or performed other out ward acts, regardless of what their hearts are. The most elaborate forms of worship will not be of any avail if they are not prompted by the true spirit of worship. On the other hand the simplest form is acceptable to God where it comes from a heart full of reverence and love for Him. God requires that the worshipper shall be truthful, and yet there is no relation in life in which men as a whole are more untruthful than in their worship. There are many peo ple who go to church professedly to worship God, but into whose hearts the ideas of worship never enter. There are some who take part in other forms of worship who do it from some ulterior motive. A doctor who was not a member of any church moved into the city where there was a strong and wealthy church, which he soon Joined. He told a friend a short time afterwards that he had done this be cause he thought membership In that church would help him to establish himself in his practice. Evidence of a lack of truthfulness is seen In many of the excuses that are given for not performing acts of worship or other duties to God. The man who says he cannot give for the support of the gospel and spends many dollars in cigars, theatre tickets and in other pleasures, is not honest with God. The man who says he has not time to have family worship, when a few minutes saved from reading the morning paper, or gained by rising a little earlier, is not truthful in his excuse. So the man who goes to his work all the week and expects to dur ing the whole of the next week usually is not truthful when he says that he did not go to church on Sun day because he was not feeling well. It is strange that people should think that they call deceive God in this way. They forget that He is the all-wise Spirit. | YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES ' THE CROSS IN CITY SIAJMS. M , Apr. 22. Slum? of Sodom. Gen. 18:20-33. T.. Apr. 23. Light for the Mum. Prov. 6:20-23. W., Apr. 24. Jonah in the slums. Jonnh 3:1-10. T.. Apr. 2i. The cleansing stream. Exck. 47:1-12. F. Apr. 26. The Romnn ghetto. Acts 2S:16-24. S., Apr. 27. The transforming message. 1 Cor. 2: 1-5. S.. Apr. 28. Tonic ? The Power of the Croat in City Slums. Luke 14:15-23. Whu do ice need citu mi.monj? } low ran t re abniith slums? TTAj/ are slum-dwcllcri trorth sating! whl? SlUmS are th?Se parts of cities . here Poverty and sin abound. But it t herfl1 ftake t0 SUppose that spiritually ere is a very great difference be hTn thei(Sectlons of th? city in which the poor live in poverty and those in much^T ri?h liVG ,n ,uxury- There of Ti l n COmm?n bGtWeen the Poor Avenue Very and th? F,Ch of Flfth It is not so much a question of ma terial wealth as it is of spiritual pos sessions. Neither wealth nor poverty will save a man. Nothing but the "7 <" Cl"-|8t ?'? ~ve h,m. Christ died to save all who need salva tion and it does not matter whether they Jive in the palaces of the wealthy or in the hovels of the poor. ^ I"' un(ierstandlng that the hi . J J" "ee,i tbe 8amo S"8""" 'bat the nicked poor must have In order to he saved, let us at this time look e? pecially at the needs of the poor There are many people who are very poor in this world's good who are There the?!;,e88inS8 of God's grace. tPHai are Hkew,8e ma?y whose ma curse PTherty 18 n<>t thG,r *reate8< soil are poverty-strl<*en in thpAr??B the '"habitants of the slums there are many who are vicious, but they need the gospel Just as much as of lueYSptr,tual P^Pers in the palaces of luxury and culture; and often mes the dwellers in the slums are the easier class to reach Where there is real want or .uffer. ?t! anfy k,nd " will be well to sup the immediate necessities of the f0??L U 18 hard t0 a hungry man listen to the gospel. But heln should be given judiciously, it i8 far kT U, 8eCUre a man a Job tfaat Will nable him to support his family than need 'hem "tW thej In dealing with the poor it should be remembered that they are human >eings, and that, no matter how they may be clad in rags, by nature they Th6evnmaSV,fferent fr?m 0ur8elves would hJ WO" V6ry much as wo would be won or they may be driven from us in the same way in which we would be similarly affected Remember that these people have ?ouls, and that if they are saved they must be saved by the same Saviour that saves us. Remember also that <lle* them, and that he wants us to tel. them of his salvation oor people are usually very easilv approached. ?hen we B?\0 7he"m the proper spirit. They recognize r needs. Their poverty makes them all the more willing to admit the needs of their An has expressed it. it will not do to try ? 'and them the gospel at the end to tJ VardS,,ck- We get close them and make them feel that we are interested in them. Do not ,Iy much emphasis on their needs, but .h?; lhom the blessings that may be theirs, if they will have them Sunday-school work and praver meetings and preaching are very Kood means for starting work among them but it will be the personal.work of hearts yearning for the salvation th? ?Gl! wm br,n* re8ults "> the salvation of their souls One of the gratifying results of such work is the wonderful changes that take place in the lives of thoso who are led to accept Jesus as their Saviour. This affects not only the in dividuals, but oftentimes the whole community in which the work is done is transformed. If the gospel were faithfully carried into the slums and so presented that tho people would accept It, there would soon be no slums. The gospel of Jesus Christ has an elevating effect, not only as to the spiritual man, out also as to material things. Win a soul for Christ, and unless he is too old to change his mode of life, in a little while a cleaner, better home will take the place of tho one that was a disgraco to tho community. The hot bed of sin and iniquity may be changed into a nursery of that which is good and true, in which will grow plants for the Master's garden. RED CROSS STUDY COURSE FOR PRESBYTERIAN YOUNG PEOPLE. Gilbert Glass, D. D. The Young People's Department of the Publication Committee has made arrangements with the American Red Cross for the distribution of a limited number of their new booklet, "This Side the Trenches With the American Red Cross," for the use of Christian Endeavor and other Young People's Societies and Organized Sunday-school classes, free of cost to them. This Is a very attractive booklet of eight chapters and sixty pages pre pared for study classes, and presents In Interesting form some very valuable Information regarding the civilian re lief work of the Red Cross. Everybody Is Interested In the Red Cross. What do you know about this new department of Its work? It is performing a valuable and sorely needed service In connection with our war work, and can be of still greater usefulness as It is better understood and more adequately supported. In all probability It will point the way to some definite and worth while service In your own community. Bring this matter up before your society or class and form a group for study of this interesting little book; then write to the Presbyterian Com mittee of Publication, Box 1176, Rich mond, Va., for the required number of copies, and they will be forwarded to you Immediately, free of charge. RICHMOND STUDENT VOLUNTEER UNION. The Richmond Student Volunteer Union met in the chapel of Grace Covenant Presbyterian church. There were twenty-four members and two visitors present. Mr. F. F. Baker, of Union Theologi cal Seminary, conducted the de votional exercises, after which Mr. J. E. Couser, of the seminary, gave his impressions of the Student Volunteer Conference, held at Randolph-Macon College, Lynchburg, March lst-3rd. It was a most interesting report, the two deepest impressions being the empha sis laid upon thorough consecration on the part of each Christian, and the need for mission study in the colleges. His four points were: 1. In order to do anything f<?r the Master, each of us must be thoroughly consecrated. 2. The fact that the cause we repre sent is the greatest cause. 3. The comparisons made by Mr. J. Lovell Murray, of the Student Volunteer Movement, between the sufferings of the nations, occasioned by the war, that we cannot help, and the suffer ings of the non-'ChrlBtlan nations, oc casioned by sin, that we can In a large measure alleviate. 4. The necessity for mission study. He concluded with the chart, formerly used by J. Camp bell White, Know ? Pray ? Pay ? Go, bringing out tfee fact that we must know the need, to pray effectively, or