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//,L Southwestern Presbyter/^
The Central Presbyter/an 6
The Southern Presbyterian
VOL. 93.
No. 20
Fifty-ninth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church
in the United States
New Orleans, La., May 15, 1919
EW ORLEANS has been the host of the
General Assembly for two of its former
meetings. The first meeting in that city was
in 1877. Rev. Dr. B. M. Smith, of West Han
over Presbytery, was the retiring moderator,
and opened the session with a sermon. Rev.
Dr. C. A. Stillman, of Tuscaloosa Presbytery,
was elected to succeed him. Dr. Stillman's
name and the influence of his life and work
remain in part in the great school which bears
his name ? Stillman Institute at Tuscaloosa,
Ala. ? where young negro men have been
trained as preachers to carry the pure gospel
to their own people.
The second meeting in New Orleans was in
1898, when Rev. George T. Goetchius, of Cher
okee Presbytery, as the retiring moderator,
preached the opening sermon. His successor
was Rev. Dr. E. M. Green, of Transylvania
Presbytery. Of these four princes in Israel,
Dr. Green is the only one who is still living.
Dr. Green has been pastor of the First Chureh,
Danville, Ky., since 1877, and his bow still
abides in strength, and he is- doing valiant ser
vice for the Master.
The retiring moderator this year is Rev. Dr.
James I. Vance, pastor of the First Church,
Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Vance is one of the most
vigorous and successful pastors in the Church.
He is at the head of the war work of our
Clnirch, and as a member of a
committee of Federal Council
of the Churches of Christ in
America he recently went to
Paris to the Peace Council, in
the name of the Christian
churches of America, to urge
the formation of the league for
the prevention of war.
^lany interesting questions
will occupy the attention of the
Assembly, and many of them
are of great importance. But
none of them is so important
as the great work of the Church
as administered by the four
Executive Committees. Some
times there is a feeling that the
work in these different branches
will Ik? attended to by the com
mittees in charge, and that the
Assembly need only hear and
adopt the reports presented.
This is very unfortunate. The
Executive Committees are supposed only to
carry out the plans of the Assembly.
The mission of the Church is to preach the
gospel and nothing should be allowed to inter
fere with this being done in the roost effective
way. Whatever will advance the carrying out
of the great commission to the Church should
he given the most careful and conscientious
consideration. The work of each committee is
worthy of the most earnest attention.
Rev. James I. Vance, D. P., Moderator.
One of the vital questions that ought to be
solved is, what can be done about the debt on
the Foreign Mission work? This debt of more
than $200,000 is the result of circumstances
Napoleon Avenue Church, Where the Assembly Meets.
over which neither the Committee nor the
Church had any control. Bnt if God permitted
the circumstances because of which this debt
was incurred, He surely has some plan by
which it can be paid. It is the part of the
Assembly to endeavor to discover what this plan
is. In addition to paying the debt, plans ought
to be made for increasing this work very
greatly. Much has been done, but far more
must be done, if our Church ever gives the gos
pel to the 32,000,000 of heathen that are de
pendent upon it for the bread of life.
The Home Mission Committee also has done
a great work during the past year. But when
we look over its report and see the needs that
it presents, it looks as though the Church has
only entered the border of its great field of op
portunity. There is need everywhere. There
nv(> weak country churches and struggling city
missions that need help. There are hundreds
of thousands of foreigners in our land, many
of whom must have the gospel preached to them
in their own language or they will go without
it. As the world settles down to a peace basis,
there will be immense numbers of immigrants
coming from the war swept lands of Europe
to this land of plenty and liberty.? In our ter
ritory are a large number of Indians who are
most receptive to the gospel, and make devoted
and faithful Christians. They need preachers
and teachers, churches and schools. Three mil
lion or more of dwellers in the mountains, peo
ple of the sturdiest characteristics, have long
been neglected. They should wait no longer
for the salvation they need so much. The
darkest cloud thai overhangs
our Southland derives its color
not from that of the people who
make up a large part of our
population, but it is because the
negroes, numbering ten or
twelve millions, neod the light
of the gospel to banish the
darkness of sin and ignoranee
from their hearts.
The Sunday School Exten
sion work has accomplished
much, but when we place its
work accomplished bv the aide
of the millions of children and
others who ought to be in the
Sunday schools, we l>egin to see
the need of Sunday school mis
During the past year the
Committee on Christian Edu
cation and Ministerial Relief
has l?cen able to send to the
faithful servants who have been
laid aside from their work the largest amount*
that have ever been given them, and vet the
amounts are so small, an average of not more
, than 60 cents a day for each family, that it is
(Continued on page 24.)

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