BAPTIST UNION CON
Thursday was foreign mission day in connection with the annual meetings of the Baptist Union and Furreedpore Mission. At the morning session Mr. J. E. Morphett (mission president) occupied the chair, and there was a large gathering, including many
The Chairman heartily welcomed Miss Gilbert and Miss Ings. Baptist missionaries from India. He said Mis Lags had gone to India 15 years ago as a representativa of New Zealand, her native country, but for the last five years she had been repre- senting South Australia. Miss Gilbert. who had been in India for about 29 years, had the honor of being one of the first Aus- tralian missionaries on the field.
Misses lngs nnd Gilbert briefly responded i lo the welcome, and epoke in an optimistic manner of the work being accomplished.
The Fnrreedpore Mission. j The Rev. A. H. Collins (hon. secretary) presented the annual report of the com- mittee of the Furreedpore Missionary So- ciety. It stated that since their return
to the scene of their new" work at Orakandi j Dr. und Mrs. Mead had been busily cn- ' gaged in organising duties and in. the ereo, tion of new buildings. A small church had been formed on the new field, including eight Bengali Christian*,. The inu-ion high school had been affiliated with the Calcutta University. There were 250 bovs on ths toll. There were also an infant' school, a dispensary, and a preaching hall. It was largely due to the splendid work of Miss .Tuck during Dr. Mead's absence that the mission station at Orakandi was in such an advanced stage of preparation. The Rev. P. J. Clarke, B.A.. had successfully passed his final examination. He was mar- ried to Miss Marsh in December last, and had taken up his residence at Faridpur. to which station the boys' school and weav- ing-sheds at Pubna "had been removed. Nurse Thompson had devoted herself to work amongst the widows at Orakandi. The Rev. William Goldsack, in addition to preaching and teaching, had successfully ne gotiaated the purchase of land at Pubna for the erection of the new zenana house, and after many vexatious delays the substan- tial structure was nearing completion. It was probable that at the end of his ap-
proaching furlough Mr. Goldsack would transfer his services to the Baptist Mis- sionary Society of Great Britain. Miss Bar- ker had generously offered to remain at Pubna with Miss Arnold until February next» and the committee had thankfully ac- cepted this offer of voluntary service. Act- ing on medical advice, Miss lngs re'uetantly 'left Tndia earlier than was expected anil ¡reached South Australia on August 26. Miss Gilbert would act as a deputation to the churches, and after visiting the* city churches she would make an extended itinerary in the north. The report and the balance-sheet, which showed a ¡-mall amount on the credit side, were iidopted. Officers elected:-President. Mr. J. E. Mor- phett; vice-president. Rev. E. H. Kentish; general secretary, Rev. A. TI. Collins;, trea- surer, Mr. A. S. Neill; assistant secretary, Mr. W. T- Rowe; organising secretary, Rev. E. TI. Kentish; minute secretary, Mr. F. R. E. Haselgrove.
Missionary Study C-rclcs.
At the afternoon session Miss G. E. Collins delivered an address on "Mission- ary study circles.*' She said the inaugura- tion of that branch, of mission work marked an important step in church enterprise, and present conditions, the changes in the East, and the new world consciences all de- manded that the church should set itself, as it never did before, to obtain a better understanding of the importance of its task. She asked why a missionary study circle could not be formed in one Baptist Union in South Australia, with a view to starting ntudv circles.
The Rev. È. S._ Tuckwell moved-"That this assembly, being impressed with the great importance of a careful and syste- matic study of missionary problems, de- sires to warmly commend to the churches the urgent need for the formation of mis- sionary study areli-, and asks the hearty co-operation of ministers and Sunday-school superintendents to this end.''
.The Rey. Frisby Smith seconded the mo- tion, which was carried.
The Rev. J. G. Raws -aid that the com- mittee 12 months ago had requested Miss Collins to undertake the oversight of mis- sionary study circles in the church, and ho moved that Miss Collins be again requested to carry on the work.
Mr. Stow Smith seconded the motion, which was carried.- ,
Laymen's Missionary Movement.
Mr. H. A. Wheeler (secretary of the Adelaide Y.M.CA.) delivered an address on the "Laymen's missionary movement." Ile said he was pleased to find that in South Australia the Baptist Church led nil others in foreign mission interest. That had been largely due to the action of the women ana Sunday scholars of the church, and he suggested that a general committee of laymen representative of all .the eWurches of the denomination in the ¿State be formed, with the addition of seve- ral ministers. That committee would be able to form a committee' of men in each church, whose duty it would be to foster, b/ education, an increased missionary in- terest among all the men of the different
j The Rev. (t. Hogben said the general
committee of the union liad forwarded the following resolution for adoption or other- wise:-"That the joint committee of the union and the Furreedpore Mission be em- powered to appoint a laymen's missionary committee and a secretary." He moved that the motion be adopted. Carrü-d.
Greetings from Western Australia.
1 The Chairman (Mr. J. E. Morphett)
stated that a telegram had been received from the Baptist Union in Western Aus- tralia extending the heartiest congratula- tions and best wishes of that union for a successful year.
j Women's Missionary Session.
On Thursday afternoon the annual meet ! ing of the Women's. Missionary Union wus j hera in the lecture-hall. There was a large' I attendance. Miss Woodroffe (retiring pre 'sident) said that owing to ill-health Mrs. R. J. Lavis vrpuld be unable to accept the president's chair during the present year, although she had been appointed a6 vice president 12 months ago. ft had been ar- ranged that Mrs. J. G. Raws should act as president during, the coming year, and that Mr?» Lavis should again be appointed , vice-president, in the. hope that she" would | be able to accept the chair at the end of 1 the year. It was decided that a- letter ot
sympathy be forwarded to Mrs. Lavis.
j Mrs. Raws, who presided, read a letter ; of congnitulation'from Mrs. Mead, in India. I Mrs. G. W. Cooper (secretary) read the
first animal report of the union, the object , of which is to interest Baptist women in
foreign mission work. Branches of the union had been formed during the year at Gumeracha, Petersburg. Magill, Goodwood, Richmond, Unley Park, Hindmarsh. OiToroo, the Grange. Mannum, Gawler, Alberton. Stepney, Semaphoic, Kapunda, Laura, Knightsbridge,- Saddleworth, Clare, Norwood, Parkside, and Jamestown. The report was adopted.
Miss Ellie Mellor, on behalf of the birth- day band,, reported that there had been a falling off in the contributions, which , amounted to £55, as compared with £3!) in I the previous vear.
| Mrs. A. S. Neill submitted the financial
statement, snowing that £27 had been for- warded to India to provide prizes in the I Sunday-schools there at last Christmas. | Donations and gifts for next Christmas
should be sent in by September 30.
Officers elected:-Secretary, Mrs. G. W. Cooper: treasurer, Mrs. A. S. Neill: execu- tive, Mrs. A. H. Collins (agenC for mis- sionary literature), Mrs. J. G. Raws (Indian work), Mrs. Neill and Miss Prince (Christmas box), and Miss Mellor (super- intendent of the birthday band).
Miss L. Ings, who has spent five years on the mission fields at Pabna, India, and is now on furlough in South Australia, de- livered a brief address on the work in
Mrs. Goldsack (wife of the Rev. W. Goldsack, of Pabna, gave an account of the difficulties encountered in mission work.
Miss F. Hunter contributed the solo, "Take up thy cross."
, Miss Gilbert, who was one of the first South Australian workers to go to_ Zenana. India, was attired in Indian drew? in giving an address on foreign mission work"-in India. She said, there was a lot of work yet to be done, as there was a huge popu- lation in India.
Missionary Demonstration. .
In the evening the- Flinders-street Church ' was filled, when a missionary demonstra- tion was held. The President (Mr. J. E. Morphett) occupied the chair, and commended the claims of foreign missions to. the notice of those present. A Scripture lesson was read by the Rev. E. S. Tuckwell. B.A. The Chair- man, on behalf of the- birthday band, pre- sented- the missionary banner to the Min- laton, Tarlee, and Orroroo Sunday-schools in recognition of their efforts for foreign .miserions during the year. It will be held by each school for four months.
The Rev. W. J. Eddy, of Victoria, de ttvered an address oa mission work. Ha
said a change was passing over the Eastern nations, and there waa the need foy Chris- tianising the yellow races lest they about drift into materialism. Formerly there waa a clear distinction drawn between _ homo and foreign" missions, but thnt' distinction' was disappearing. The church was now coming to sec that missions were no longer a side . issue, but her chief business. One reason why they should KUp ?ort foreign missions vyas ,in , order that their own Christianity might be. enriched by the Eastern mind. At present the Baptist Church was Bcekiti'i to reach the low caste people of India, anti he believed that was a step in the right: direction'. There was no reason to be pessi- mistic. They were living in times that filled them with fervor and hope. Greater things were now happening in Korea to-day, through the advent of the missionary thau happened in the first century of the Chris- tian era. Everything depended on how the church rose to the occasion, and he urgcl them to push, on with the work» (A¡> plausc.)
Tin: Alberton Church' choir, under tha leadership of Mr. J. Williams, contributoii
the anthem, "How lovely are the messen-, gem." Mr. A. H. Be'l, B.A., presided ac the_ organ. An interesting dialogue by¡ ladies and gentlemen in Indian charucteM was given hy the following:-Unconverted Moslem, Mr. A. li. Bell. MA.; converted Moslem. Mr. W. J Beasley; Indian-bride, Miss Winnie Roome; Indinn widow. Misa Phyllis Rule; unconverted Brahmin. Mrs.
Whittle; converted Hindu outcast, Mr. A,1" Hosking.