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It has grown greatly even in the short time since this photograph was taken. Tonopah has a church, ninety communicants and a rector.

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RAYER for the Church's Mission is ship generally, it is doubly to be deplored

not simply a personal duty, it must and guarded against in the service in be a corporate act. St. Paul, in giving which we show forth the Lord's death instructions about until He come.

There selfishness is Prayer Church management supremely bad, for we give thanks for for Missions a to the young bishop, God's gift of Him who made "a full, Corporate Act St. Timothy, wrote: perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation

"I exhort, therefore, and satisfaction for the sins of the that, first of all, supplications, prayers, whole world.” How can any one claim intercessions, and giving of thanks be the benefit of that gift for himself, if made for all men.” Too often in the

through opposition or indifference or worship of present-day congregations the neglect he withhold it from men anynote of world-wide intercession is miss- where and everywhere? The time is ing. Indeed many so-called congrega- coming when at every celebration of the tions are not congregations at all. They Holy Communion special and definito are nothing more than gatherings of in- intercessions will be offered for the exdividuals, each of whom has come to say tension of the Kingdom of God. his private prayers in public. True, we of "the Prayer Book Church," to use ISHOP KNIGHT, in reviewing the Bishop Tuttle's phrase, are safeguarded against a narrow outlook in public wor- notes decided progress in every direcship. Day after day the congregation is

tion. Places that asked to join in that most comprehen- Progress in were formerly only sive of mission prayers, “Thy Kingdom

Cuba preaching stations come,” while each morning and evening

have become reguthe thoughts of worshippers are turned larly organized missions. Organized to the needs of "all sorts and conditions missions have increased in size, and of men," and

pray "that Thou in some instances have become cenwouldest be pleased to make Thy ways tres from which new preaching stations known unto them, Thy saving health are cared for. The Church property has unto all nations." If narrowness of almost doubled in value, and is now esvision is to be deplored in public wor

timated to be worth nearly $94,000. The

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training-school for native clergy, begun INCE the General Convention a vigin September, has more than fulfilled

orous speaking campaign has been the promise with which it started. Ten carried on in various parts of the councandidates for Orders are now in resi

try. Many of the dence and being prepared for ordination Making the domestic and foreign under the direction of the clergy in Facts about the missionary bishops, Havana and neighborhood, who give

Mission Known before going home, themselves to this work in addition to

spent a number of the many other duties pressing upon weeks, chiefly in the East, giving inthem. If the bishop had the means to formation about the progress of the work support them while studying, he might in their several districts, the need for have two men for every one at present in further equipment and the opportunities the school. In view of all that has been for advance. Missionaries on furlough done, the bishop is certainly justified in have been widely used by the Board of saying that through the school “we are Missions. Beginning at Dallas, Tex., idealists enough to see the future hope early in November, Archdeacon Stuck and salvation of the people.”

spent six weeks in the South. Then, There has been a corresponding in- after taking engagements for a fortnight crease in the number of confirmations. in the neighborhood of New York and During the first year of Bishop Knight's Philadelphia, he went west for appointepiscopate they totalled 37; in the sec

ments in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconond year the number was 113; for the sin, returning to New York from a two year just closed the figures are 294. It days' conference in Rochester. is plain that if this ratio of growth is to The Rev. George Wallace, of Japan, be maintained the Church in Cuba will has taken a useful itinerary in Central have to respond favorably to some at New York, and is now on his way to least of the many requests for the open- spend two months in Departments 5 ing of new work. The communicants and 6. now number 1,040, and their contribu- The Rev. Thomas Jenkins, of Alaska, tions during the past year totalled has been speaking almost daily since the $19,000, certainly a high average first of November in the Ohio dioceses. compared with the contributions of the During February and March he will be Church in the United States. Bishop in Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota. Knight is urging the duty of self-help. The Rev. F. C. Taylor, also of the He asks his people to show their ap- Alaska mission, spent some

weeks in preciation of what has been done for Michigan. Arrangements are now being them in the past by endeavoring to do completed for itineraries in Western more for themselves. He believes in a New York in February and in Pittscertain kind of worthy pride which burgh in March. should “make us work day and night to Bishop Brent has met many appointbring about the condition when we do ments from Boston to Denver and atnot feel that we must look across the tended the Des Moines conference as one water for help to carry on any work of of the Board's representatives. importance which we wish to undertake.” Bishop Kinsolving has taken many When it is remembered that three years important engagements in the East and ago Bishop Knight found the Church in spent ten days in Southern Ohio cities, Cuba discouraged and almost disorgan- in St. Louis and in Louisville. The ized, though with a keen desire for bet- first three weeks of January were spent ter things, the present condition may in Texas, where he made a profound imreasonably be considered as a promise pression at the Houston conference, befor still more rapid growth in the near sides taking other appointments in New future.

Orleans and Atlanta.


The Progress of the Kingdom



The Rev. R. W. Clark, D.D., in Department 6, and the Rev. R. W. Patton, in Departments 4 and 7, have been busy in presenting the cause in their districts, while the secretaries at the Church Missions House have covered as wide an area as possible, filling many appointments in the eastern cities and reaching out as far as the Houston and Des Moines conferences.

From nearly every point come reports of a wider outlook, more intelligent cooperation, and more evident determination on the part of bishops, clergy and laity to take a larger share in the great campaign.

attitude to various Protestant bodies. All Churchmen who were present have come away with a keen desire to see the Church awaken to the marvellous opportunity presented to this generation of bringing the heathen world to the obedience of Christ. Will the Church rise to her opportunity ?"


HE English Church Times reports

that the fourth international conference of the Student Volunteer Mis

sionary Union, held A Conference of in Liverpool early in English Students January, had among

its 1,500 delegates a considerable number of Church people representing the Church Missionary Society, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and the Universities' Mission to Central Africa. Upon the basis of interdenominationalism, says the Times, “members of widely different denominations met together, recognizing, not ignoring as matters of no importance, the points of difference between them. With all their differences, they can join together to further certain common ends. The bond of union is that each one believes in Jesus Christ as his Saviour, his Lord and his God.” The conference heard addresses, among others, from the Bishop of Liverpool, Bishop Montgomery and Bishop Boutflower, of Dorking. The Churchmen in attendance, says the Times correspondent, "cannot fail to know that it was good to be present; they cannot but be impressed by the evidence of the power of the Holy Spirit in the words of many who are not in communion with our Church. To some a new duty presented itself, the duty of us Catholics, as we consider ourselves to be, to reconsider

AST July plans were begun for the

next Children's Number of THE SPIRIT OF MISSIONS. This will be the

regular issue for The Children's March and promises Number to be as attractive

and interesting as the number for 1907, to which the Sunday-schools and other friends gave the splendid circulation of 138,000 copies. If every reader of THE SPIRIT OF MisSIONS could have the pleasure of an advance look at the Japanese children on the cover as they march in their kindergarten with drum and flag, we should hardly be able to print enough copies to supply the demand. Or, if they could read the proofs of the story that Mercedes, the Porto Rico girl, tells; or of the article that tells how the “Children of the Western Prairies” live; or, if they could follow the daily sessions of the kindergarten at Kawagoe, Japan; or look with Bishop Hare's eyes at the Indian children of South Dakota; or read some of the letters from Kobuk and Koyukuk boys and girls to Archdeacon Stuck--they would be as enthusiastic as we are about this issue. The orders from the Sunday-schools are coming in rapidly. Readers who are not connected with the schools will want to have a hand in circulating the number also. For twenty-five cents we will send three copies to any addresses. and names to “Children's Number, The SPIRIT OF Missions, 281 Fourth Avenue. New York.” It will be best to do this today and so avoid the possibility of disappointment. We know that once people see this number all the available copies will be rapidly disposed of.

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