Shall We Neglect Missions Now?

Mission Problems and Methods

By the Ministry staff. 

In the Presbyterian for August 12, 1943, Mrs. Charles H. Crooks gives a convincing answer to the oft-repeated claim, "It's hopeless to give to foreign missions now." Although written particularly of Presbyterian missions, the principles are also applicable to our own mission program. She says in part:

"Mission work is God's work. We give to missions because God has commanded us to do so. God's commands are not suspended be­cause of war. God's work that is mission work does not stop during war. In truth, the need doubles and trebles. Devoted Christians know this and endeavor to meet the needs.

"Never has our Foreign Board [Presbyterian] had such 'demand on it as now, and never have such marvelous opportunities confronted it for service. Some fields, it is true, are closed to its missionaries, and this seems to impress some people more than the great work that is actually going on. Many of these missionaries of the closed fields have gone into other countries where the demand is great, such as the Colombia Mission, where the educational work is devel­oping so wonderfully; also in Mexico, where new welcome is awakened. Some of the mis­sionaries of Thailand are now doing excellent work in India and China.

"The Foreign Board needs our offerings more than ever. The expense of travel is greatly increased; the exchange is an expense needing to be met in many countries. Then our board has a responsibility for other work temporarily without support. This is God's work, too, and our board has to assume its share along with the boards of other denominations. These are only a very few of the increased expenses that will just have to be met.

"Mission work has not stopped, and those who allow stories inferring that it has to keep them from giving, are being deceived and are dis­obeying one of the great commandments of their Lord. . . . One of the last commissions that Jesus gave His disciples was, 'Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.' It was strikingly important that Jesus made this one of His last words. He knew if we failed in our mission work we, too, would perish. We can see this in every group, in every church, if we really want to open our eyes and take a look. They only live and thrive who hold high their mission work.

"All over the Orient today hundreds of Christian churches, hospitals, and schools are opened and carrying on even where there are no missionaries. These institutions are the only contact we have with some countries. The large business firms have . all disappeared, but these Christian institutions stand and carry on, some with entire Christian control, some with part, and each with enough to maintain the ideals of the institution. . . . Keep the Oriental Chris­tian is another way of saying, Keep up your mission work. . . .

"We were all thrilled by the soldier who wrote, 'Dear Mom,' saying that because of missions he was feasted and not feasted on when he fell from the sky into a former can­nibal village. If we were to write all these marvelous stories that are appearing today to prove the work of foreign missions, we would have a very large second book of the Acts. It will be written someday, but for this time we shall roll it into one sentence. The accom­plishments of foreign missions in the Orient have been wonderful (only now coming into their own), but marvelous as they are, this is but a mere gesture to what we must do in the future. 'Lord, what may I do in this great -work of missions ?' should be our constant prayer and thought, and never, 'It's no use to give to foreign missions now.'"

Advertisement - Ministry in Motion 300x250

Ministry reserves the right to approve, disapprove, and delete comments at our discretion and will not be able to respond to inquiries about these comments. Please ensure that your words are respectful, courteous, and relevant.

comments powered by Disqus

By the Ministry staff. 

November 1943

Download PDF
Ministry Cover

More Articles In This Issue

Profitable, Spirit Born Men

Heeding Paul's counsel to Philemon.

The Shepherd's Responsibility to the Flock

As we near the end of time and approach the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the dangers which face the church will increase. Are you protecting your sheep?

Question Service for Church

The question service has long been recog­nized by our evangelists as a valuable aid in bringing people into the truth.

Cultivate the Art of Oral Reading

From the standpoint of the minister, I think we can discuss the art of reading from two angles.

Effectively Presenting the 2300 Days

Our monthly bible instructor column.

Greater Bible Work—No. XVII

When a Bible instructor is transferred to another field of labor, the transfer of her church membership should be promptly attended to.

Religious Liberty Work Evangelistic

Religious liberty is fundamental to the religious life.

The Law of No Upper Limit

Address before S. D. A. Science and Mathematics Teachers' Council, Washington, D. C.

Harmony and Design in Dress

Our principles, perils, and developments column.

The Church Should Stand for Something

Biblical Exposition and Homiletic Helps

Preparation of Manuscript

Suggestions on correct speech and cultured conduct.

Planning and Working for the Baptism

Here is a comprehensive program for pastoral evangelism.

Advancing the Interests of Christian Education

A look at the John Nevins Andrews School and the work it is doing to advance Christian education.

Missionary Work in Navaho Land

Monthly medical missionary column.

Principles of Mental Hygiene

In Part I Doctor Shryock presented a definition of mental hygiene, the causes and early symptoms of mental ill-health. He discussed the Prevention of mental ill-health, showing the part the home and the school act. In this concluding portion of the article he continues with the adolescent period.

Fulfilling the Great Commission

As men are led to rea­son from cause to effect and learn that disease and death come as the result of sin, they will be led to obey God.

Potent Factors in Radio Broadcasting

What significant changes have taken place in the field of radio communication during a mere quarter of a century!

The Message of a Song Service

When a minister speaks to a congregation, he measures his sermon by the attention accorded his words and by the negative or posi­tive reaction which he receives, as recorded in the faces of the hearers. I have also found this to be a comparatively safe guide to follow in the service of song in our evangelistic meetings.

Song Leading in Evangelism

Few things in evangelism are more im­portant than music.

View All Issue Contents

Digital delivery

If you're a print subscriber, we'll complement your print copy of Ministry with an electronic version.

Sign up
Advertisement - Southern Adv Univ 180x150 - Animated

Trending

Recent issues

See All
Advertisement - Digital Discipleship (160x600)