The American Missionary — Volume 36, No. 11, November, 1882
|This Number—The W. H. M. A.||321|
|Lady Missionaries—Lady Missionary in New Orleans||322|
|Christianization of our Country for the Sake of the World||324|
|General Notes—Africa, Indians||327|
|Livingstone Missionary Hall||328|
|Livingstone Missionary Hall (Cut)||329|
|Hygienic Department of Fisk University—Student Teaching||330|
|Permanent Temperance Work||331|
|Work in Topeka||333|
|Dr. Ladd’s Journal||334|
|Farming at Fort Berthold||340|
|Religious Interest at S’Kokomish—School at Leech Lake||341|
|Review of the Year||342|
|Letter From an Indian Boy||342|
American Missionary Association,
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President, Hon. WM. B. WASHBURN, Mass.
Rev. M. E. STRIEBY, D.D., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
H. W. HUBBARD, Esq., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
Rev. C. L. WOODWORTH, Boston. Rev. G. D. PIKE, D.D., New York.
Rev. JAMES POWELL, Chicago.
relating to the work of the Association may be addressed to theCorresponding Secretary; those relating to the collecting fields tothe District Secretaries; letters for the Editor of the “AmericanMissionary,” to Rev. G. Pike, D.D., at the New York office.
DONATIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
may be sent to H. W. Hubbard, Treasurer, 56 Reade Street, New York,or, when more convenient, to either of the Branch Offices, Rev. C.L. Woodworth. Dist. Sec., 21 Congregational House, Boston, Mass.,or Rev. James Powell, Dist. Sec., 112 West Washington Street,Chicago, Ill. A payment of thirty dollars at one time constitutes aLife Member. Letters relating to boxes and barrels of clothing maybe addressed to the persons above named.
FORM OF A BEQUEST
“I bequeath to my executor (or executors) the sum of ——dollars, in trust, to pay the same in —— days after my decease tothe person who, when the same is payable, shall act as Treasurerof the ‘American Missionary Association’ of New York City, to beapplied, under the direction of the Executive Committee of theAssociation, to its charitable uses and purposes.” The Will shouldbe attested by three witnesses.
The Annual report of the A. M. A. contains the Constitution of theAssociation and the By-laws of the Executive Committee. A copy willbe sent free on application.
American Missionary Association.
This number of the Missionary will reach our readersabout the time of the assembling of our friends at the AnnualMeeting. With the sum of $300,000 so nearly reached, with no debtupon our treasury, with a year of most successful work, with theaddition of many large, commodious and much needed buildings, andwith the dew of divine grace resting upon many of our churches andschools, we shall meet in our annual gathering with abundant causesof gratitude towards God for the past, and hope and courage foranother year. Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian life, andnone the less of missionary endeavor. We ask a place evermore inthe prayers of God’s people. At our Annual Meeting it is our customto spend a season of devotion on Tuesday afternoon in concert withall our workers in the field, who gather in their homes and schoolsand churches to lift up their voices in thanks and supplicationswith us for the blessing of God upon our work. We ask those ofour Christian friends whose eyes may rest upon this page at thathour of worship to unite with us in it; and may we not hope thatthis suggestion, though received later, may stimulate to earnestsupplication in behalf of our work?
THE WOMAN’S HOME MISSIONARY ASSOCIATION.
The arrangement for co-operation between the A. M. A. and the W. H. M. A.has ceased. A few words of explanation are proper. From anearly period of our work among the Freedmen, we have employed ladymissionaries, and found them exceedingly useful. When the W. H. M. A.was formed, we entered into co-operation with it in the hopethat a larger number of such missionaries might be sent into thefield. It was found, however, that with the office of one societyin New York and the other in Boston, it was impossible to have suchconstant consultations as to appointments, places and work as wouldavoid all misunderstandings and complications. We have, therefore,felt it our duty, though with reluctance and with all respect forthe zeal and earnest Christian purposes of the W. H. M. A., tosever our connection with it.
As we now return to our old plan of selecting the ladymissionaries, and of supporting them from our treasury, we mostearnestly solicit the aid of the noble women of our constituencywho sympathize with our endeavor to lift up the lowly of their sex,and to bring into their homes the refining and elevating influencesof the Gospel. Whether this aid shall be rendered by individualgifts or by united efforts on the part of ladies of given churchesor localities, we most cheerfully leave to their good judgmentto decide. The work we know is promising, the opportunities areabundant, and the blessings two-fold to those who give.
As we intend to increase the number of our lady missionaries inthe South, it is fitting that we explain our aim in sending themand the methods of their work. Their services are mainly in thehome with the mothers and the children. We regard the home, theschool and the church as the pivots of the Christian life, eachmost effective when working with the others. A home that is notneat, attractive and pure, cripples the efforts of the school andthe church. If a child spends six hours in a school and eighteenhours in a disorderly and immoral home, or if a man attends servicein a church on Sunday and spends all the rest of the week in thatsame home, the progress of both boy and man in the Christian lifewill be slow indeed. We aim to build up character, and if theschool, the church and the home, co-operate in harmony “accordingto the effectual working in the measure of every part,” the productwill, under God, be men and women of intelligent minds and purehearts, happy themselves, useful to their race and the nation, andornaments to the church of Christ.
LADY MISSIONARY IN NEW ORLEANS.
We have appointed Miss A. D. Gerrish as lady missionary in NewOrleans, and she entered upon her work there Oct. 1. She willdevote her energies with special reference to aiding our work inStraight University and in Central Church, in accordance withthe principles laid down in the foregoing article. There is muchbenevolent and Christian work to be done in that great city, andthe A. M. A., unable, of course, to do it all, must make choice.For the Chinamen in America, we are doing our great work on thePacific Coast, and those who float into Eastern and Southerncities seem to have been brought providentially to the doors ofthe large and wealthy local churches, whose duty and privilege itis to lead these strangers to the Saviour. As to the maintainingof orphanages, our experiment, thoroughly tried in the opening ofour work in the South, when such asylums were more needed thannow, proved to us that our broadest and best work for the coloredpeople could not be done in them. We are persuaded that a given sumof money will do more for the effectual elevation of the coloredpeople in connection with our regular work in church, school andhome than in any other way. The lady missionary, aiding to make thehome of the pupil and parishioner neat, intelligent and pure, willnot only brighten that spot, but will render the school and thechurch more effectual.
Miss Gerrish is no stranger to our work. She has been eminentlysuccessful as missionary in Topeka, Kansas, where her remarkablemusical gifts, her magnetic enthusiasm, and her earnest Christiancharacter, have won all hearts within her influence. We bespeak forher a share in the sympathies and prayers of the faithful Christianwomen of the North and West, who toil for the elevation of womenwho are depressed by poverty and ignorance.
We publish in consecutive pages in this number of theMissionary the Constitution of the A. M. A. as it nowstands, and the Proposed Constitution as it will be reported at ourAnnual Meeting for action. They will be convenient for referenceand comparison.
That missionary campaign in Central and Western New Yorkbecame a success. Meetings, of three sessions each, were heldin eighteen places: Penn Yan, (Pa.), Norwich, Walton, Utica,Antwerp, Norwood, Sandy Creek, Oswego, Elmira, Ithaca, Canandaigua,Fairport, Lockport, Homer, Binghamtom, Schenectady, Poughkeepsie.Secretary C. C. Creegan, the manager, represented the work ofthe A. H. M. S. in all the country, as well as in his own State,using his huge map of the United States. His experience as formerSuperintendent of Colorado and adjacent mountain country, fitshim well for this service, in which he is enthusiastic. Dr. L.H. Cobb, out of his ten years’ experience as Superintendent inMinnesota, and brief work in the New West as Missionary Secretaryof the A. H. M. S., was able to say, we speak what we do know inpleading for the housing of the new churches on the frontier. Healso makes a forceful appeal for helping them to parsonages as apiece of policy in the economy and efficiency of home mission work.Dr. H. C. Hayden, of the American Board, with singular felicity,earnestness and variation, poured out his soul in behalf of theoutlying regions. He, too, had maps; they were of China, Japanand Africa, and right eloquent were they in their appeals to thehead and heart through the eye. Dr. O. H. White, Secretary of theBritish Freedmen’s Aid Society, co-operative with the A. M. A., inbehalf of