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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, January 15, 1919, Image 19

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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 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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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