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(Continued from page 6.) ability to play the organ already there, would be welcomed tor perma nent work. Day school, Sunday school, prayer meetings, visiting con tinue. The workers are living in the cramped roof-tree of a two-room log house. They reach their apartment by a ladder through an opening in their floor, and there is not even u trap door to shut down and insure a measure of privacy. Their hosts, a family of four, are kind as can be, but their over-burdened hostess will have her cares lightened when they have their own home. To those whose interest, so warmly and generously expressed, has given such encouragement, comes again the request for their prayers, that tho plan of the house may be guided and the building brought to a comfortable completion. Communications as to materials or other gifts should be addressed to the treasurer of the fund, Mrs. Jolm Rus sell Sampson, 615 Brook Road, Gin ter Park, Richmond, Va. AN APPEAL. Nurses, Read This. By Mrs. J. AV. Bradley. Mrs, Winsborough asked us to write to tho young people who are thinking of coming to the foreign field and tell them anything that it would be well for them to know be fore coming to the work. Well, at forty-five I am having to study nursing, so that seems to be an essential. It surely is not amiss in any place to know something of the care of the sick and the use ol the simpler medicines. I tell you the responsibility is colossal. When, add ed to other things, one has to see that sixty-five beds in the hospital have sheets enough to change even on a big day when there are five major operations, and that the new. lovely thick robing cloth sent by the Red Cross is made up into covers for the cold days, and that the new girl in training for a nurse cleans the patients' rooms, washes their faces and keeps the waiting-room and clinic-room in order ? well, it takes a little time, and what is more worry ing, thought, * when one wants to be thinking about other things. Well, I just gave up and stopped thinking about that old lady I want ed to go and talk to and help her to think of the kingdom to come, and the group of five bright village girls waiting for me to keep up their Biblo study, and the little children whoso homes were on the visiting list and whom (if I didn't go) no one would Shall Christ or Mohammed Have Africa? || c \ " </ u v v THE STRONGEST LINE OF MOHAMMEDAN ADVANCE IN THE WORLD ? ? CENTERS OF MOHAMMEDAN PENETRATION Population wholly or predominately Mohammedan Considerable part of population Mohammedan ARROWS INDICATE MOST AGGRESSIVE MOHAMMEDAN ADVANCE Africa is a mighty continent. There are almost 150,000.000 people there, and they are black not only in tne color of their skin, but black in the awfulness of their hopelessness and despair. In the heart of Africa they don't know a word for hope. Death is the end of everything for them. Of the population of Africa 40,000, 000 are Moslems, that is, the upper one-third. The lower part of Africa is white. In that section there live about 10,000,000 nominal Christians. The 80,000,000 living in the middle of the continent constitute the pagan part of Africa. But how are we answering this call for the gospel message in these sections of Central Africa? From the Congo River north to Morocco it is 2,200 miles, and from the Nile River to the coast countries on the west of Africa It is 1,500 miles, and in that whole region there is not one single missionary of any Church ? not one! There are thirty-five distinct and in dependent nations of people, with a total population of more than 60,000. 000 in the heart of Africa, waiting for the message of our Christ, wait ing in hopelessness and despair, wait ing in ignorance and savagery, wait ing to know that there is a Saviour, waiting to see for the first time the face of a missionary, waiting to hear for the first time from human lips the name Jesus. How long shall they wait? Mohammedanism is the most aggressive missionary force at work in Africa to-day. The vast hordes of Moslems of the north are sweeping southward with rapid strides, reach ing many of the natives with their false religion. It is far easier to win heathen to Christ than to win thoge who have become the followers of Mohammed. An examination of this map will show how Mohammedan influence i.; spreading. Our mission is just in the line of advance. The great river shown emptying into the ocean on the west coast is the Congo. If wo can strengthen our mission sufficient ly to win all that country for Christ, we will not only save its inhabitants, but we will also protect those to the south from the onrushing tide unti! Christian missionaries can be sent to them. Africa will be Mohammedan in tho next few years unless the Church of Jesus Christ shall get there first, and wo can if we will. To-day Africa i.i standine with outstretched arms, lit erally, actually begging. To-morrow those eager, waiting arms begging us to come will be the hating, opposing Mohammedan arms. Shall we take Africa now for the asking, or shall we fight for it to-morrow? We shall have to answer that. teach to read or understand, and the Bible school that I wanted so much to keep up, and get to work on the new phase. It is doing me good, for I am learning lots of things and lota of sympathy for the poor, suffering things and getting acquainted with those who will never have another opportunity to hear and learn of the Saviour, and doing more teaching in the hospital (I always did snnie), and trying to follow up those who come, and it pays. What an opportunity some one is missing. If the nurses only knew the great field waiting for them, and the va riety o! most helpful work ready at their hand for them to do, and which they should be doing instead of my poor, inefficient, unprepared self. As I went to visit an ex-patient who lives about a mile from town this morning I stopped in the chapel and gave a music lesson on the organ to a young man who is so anxious to learn that he bought a book and is trying to learn by himself, with a little help from me. I am no pianist and can only play hymns, but it is up to me to teach him and my own children, so there you are again. Do know something about music before you come. After chapel service this morning I called two of the young men who lead the singing and showed them where they were singing the notes flat. So be sure you know how to sing, if possible, for you will have constant use for that talent, and it is so hard to feel that one knows so lit tle as I do. To tell you the truth, this is the place of all places for the exercise of any talent you have, little or big, few or many, and it is wonderful how many things one can do when they are pushed to the fact that if they don't do it, it is undone. Glance in a good barber shop as you go by or take a child to be bar bered, for I tell you it is mighty handy to know how when the barber ing all depends on you; also have your eyes open when the dentist puts in filling. I have had to patch up a tooth till the dentist could get at it. But what one wants most of all is a thorough working knowledge of the Bible. Whether evangelist, nurse or wife, don't come out without a good Bible training. Our own Richmond Training School Is available to all our girls. We were all inspired by the visit of Mrs. Winsborough and Miss Camp bell, and they go back with a message tn r.ur women and girls which I am sure will, with the power of God, reach the heart of many and cause them to say, "Here am I; send me to this field of such vast opportunity." After the seeing of patients and the daily washing of in-patients, I talked to an old woman who is anxious to believe and wants to learn; to the wife of a soldier who lives in town; to a woman and little boy who aro so shy and hard to reach with a mes sage and the son who can read and who can find it for himself if he will; to a .woman whose little girl is such a wild little thing it has been impos s'ble to talk to the mother. Now she is well, and I had the opportunity of trving to tell her something that will cn use her to worship God, believe in .Te?uis Christ, of Whom she had never heard, and trust in Him to forgive sin. ** Sutsien, China. TRUST. Just as God leads, I onward go, Oft amid thorns and briers seen; Qod does not yet His guidance show. Rut In the end it shall be seen How by a loving Father's will, Faithful a d true, leads me sttU.