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the face, and they were crying and received a new
sense of in anguish to God for mercy. pardon, peace and power, their Nothing in my mind can more desire to see others receive a fitly describe the scene than to similar blessing was especially compare it to the suddenness manifested in their recourse to and violence of a thunderstorm. prayer and their entire reliance It starts with the patter of a few on the Holy Spirit to confer that drops, then comes the downpour, blessing. Sometimes one who lasting half an hour or so. But had wandered far away from while it lasts how terrible it is. God, and now came back to So it was here with this storm Him publicly, confessing his of prayer ; it started with the sin, would ask for the prayers one or two, and then came the of the people. At once, as with burst from many hearts, all the one heart and voice, all would pent up emotions so long held in respond. Again, the cry of a check. There was no restrain- son or daughter for a father's or ing it and no attempt to do so. a mother's salvation, the appeal Think of the Chinese, so afraid of an anxious one for prayer for of “losing face," of showing relatives, the yearnings of a his real feelings, of betraying helper for the people of the his secret thoughts. But now district over which he had been there was no thought of “face" placed as shepherd, each brought or of who saw or criticised. The its response in a volume of prayer one thought was,
“God be merci- from the congregation. Never ful to me a sinner." Each man did we realise the power of and woman was face to face with
prayer as we did at that time. God, a righteous God, and what The whole atmosphere of those mattered what friends or neigh- days was one of prayer ; espebours thought or said ?
cially do we think with wonder The afternoon meeting was and gratitude to God of those much quieter, but one felt that afternoon and evening prayer the Spirit was now having His meetings amongst ourselves. We way. After the address there would first spend a little time followed prayer and individual in talking over the situation, the confessions. On Wednesday subject and persons for which evening, after the opening ser- special prayer should be offered, vices, an opportunity having and the answers already received, been given for prayer, again and then we would spend the came an outburst similar to that rest of the time in prayer. Lookin the morning, but perhaps ing back on that time now, and not so prolonged and intense. recalling the great number of Wednesday and Thursday were definite petitions presented, and the days of greatest storm, when definite answers received almost the volume of prayer was most
immediately, cannot but demonstrative. Afterwards there praise God for all His goodwas intensity, there was sobbing, ness and His wonderful works but there was more quietness. to the children of men.” We As the days passed there was would go direct to the general added confidence in tone, due to meeting from our knees, and oh the increasing knowledge of the the gladness and the glory of it, power of prayer. As men and as we saw one after another of women came under the power of those for whom we had been the Spirit, confessed their sins praying, going forward to tell
how God had met with them lows: China Inland Mission, and brought conviction of sin to Foreign Christian Mission, Prestheir hearts. We, however, byterian Mission (North), Preswere not the only ones who byterian Mission (South), Methlearned to pray in those days ; odist Mission (North), Methodour Chinese Christians not only ist Mission (South), Baptist Mislearned their lesson, but how to sion (South), London Mission, work as well. They had their Seventh Day Baptist, Woman's prayer circles as well as we, and Union, American Bible Society, kept us informed of all that they and the National Bible Society were doing to bring in those of Scotland. who had grown cold or
The following constitution special hindrances to the work. was adopted :Many a case was reported of
Ist. NAME.---The name of this organtheir sending out letters or
ization shall be the Kiangsu Christian special messengers to friends, Federation Council. relatives or neighbours who had 2nd. PURPOSE.—Its purpose shall be not thought it worth while to to promote the unity and sympathetic come to the meetings. In special
coöperation of believers, looking to
the realization of Christ's desire for cases they sent out deputations
the unity of His churchi, for, as this of three or four men and per- spirit grows and our work spreads, suaded some who were nursing there is hope that all denominations grievances against the church, will carry out the plans for union or had fallen into sin, to come to
adopted by the Federation Council.
There shall be no interference, howthe place of meeting. Then
ever, in the freedom of action of each they took them apart, prayed society. with them, asked us to pray for 3rd. Each Mission having work in them, followed them with their Kiangsu province may appoint two prayers into the meetings until
representatives, one Chinese and one the Spirit had brought them
foreign, as its delegates to the Council.
It may appoint one additional foreign back to God. Talk of the en- delegate for the first 25 missionaries thusiasm and hard work done to and one more for each succeeding 25 bring in voters on an election
or major fraction thereof. It may
appoint one additional Chinese deleday; just as great zeal did these
gate for the first 500 Chinese members Chinese Christians display in the of the church and one more for each endeavour to bring as many as
or major fraction possible into right relationship
thereof. with God.
4th. OFFICERS.-The Council shall elect a president, vice-president, a Chinese and an English secretary to
hold office until the next meeting. Our readers will be interested in the
5th. MEETINGS.--The Council shall progress made by the Kiangsu Chris
meet once a year at such time and tian Federation Council and reported place as the delegates shall decide ; by Rev. Frank Garrett.
two-thirds of the delegates-elect shall
constitute a quorum. In harmony with the action
6th. BUSINESS.—Whatever may proof the Shanghai Centenary Con
mote the growth of believers in love ference the Committee on Fed
and aid in drawing together of the eration called a representative different denominations may be the meeting of the Missions of the subject of such consultation and acprovince, which met in Soochow,
tion as shall make their unity manifest
to all. December 15th and 16th. Ten Missions and two Bible
7th. A two-thirds majority of those
present shall be necessary for the Societies were represented as fol- adoption of any proposal
8th. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.- week, many thousands in a year There shall be an Executive Com
would have been relieved of sufmittee composed of the five officers and two others elected by the Council
fering and have heard the Gosfor the transaction of any extraordi- pel through this purely native nary or unforeseen business. Five
agency. members shall con tute a quorum of Some are in private practice, the Executive Committee. This committee shall have power to call an
some in hospitals, some medical extra session of the Council on one
instructors. All are acceptable month's notice, and to change the time to their own people, and a few and place of the meeting of the Council
have wide reputations. if necessary.
My chief assistant is a skilful gth. AMENDMENTS.-This consti
operator. Several able surgeons tution may be amended by a two
from America, who witnessed thirds vote of those present at any meeting.
her doing major operations, were
delighted and greatly surprised The next meeting of the
to see a young Chinese woman Council will occur in Nanking, so thoroughly competent. November 24th, 1909. Rev. Li, Through one of these visiting of the Soochow University, was doctors who, impressed with our elected president. A Committee fine surgical opportunities and on Bible Study and Bible In
meagre outfit, Mr. Louis H. stitute Work was appointed, of Severance has just presented us which Rev. H. L. Rowe, of with nineteen hundred dollars Nanking, is chairman.
worth of new instruments. Let us have a full representa- The medical students greatly tion at the next meeting. Please appreciate the beautiful new send all suggestions as to how microscope in their lectures on this Council can best accomplish microscopy. the work for which it is formed, or The college and hospital are regarding the programme of the so intimately associated that at next meeting, to the president the end of the four years' course or to Rev. J. R. Graham, Tsing
women kiangpu, or Rev. J. W. Crofoot, with large practical experience, Shanghai, members of the Ex
gained in clinics, drug-room, ecutive Committee, or to Frank wards, and in homes through Garrett, secretary, Nanking. out-calls.
Over forty are now studying. Not only are they from Canton,
Hongkong, Macao, and vicinity, The following account, by Dr. Mary
but from Hainan, Honolulu, Fulton, of women's medical work, will be read with interest.
Amoy, Foochow, and Hankow.
It is surprising how soon those There is in Canton a college from other provinces understand known as the E. A. K. Hackett and speak Cantonese. Medical College for Women. The college year begins with During the nine years of its each Chinese new year.
As existence we have graduated this is the only medical college twenty-two doctors. All, with in the empire exclusively for possibly two exceptions, are do
women, we receive applicants ing good, honest work in cities, from all denominations. towns and villages. A11, save For those coming from a distwo, are Christians. Should each
tance, a reduction is given in see but one hundred patients a tuition,