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Laymen and Their Work
DEACONS OF HARMONY PRESBY TERY. A convention of the deacons of Har mony Presbytery was held at Sumter, S. C., August 16th. It was well at tended, though a few churches were not represented. Addresses were made by Rev. Thornton Whaling, D. D., Rev. W. I. Sinnott and Mr. Oliver O. Bryan, deacon of Manning church. A permanent organization was ef fected to meet annually, and the next meeting is to be held at Manning, an invitation from that church being ac cepted. Mr. Oliver O. Bryan, a dea con of that church, was elected presi dent, and Mr. George McElveen, of Kingstree, a deacon of the Williams burg church, was elected as secretary and treasurer. The budget system and Every-Member Canvass were en dorsed by the convention. A delightful dinner was served by the ladies of the Sumter church. An interesting coincident of this meeting is that Rev. W. H. Workman acted as temporary chairman, and the young deacons selected to bear office were both, when children, sons of elders in the churches of which he was pastor in their childhood. Many times did they run to their father's gate to wel come him in his pastoral visits. May the Lord bless them in this new field of labor in their efTort to direct and enthuse their co-laborers. W. H. Workman. A WONDERFUL TRANSFORMATION IN CHINA. By Wilbur S. Shires. The earnest appeal of Mr. Lowry Davis for a young man to coach ath letics and teach English In Kashing High School, published in "The Pres byterian of the South" of August 17th, should surely stir the heart of some young man who desires to do something for Christ. I believe that there are several young men, college graduates or now attending college, any one of whom could profitably spend the coming two or three years in Kashing. I believe that there are several young men who would go if the reader of this appeal ? each read er individually ? will take it upon himself or herself to pray earnestly and also help answer the prayer by bringing this need to the attention of some consecrated young man. I left at this time of need only because it was positively necessary on account of my mother's health and of my de sire to complete my college work in preparation to return to Kashing about four years from now. A bright, lovable boy was brought to Kashing High School one Septem ber day by his father, an old official of the monarchy. This boy entered the freshman class, and attended throughout the year the required Bible classes and Sunday church ser vices, but went home at the end of the year without ever showing any interest in the Christian religion. An other year of schooling was gained, and still he had not yet even serious ly thought of becoming a Christian. His family was a proud* old official family, and he, with his people, looked on Christianity as a "foreigner's re ligion." One day the principal of the school came to this boy, and placing a hand on hfs shoulder, said, "Don't you think you should become an in quirer?" This, to the heathen boy, was like a thunderbolt out of a clear, blue tky. He dropped his eyes to the ground and shifted from one foot to another in embarrassment, per plexed about what he should do. A Chinese boy. it must be remembered, respects and honors his teacher just as his parents; and a request or a suggestion of a teacher is like a com mand ? it should be obeyed. (Of course, the principal did not think of this fact at the time.) So the boy managed, with difficulty, to assent to this proposal that he enter an inquir ers' class with a view to becoming a Christian. Now, he took more inter est in the Bible classes which he was required to attend each week, and seriously considered the doctrines and tried to comprehend the meaning of Christianity. Loving teachers and friends prayed earnestly for him, and patiently explained things about the gospel of Christ which were hard for a Chinese boy to understand. Now, the values of compulsory Bible classes began to be realized in this boy's life, for his Bible training had im pressed on his mind the fundamental things of the Christian faith, such as Christ's atonement for sin, made ef fective for each sinner by faith in Christ, the Bible the infallible word of God, prayer the secret of the Chris tian's strength and usefulness, and other similar truths of the gospel The prayers of his Christian friends and teachers began to be answered by the loving God, "Who is not willing that any should perish," and this boy one day wrote the following letter home to his heathen father (who, be it remembered, knew nothing whatso ever about the Christian faith): "Week before last I tried to pass the examination before the session, because I have decided to be a Chris tian. I trust Christ all what I have. I also believe my Lord can help me anything 1 need. I hope He can lead me on step by step, until I am very near to Him, and become His loving servant, then my will is satisfied. I think this must be happy for you to know, because I am your son, and your son is so fortunate that God has entered his heart." (Of course, the letter was written in Chinese. This is a translation, made by Yah himself, into English.) This Chinese boy's story is too long to be recorded here in full, but the main points of the subsequent events of his life show eloquently w.hat Christ does for some of the Chinese families. This boy of a proud family lived such a life of Christ-like ser vice and earnest devotion in his home that his father became interested. Yah's father had three wives (it be ing the custom in China to have as many wives as one can afford), never theless he provided for the material needs of his surplus wives and put them away, keeping his one true wife, who with him became a Chris tian. One by one the children of the family (several talented sons and beautiful daughters) were added to the Christian Church and all became members of the South Gate Presbyte rian church in Hashing. The last member of the family, an older son who had been away from home for years, visited at home and gave him self to Christ this year. The follow ing letter, written as an essay in Kashing High School by Yah's broth er last year, gives an Idea of the transformed home, as It is since Christ came and knocked and the door was opened unto Him: "It was our happiest day. the 12th of February, every student smiled and sang wherever he went and danced on the floor of every empty room. The school was greatly disordered be cause our hard examinations were over, and we were so happy that we had no time to think about our school rules. "When I returned home I saw only my mother and brother. Yah; but af ter a few days my father and two sisters came back from his business and their schools, and were all happy and healthy. At night we gathered together in our parents' room and re ported the interested things which had happened in onr schools or told some interesting stories which we had read from our English books. Some times we went to our beds very late. "According to our Chinese custom, we should prepare enough food for the New Year, so we were very busy in those days, especially my mother' and my sisters, for they should cook everything all right. "As we are now under the influ ence of our Lord Jesus Christ, we understand that everything is given by God, and we believe that we have heen blessed during the whole year. So the last night of the old year we sat around the table and thanked God. We spent about two hours for pray ing, singing and reading the Bible. We have had such a meeting twice since we have received Christ, and I hope we will have it forever." (This essay was written in English by the brother of Yah.) This is only one of many illustra tions which might be given of Chinese homes transformed into genuine Christian homes where Christ warms the hearts and brings peace, joy and new life such as He alone can give ? through the agency, under God, ol Hashing High School. 'Doesn't some young man desire strongly a part in this most glorious and useful of all services, the trans forming of heathen homes into pal aces of Christian kindliness and cra dles of great men who shall in the coming years lead China into her place of power and usefulness as a Christian nation? Can you imagine a greater challenge? Can Christ excuse you, if you can go and yet love home and friends and benefits of civiliza tion more than you love Him? Go and give some of what God has given you to the Chinese people. They need it. Individual salvation in China, as in all countries, must precede all sound and substantial social better ment; and no agency is doing so much for this as the Christian schools in China, who have such genuine Chris tian heads as Mr. Lowry Davis. It interested in learning more about go ing for two or three years to Hash ing, China, write Dr. Chester at Nash ville to-day. WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT? By Rev. S. Waters McGill, Nashville, Tenn. Tn inaugurating finaneial campaigns in local fields for the work of Chris tian Education, every now and then some local Christian leader says, "Wd don't believe you can do it." In re sponse to this, the campaign workers can only say, "Neither do we." The truth of it is, it is not the business of the visiting campaign workers to "put it over." The responsibility for this important work of the Church does not belong primarily to the rep resentatives of the Executive Commit tee of Christian Education. This is the work of the Southern Presbyte rian Church. It is an effort to save the educational institutions of our be loved Church. The movement has the endorsement of the General Assem bly. It has the approval of Synod and of Presbyteries. It is now up to the local churches as to whether or not they will do what everybody agrees must be done if we are to re gain our position of service in the work of Christsian Education. That we do not now occupy the position of educational leadership that we once had is a matter of common Knowl edge. That this condition iTlust and can be remedied is a matter of faith and religious zeal. The campaign workers representing the General As sembly's Committee ofc Christian Kd ucation are trained and capable Chris tian leaders ? ministers and laymen. They have a plan that has worked in other places. It will work wherever it is faithfully tried. It will not work where the local leaders assume the position of on-lookers. the Presbyterian leaders of the local com munity have their doubtfe about the ultimate success of the undertaking; if local responsibility is shifted to the shoulders of visiting brethren, and an "I dare you to do it" attitude as sumed, failure will result. This is our task ? the task of our Church. If the local community fails, it will not be the failure of the Assembly's com mittee nor of Synod or Presbytery, nor of the educational Institutions concerned. Failure, which ought not to be even contemplated, will belong to us all alike. The responsibility is being placed upon the local Presbyte rian churches where it properly be longs. In the city of Memphis, when Presbyterians undertook to secure $500,000 for Christian Education in six days, there were some wise ones who said, "It can't be done." It was even said that Memphis never had raised a half-million for Christian Ed ucation, and that Memphis never would, because Memphis was not that kind of a town. With united faith and zeal on the part o( Presbyterians in Memphis, $600,000 was offered to our Church for Christian Education. In Columbia, S. C., with a run on the bank of which our chairman was president two weeks before the cam paign began, many said, "It can't be done." An effort was made to call the campaign off. But the faithful few with faith and zeal carried on the campaign, and $203,000 was sub scribed in five days. In Lynchburg the failure of a great commercial en terprise, of which a Presbyterian el der was president, came just prior to the campaign. This commercial crash crippled many Presbyterian people. But the campaign continued with faith and zeal, and $76,000 was sub scribed in five days. It can be done! But it can only be done where local leaders recognize their share of the responsibility and in full co-operation with the representatives of the As sembly's Committee with careful plan ning, publicity, prayer and push pro ceed to do the thing that can't be done and do it. HOW BIIID8 HKLP US. Birds do an immense amount of drudgery for man, if they do now and then reward themselves by a dainty tidbit of ripening fruit. A pair of robins have been watched while they carried a thousand earthworms to their brood. Woodpeckers destroy eggs and larvae which would develop millions of destructive creatures in forests and orchards; and one of the most inevitable foes of the canker worm is the beautiful oriole, were it but allowed to live and hang its swing ing cradle to the elm. For every wing of black and orange on a young girl's hat an apple tree is stripped of leaves and young fruit, or an elm is denuded of its graceful foliage by the canker worm. ? Farm Journal.