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our missionaries will probably be able
to take their vacation at Victoria
Kalis or Johannesburg or anywhere
in South Africa that they wish
But what a fearful problem is now
before us. Every time I hear of the
progress of civilization in th's coun.
try I pray that God might hasten the
Church's progress to cope with the
problems involved. Already tho in
fluence at these copper mines is such
as to destroy the morals of hundreds
of the native employees. Cape beer
and whiskey are sold them, whereas
they cannot obtain intoxicants, t*?at
is, foreign intoxicants, in Belgian
Congo. Truly Zion must haste to ful
fill her high mission. And you friends
in the home land, count yourselves
as a part of this Zion that must needs
overtake the powers of Satan in
Congo. Our missionary force is a
mere handful to cope with the prob
lem; we must have help at once. A
blow now will probably save the work
of years to come.
Mutoto, Congo.
By Rev. Egbert W. Smith, D. D.
"I wouldnt' change this job for any
job on earth," wrote a medical mis
sionary. "If men at home only knew
its joys the Board would be overrun
with applications."
A generation or two ago the
thought of women doctors had not
entered men's minds. But when the
idea was presented of a lady mission
ary who should know something oi
medical science and practice, Alexan
der Duff, the great Scotch missionary,
exclaimed, "Would to God we had
such an agency ready for work!"
Our heavenly Father had but one
Son, and He served on earth as a
medical missionary. Our Southern
Presbyterian Committee is in desper
ate need just now of men and women
doctors and trained nurses. Who will
hear tho call?
In China 99 per cent, of all who
are taken sick are entirely without
competent medical attention.
In one of our mission hospitals 1
saw a girl of sixteen with a fright
fully swollen jaw. It was caused by
the native doctor's piercing it with a
big flat needle five inches long to
drive out the demon that had made
the tooth to ache. The needle being
the same with which he had been
piercing all manner of tumors and
ulcers, of course infected the jaw,
causing extreme agony, and resulting
in necrosis of the jaw-bone, a consid
erable part of which our doctor told
me he would have to remove.
In the same hospital I found a
young man suffering tortures with his
leg which the heathen doctor had
pierced to expel the demon, and from
which our doctor was preparing to
remove several inches of dead bone.
This piercing is the common medi
cal practice in Korea and China, and
these two patients represent millions
that at this hour are being equally
tortured and maimed and many of
them killed ? poor victims of heathen
The heathen modes of treating va
rious common female troubles are
frightful and agonizing beyond expres
In our fifteen mission hospital plants
over 100,000 are treated every year,
to all of whom the gospel is lovingly
preached and the knowledge of it car
ried into thousands of villages by
healed and grateful patir~'.3.
This is peace; man's life moving
in God's life is frictionle.ss commu
nion. ? J. H. Jowett.
April 25. 1920. Ruth j
Golden Text: Thy people shall bo
iny people, and thy God my God ?
Ruth 1:16.
Devot ional Itcadin);: Ps. 91
Additional Material for Teachers:
Ruth 2:1-4:22.
I'rimary Topic: The Story of Ruth.
I wesson Material: Ruth 1 and 2.
Memory Verse: Let us love one
another: for love is of God. ? 1 John
Junior Topic: Ruth and Naomi.
Lesson Material: Ruth 1:1-22
Memory Verse: Ruth 1:16.
Intermediate and Senior Topic:
Life Decisions.
Topic for Young People and Adults:
The Power of Personal Influence.
Additional Material: Matt. 5:13
16; 2 Cor. 3:2, 3.
Of all the books of all languages,
there is none that has more interest
ing stories than the Bible. If the
Rook of Ruth had been written by
some uninspired writer, and had
never been known as a part of the
Bible, it would be heralded abroad as
one of the most beautiful of idyllic
stories of romance and love.
We are so familiar with this story
that we do not stop to think of the
beauty of ihe story, nor of the won
derful truths contained in it.
El:melech and Naomi, with their
two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, lived
in Bethlehem. A great famine came
upon the land, and Elimelech took
his family to the rich land of Moab.
There the sons married Moabite
women. In ten years the father ano
the two sons had all died.
Naomi, the widow, determined to
return to her own country. The two
daughters-in-law accompanied her as
she started on her journey, as it was
he custom in those days for friends
to go with a traveler on the first
Part of his journey. When they had
gone some distance they stopped to
say farewell. Orpah kissed her moth
er-in-law and turned back. Wher
she suggested to Ruth that she too
should return, Ruth uttered that most
wonderful plea to be allowed to go
with her. She showed a wonderful
devotion to her mother-in-law, which
was very unusual in those days. Be
cause of love for her Ruth was will
ing to sacrifice everything that w-ts
dear to her? family, friends, countrv
religion. Her love bound her as with
bands of steel to Naomi.
When they reached Bethlehem the
people were greatly surprised. It may
ave been at Naomi's appearance. Brt
t seems that there was no one there
to give them any help, it was the
beginning of the barley harvest when
they reached Bethlehem, and in or
(ler to provide something to eat for
her mother-in-law and herself, Rn?h
went out early into the harvest field
to glean the heads of barley that
might be left by the reapers, as was
regularly done by poor people
The field to which she went be
longed to Boaz, a rich man. He wa?
a kinsman of Elimelech. though Ruth
rtid not know this apparently. When
Boaz saw her he was struck with her
appearance and manner, and showed
her great k'ndness, providing for her
comfort and telling the reapers to
drop heads of grain, so that she might
nd more than she would otherwise.
in this he showed a delicacy of feel
ing that could hardly have been ex
pected. it would have seemed more
natural for him just to have given
her some grain. But he realized that
she would rather work for what she
When she returned home Naomi
was surprised that she had gleaned
so much, and asked her where she
had been. When Ruth told her that
she had been in the field of Boaz,
Naomi told her that he was kin to
her husband.
According to the law of that day,
if a man died leaving a widow it w^s
the duty of the nearest of kin to
marry her. Acting under this cus
tom, Naomi planned for Ruth to pre
sent her claims to Boaz. Such a pro
ceeding would seem to be very m?.ch
out of place to-day, but Ruth only
did what, according to law and cus
tom, she was entirely justified in do
Boaz told her that there was an
other man who was nearer kin to her
husband than he was, and that he
had the first right to marry her, if
he desired to do so; but he said that
if the other did not claim his right,
he would marry her. The other man
waived his right and Boaz married
her. Of this marriage there was born
a son, who was the grandfather of
David, and so Ruth, the Moabit^ss,
became the earthly ancestor of Josus,
the Saviour of the world, two of
whose ancestresses were not Israel
ites. Who was the other?
By Rev. Wesley Baker.
The School of Methods, conducted
for the benefit of the Methodist and
Presbyterian Sunday schools of Rich
mond, was an unqualified success. Be
sides the splendid spirit of fraternity
which pervaded all the meetings,
there was real study done by the stu
dents of the various classes. As an
nounced at the very beginning, this
was a school, and the benefits received
were literally measured by the faith
fulness with which the students did
the work required.
Of the number who turned in reg
istration cards, 113 were Presbyte
rians, eighty-six of whom were pres
ent six or more times, and forty-five
of these passed the examination and
received credit on one unit of the
Third Year Specialization Course.
This will count toward diploma rec
ognition which will be given by the
Presbyterian Committee of Publica
tion at the conclusion of the Thin?
Year Teacher Training Course.
The number of those who received
credit and their respective schools are
as follows: Westminster, 10; Over
brook, 6; Porter Street, 5; Reade Me
morial, 5; Roseneath, 4; Third, 3;
First, 3; Second, 3; Grace-Covenant,
2; Montrose, 2; Ginter Park, 1;
Union Theological Seminary, 1. To
tal, 45.
A junior society of Christian En
deavor is one of the most interesting
features of the miss'on work at Pet
chaburi, Siam. It is not Siamese cus
tom for boys and girls to meet to
gether, so the boys hold their meet
ings at one school and the girls at
another. The young folks range in
age from ten to fifteen years, and are
most earnest in their desire to be
real "Endeavorers." Some of the boys
have already pledged themselves to
Christian work, and others have been
baptized and have made public pro
fession of their fa'th. But some of
the lads come from heathen homes
and have not yet received permission
from their parents to receive baptism.
Meanwhile they are trying to live
Christian lives until the day when
they can persuade their families to
let them join formally w!th their
frends in the worship they have come
to love.
M., Apr. 19. Law* apainst infection. Lev. 13:1-3
45. 40.
T., Apr. 20. Principle of holiness. _ 2 Cor. 7:1.
W , Apr. 21. Of mutual responsibility. Gen. 4:0.
T., Apr. 22. Of community healing. Kick. 47 1
5. 9.
F., Apr. 23. Of human helpfulness. John 5:1-9.
S? Apr. 24. Of happiness. Prov. 10:24.
S? Apr. 25. Topic ? Christian Princijlrs in Per
sonal and Public Health. 1 Cor.
0:19. 20.
Laws Against Infection: In giving
the laws regarding health God weiu
upon the principle that no man liveth
to himself. It is the duty of every
one having any disease to use every
effort to prevent his giving it to any
one else. If one, through careless
ness or indifference, gives a disease
to another and he dies of it, the one
from whom he took the disease is re
sponsible for his death. It is now a
well established fact that almost every
form of d sease or sickness is trans
mitted one person to another. Care
ful effort should be made to learn
what is necessary to keep from trans
mitting disease to another.
Principle of Holiness: In this pas
sage Paul connects very closely the
condition of the body and the soul
We can hardly see how any one can
have a clean soul and not keep nis
body clean, especially if he realizes
that many forms of disease come
from uncleanness of body or of life.
Of Mutual Responsibility: As has
been shown above, we are responsible
for the health of others as well as
for our own. We have no right to
expose others to any sickness or dis
ease that we have, if we can avoid
it. Much sickness is spread by not.
using proper precaution to prevent its
spread. If one has yellow fever, it
is his duty to have himself so well
screened in that no mosquito can
reach h'.m during his sickness. The
mosquito may not hurt him, but he
will carry the disease to others. If
you are uncertain as to what pre
cautions to take in any case, consult
your physician and carry out careful
ly his instructions. Otherwise you
may be guilty of the injury of death
of your brother, Just as really as Cain
Of Community Healing: The influ
ences which go forth from the house
of God, as refreshing life glvlnf
streams, will bring cleansing to a
community. A young man, who was
an insurance agent, professed not to
believe in God or religion or the
Church. The man to whom he was
talking said, "If there were no
churches in this town and there was
none of the influences of the churches
left among the people, at what rat"
would you insure my house?" With
out hesitation he replied, "I wouM
not insure it at any rate. This town
would not be fit to live in and noth
ing in it would be safe." The Church
is the best investment in any com
munity, even from a business star. :
point, and it certa nly is from rx spirt -
ual standpoint.
Of Human Helpfulness: Many il
man or woman or child lies sick a> 1
helpless from lack of the help of
friend. Sometimes this help is wit I
held when the withholding is
realized. The mother who does n "
learn what is needed to keep her
well, or allows it to do what she
knows will 'njure its health, is fail
ing to give the help that she ou?,''t
to give. The employer may be re
sponsible for failure to provi'l -
proper conditions in which his em
ployees may work.
Of Happiness: "Laugh and K'"
fat," is a famiiar saying. Tnere i*
a great deal more conL?sctlon betwe< "
health and happiness than we soir<"

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