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 Miss Ings had gone to India 15 years ago as a representative 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 to the welcome, and spoke in an optimistic manner of the work being accomplished.
The Furreedpore Mission. 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 Dr. and Mrs. Mead had been busily en- gaged in organising duties and in the erec- tion of new buildings. A small church had been formed on the new field, including eight Bengali Christians. The mission high school had been affiliated with the Calcutta University. There were 250 boys on the roll. 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- gotiated 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 reluctantly left India earlier than was expected and 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 small amount on the credit side, were adopted. 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 Circlcs.
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 study 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 circles, and asks the hearty co-operation of ministers and Sunday-school superintendents to this end.''
The Rev. Frisby Smith seconded the mo- tion, which was carried.
The Rev. J. G. Raws said 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." He said he was pleased to find that in South Australia the Baptist Church led all others in foreign mission interest. That had been largely due to the action of the women and Sunday scholars of the church, and he suggested that a general committee of laymen representative of all the churches 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, by education, an increased missionary in- terest among all the men of the different
The Rev. G. Hogben said the general
committee of the union had 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. Carried.
Greetings from Western Australia.
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.
Women's Missionary Session.
On Thursday afternoon the annual meet- ing of the Women's Missionary Union was held in the lecture-hall. There was a large attendance. Miss Woodroffe (retiring pre- 'ident) said that owing to ill-health Mrs. R. J. Lavis would be unable to accept the president's chair during the present year, although she had been appointed a6svice president 12 months ago. It had been ar- ranged that Mrs. J. G. Raws should act as president during the coming year, and that Mrs. Lavis should again be appointed vice-president, in the hope that she would be able to accept the chair at the end of the year. It was decided that a letter of
sympathy be forwarded to Mrs. Lavis.
Mrs. Raws, who presided, read a letter of congratulation from Mrs. Mead, in India. Mrs. G. W. Cooper (secretary) read the
first annual 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, Orroroo, the Grange, Mannum, Gawler, Alberton, Stepney, Semaphore, 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 £59 in the previous year.
Mrs. A. S. Neill submitted the financial
statement, showing that £27 had been for- warded to India to provide prizes in the 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 (agent 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 dress 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.
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 missions during the year. It will be held by each school for four months.
The Rev. W. J. Eddy, of Victoria, de livered an address on mission work. He
said a change was passing over the Eastern nations, and there was the need for Chris- tianising the yellow races lest they should drift into materialism. Formerly there was a clear distinction drawn between home and foreign missions, but that distinction was disappearing. The church was now coming to see that missions were no longer a side issue, but her chief business. One reason why they should sup- port foreign missions was in order that their own Christianity might be enriched by the Eastern mind. At present the Baptist Church was seeking to reach the low caste people of India, and 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 than happened in the first century of the Chris- tian era. Everything depended on how the church rose to the occasion, and he urged them to push, on with the work. (Ap- plausc.)
The Alberton Church choir, under the leadership of Mr. J. Williams, contributed
the anthem, "How lovely are the messen-, gers" Mr. A. H. Be'l, B.A., presided at the organ. An interesting dialogue by ladies and gentlemen in Indian characters was given by the following:-Unconverted Moslem, Mr. A. H. Bell. MA.; converted Moslem, Mr. W. J Beasley; Indian-bride, Miss Winnie Roome; Indian widow, Miss Phyllis Rule; unconverted Brahmin, Mrs.
Whittle; converted Hindu outcast, Mr. A. Hosking.