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sembly's evangelistic force. He has
had a large experience In the evan gelistic lleld. His work as superin tendent and evangelist In the Synod of Missouri was unusually successful, and he has been in great demand for special meetings, not only in Missouri, but throughout our Assembly. The Executive Committee most cor dially commends Dr. Thomas to any church or community desiring a series of special services, as a thoroughly safe, sane and sensible evangelist. His permanent address is 3203 Mcrrell Avenue, Kansas City, Mo., and all communications sent to him at this place will reach hin>. The opidemic of influenza that has prevailed the past few months in so mony sections of the country, result ing in closing so many of our churches, has seriously Interrupted the Assembly's evangelistic program. Many churches that had planned for evangelistic meetings during the fall have been obliged to postpone them until a later date. Three-fourths of the present Church year have passed. It is cer tain that a special evangelistic effort will be necessary during the next three months if our Church is able to report to the noxt Assembly the usual inc.rer.se upon profession of faith. The committee would like to remind the Church that the Assem bly's evangelists are available for meetings; also that a large number of our leading pastors have volun teered their services for special evan gelistic work. The committee would be glad to co-operate with any church desiring a meeting, in securing a competent man to conduct it. THE LAYMAN'S MISSIONARY MOVEMENT HAS BIG PLANS FOIt THE RETURNING SOLDIERS. The minds of all Christian leaders everywhere are impressed with the imperative importance of our being ready at once with an adequate pro gram of activities and service to in terest and draw the returning soldiers to the Church and religious life. Our soldiers are fast returning tn small groups all over the country, and with the lifting of all outside re straints after being under 3trict dis cipline for so long, especially those who have seen service at the front, who have been under the strain of great danger and excitement, their natural tendencies will be to relax their own self-restraints, and unless the Church, Y. M. C. A. and other Christian agencies are alert and ready with help, clean entertainment and activities that will interest them, the non-Christian and often evil in fluences will have their way with our soldiers to their lasting injury and to the great loss of the churches and communities. To meet this grave situation, the Laymen's Missionary Movement of the Southern Presbyterian Church is plan ning to hold before the last of Feb ruary., in several cities in each of the Southern States, one day conferences for all the Church leaders and min isters who can be gotten together. These conferences wiH be conduct ed by two recently discharged officers, Captain F. L. Slaymaker, now secre tary of the Laymen's Movement, and Captain M. L. Swinehart, one of the missionaries to Korea, on furlough in this country. The purpose of these conferences will be to suggest and work out methods for definite activi ties which will help the churches to present to the soldiers, as they arrive home, a program that will challenge their Interest and active support and capitalize for the Church th? great work done in the camps here and overseas by the Y. M. C. A. and allied agencies. It is hoped that pastors, church officers and leading laymen will arrange to attend. The soldiers have seen a broad minded, practical, applied life of Christian service in the work of tiie Y. M, C. A. and allied agencies, and those who have seen real lighting, or been close up tothe lighting lines have been close up to the lighting lines have nity. We must have ready for them a real program of work in a Church alive with broad, true Christian spirit, for many of them, if given an oppor tunity, will go right to work with the spirit of zeal and inspiration learned in their army training, and will be of greatest help in drawing in and hold ing those of their number less inter ested. If we fail of this aggressive readiness, their so-called friends out of the Church will lead them far afield from the cause of Christ. The pastor has a special respon sibility at this time. He should get in touch with every family with sons in the service, find out, if known, when they are expected home, and arrange for the family to notify him at once of their soldier's arrival. The pastor can then arrange for a personal conference with him, to show his interest, find out the soldier's pur poses, needs and aims for the new home life, and aid him in every way possible. Such a conference will seal a friendship that will help greatly in tying the young man to the Church. In this conference the pastor can learn if the soldier has signed during the war a Y. M. C. A. War Roll card, which is a positive pledge of Chris tian faith and service, signed by large numbers of the soldiers. When he finds the man has signed this, he should try to get him to confirm that pledge by uniting with the Church. The Y. M. C. A. In the camps here and overseas stressed Bible study, evangelism and entertainment. This can be best continued and applied in every church through the organized men's Bible study class, with week night club features. Out of these men's classes, if alive and active, will come groups and com mittees to take hold of and put now life into all kinds of church work, such as city home and overseas mis sions, ushering, choir, etc. There should be secured through a committee of the men's class, or otherwise, a list of employment open ings ready for those that may need them, to show thus a practical Chris tian service, which will also help to tie the returned soldier to the Church as his friend. Among these men some will be found ready to take boys' classes in the Sunday-schools, and as leaders of Boy Scouts' work, and the hero worshipping tendencies of the small boy will be appealed to by them, re sulting In mutual benefit to both the boy and the soldier. The Christian Endeavor and the Young People's Soceitles holding re ligious services, may interest the sol diers. and give them opportunities to tell of their war and camp experiences, but their devotional service must bo real and genuine gatherings for wor ship of a revered Father God. In small cities and sections of the larger cities removed from the Y. M. C. A. buildings. Community Center Huts, built at moderate cost along lines of Y. M. C. A. Camp Huts, paid for and operated Jointly by the United Protestant churches of the section, each church taking charge of activi ties one or more nights each week, will capitalize for the churches and community -the war work of the Y. M. C. A. and prove a connecting link to the Church for the non-Christian returned soldier, and also kill the de mand for the return of the saloon as a Boclal gathering place. Readers will look out for notices of time and place of meeting of these conferences and plan to attend. A FLEA FOR IMPERISHABLE ISRAEL. In August last it was the writer's good fortune to attend a Jewish Con ference at beautiful Winona Lake, one of a series of annual religious conferences held at that place. Rev. Elias Zimmerman, a Russian Jew, and a recent graduate of our seminary at Columbia, S. C., was present and delivered an interesting sermon Sunday morning in the near by town. (Mr. Zimmerman is now pastor of the Presbyterian church at Smyrna. Ga.) That afternoon we had a "Testimony Meeting," at which the sons and daughters of Israel related the circumstances attending their conversion and subsequent persecu tion. As I listened to their thrilling narratives, my heart burned within me, and I longed to help forward the work of Jewish evangelization. One of these converted Jews was the Rev. F. B. Solin, who has been a success ful pastor of a Presbyterian church in Indiana, but has now devoted his life to work among his own people, and is the superintendent of "The Christian Mission to Israel" in Chi cago. Dr. Howard Agnew Johnston, of that city, thus writes concerning this mission: "The secret of successful mission work in any field is the development of a native force of workers in each country, until Japanese Christians shall evangelize Japan, Hindu Chris tian shall evangelize India, etc. Without question, the same principlo obtains in the Jewish field. For the first time this principle is now being applied in Chicago. We believe a work of Christian Jews to their own people will obviate many of the diffi culties heretofore encountered by Gentiles. The beginning of the work justifies this conviction. The mem bers of the Board of Managers are all Hebrew Christians. They know the Jewish needs. They can say things to their own people and be heard while the same statements from Gen tiles would be resented. In this mis sion the Jewish Cnrlstians them selves have the entire management and control. Already it is manifest that such a movement appeals to many of the lost sheep in the House of Israel. Chicago, with its estimated 300,000 Jews, offers a splendid field for active and loving service of He brew Christians for the salvation of their own people. The field has hardly been touched. To those burd ened for their brethren, the situ ation is heart-breaking. It is esti mated that only one out of a thous and know the Christ. In the particu lar locality where this mission is sit uated, eighty-five per cent of the population is Jewish. The need Is very great. The work is worthy and trustworthy. It is at our door. It should have a place in your budget of Christian steawardshlp. Let no one hesitate to help because the gifts may not be large. Every contribution will be sincerely appreciated." In addition to his varied labors, Mr. Solln has written a booklet proving conclusively from the Old Testament that Jesus is the Messiah. Of this Dr. Johnston says: "Running through the statements of the printed page Is the throbbing zeal of a redeemed child of Abra ham who has found the true Messiah of Israel, Then, like Paul, his burden for his brethren Is that they, too, might be saved. To the candid AX ATTACK OF INFLUENZA OFTEN LEAVES KIDNEYS IN WEAKENED CONDITION Doctors in all parts of the country have been kept busy with the epi demic of influenza which has visited so many homes. The symptoms of this disease are very distressing and leave the system in a run down condition. Almost every victim complains of lame back and urinary troubles which should not be neglected, as these danger signals often lead to dangerous kidney trou bles. Druggists report a large sale on Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root which so many people say soon heals and strengthens the kidneys after an at tack of grip. Swamp-Root, being an herbal compound: has a gentle heal ing effect on the kidneys, which is almost immediately noticed in most cases by those who try it. Dr. Kil mer & Co., Binghamton, N. Y., of fer to send a sample size bottle of Swamp-Root, on receipt of ten cents, to every sufferer who requests it. A trial will convince any one who may be in need of it. Regular medium and large size bottles, for sale at all druggists. Be sure to mention this paper. reader his proof is beyond question. He clears up inconsistencies in a mas terful way." But for lack of means, Mr. Solin has not been able to publish this needed booklet, and that fact consti tutes the Naison d'etro of this article. As our Southern Presbyterian Church has no mission to the Jews, it is safe to presume that the large majority of our members have never "helped the Jews" by even a small gift. May I not plead with all such to send a contribution to Rev. F. B. Solin, 6133 University Avenue, Chi cago, or to the undersigned? We are trusting that those Christians who have occasionally contributed to Jewish missions will also respoud to this appeal. Now, when the Jew ish question is looming so large upon the world's horizon, let us remember the words of the Lord Jesus how he said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." And let us back up our gifts with the prayer that the booklet may be speedily issued, and be used of the Holy Spirit in the conversion of many of Christ's kinsmen according .to the flesh. Mrs. Kate Wharton Grafton. Union Church, Miss. The Joyful Hours of Jesus J. Gibson Lowrle, D. D. Dr. Lowrie demonstrates how, in spite of the stupendous weight ? that of a world's redemption, which pressed upon him, Jesus possessed as the well-springs of his spiritual sustenance a joy that was full, abiding and sufficient for the mission he came to earth to fulfill. PRICE, $1.25 NET Order from PRESBYTKRIAN COMMITTEE OF PUBLICATION Richmond, Va. Texarkana, Ark. -Tex. Students For The Ministry Who from war service or other rea sons were prevented from taking up their Seminary course last fall, or whose course has been inter rupted, can enter LOUISVILLE SEMINARY for second term, beginning Janu ary 15, 1919. Provision made for covering studies of first term. For information write at once to the President, CHARLES R. HEMPHILL Louisville, Ky.