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The Word Carrier 0 VOLUME XXVI. HELPING THE RIGHT, EXPOSING THE WRONG. NUMBERS <i-7, 8ANTEE AGENCY, NEBEASKA. JUNE-JULY, 1807. FIFTY CENTS PEEYEAE. OUK PLATFORM. For Indians we want American Education! We want American Homes! We want American Rights! Tlie remit of which is American Citizenship! And the gospel is the Power of God for their Salvation' Quite a number of the former pupils of Santee Normal Training Bchool are now occupying responsible positions at Fort Berthold Agency. George Bassett is Agency farmer, George Gillette assistant blacksmith, Joseph Wilkinson doctor's assistant, John Young assistant clerk, Edward Badger, is in the harness shop and Charles Hoffman is teacher of an important day- school. The Santee boys get all the new appointments except one, and he would have been at Santee if he could. This is a significant commentary on a recent utterance of Capt. Clapp, formerly Indian agent at Fort Berthold, that" the Indian youth who has obtained sufficient education for his needs at the reservation day school is more reliable, more useful, and more contented than are those who go away to school." '___■ The Seminoles remaining in Florida are located upon six thousand acres of land purchased for them by the government. This it is intended to deed to them in severalty as soon as they are ready to accept citizenship. Meanwhile there are those who are planning to remove them to a certain unhealthy island surrounded by an impassable swamp so that they may be unmolested by the whites. Another instance of cruelty planned in the name of humanity! But this humane idea may be circumvented. We earnestly hope it may be. These Indians number between five and six hundred. They have the reputation in their neighborhood of being clean, honest, and reliable. They are said to be brave and intelligent. Their support comes from hunting, fishing, and planting. THE NEXT STEP SPIRITUALLY. The next step in the spiritual progress in our Indian churches is I think to be gained by bringing them more into contact with God's thought. We owe the churches' existence to the translation and teaching of God's word. We have believed in and verified the promise "my word shall not return unto me void." We have seen that those who have come most into contact with this word have most felt its power. This spirit has worked through the proclaiming of the word. But our Indian communities and even our church members come comparatively little into contact with it. The average attendence at church at Fort Berthold, including the out stations is perhaps less than half the membership for one gathering a week. A smaller average attend prayer-meeting once a week. Only a part can read and not all of them read the Bible for themselves at home. Except what they get from pictures few get much Bible thought out side of church services. The total might average what would be equal to three-quarters of the membership once a week. In the public assemblies there is much distraction of thought, much diverting of attention, much failure to understand, much tardiness. When all discounts are made shall we not find the amount of contact with God's thought for the average church distressingly small. Little seed is being sown, the crop is small. There is plenty of food in the granaries but it does not reach famine stricken comuni- ties, and christian life is at starvation point. How shall we give more ? How much more can the missionary leader give ? Are we busy here and there about what seem to us important matters while we miss our opportunities to be bearers of the grace of God. Perhaps we can do more individually. Yet our chief usefulness must be in setting others to work. If we cannot "hire" more preachers or so many can we not follow Mr. Moody's plan and make an evangelist of every church member. This is the simple wisdom one of God's most honored servants has from the Holy Spirit. It is no new wisdom, but it is little followed. Mr. Diaz in Cuba has proved the efficiency of the same method and in the past ten years has seen 8000. come out of a Eoman Catholic community into the church. Several years ago during a small pox epidemic which lasted three months 105 converts were gathered. 44 of these were gained through the efforts of two women who had more than 1600 religious conversations with different persons during the pestilence. Others were doing similar work. Mackay of Formosa has an "Oxford" scliool where they study Bible only and from which they go out among the people, from place to place, the students with him, after the example of Christ and apostles. He reports a score of self-propagating churches in the Island, although the work is but 122 years old. Years ago Titus Coan in the great Hilo revival on the Sandwich Islands set converted people to work and above 40 visited from house to house within five miles of the central stations. "The result would be simply incredible were they not attested abundantly." He himself (Mr. Coan) "never lost individual knowledge and contact in all the hugh increase of his church from an hundred to 5000 members." (11,000 were baptized.) His plan was for every person to have the gospel brought repeatedly to the eon- SC1GUCG. Mr. Clough among the Telugus in India began proclaiming one text in broken speech by the wayside to all and kept on till multitudes have flocked in, taking the kingdom of heaven by force. Have we tried this method fully in our Indian work. We have much good preparation made. We have a Dakota Bible and hvmns. We have a number of intelligent members, who can use them. In Eee and Gros Ventres we have now much Bible truth printed and taught. We have some hymns and just now a spirit abroad to produce more. We have material at hand to be used and workers who can use it if they will. We are glad also to report from Ft. Berthold some beginning is being made in the direction we are urging. One of our young men returned from Santee, with others, has been going out for several Sundays to people at a distance with the word of God and asking the prayers of the church for success. One of our little school girls goes out to her own home and gathers some of the neighbors to hear Bible stories on Sunday afternooon. Our oldest church member Poor Wolf, now about 73 years old and nearly blind, has been talking to his neighbors and visitors for the last two years. Last Saturday he stood by the grave where he had just buried his wife and told me of half a dozen or more young men who wished to become church members, whose minds were fully made up and who did notwish any delay. One was an uncle of Alfred Mandan who is buried at Santee. Shall we not lay it upon the hearts and consciences of each of our church members to do this work, to impart in the way of personal conversation the thoughts that God has given. Some of them are ready enough to preach or pray in a public and formal way at a set time. This often runs into cant or stereotyped forms, which like pressed flowers or dried meat are lifeless. Our public assemblies get their power from Christian life behind, they do not primarily cause it. We need first the individual contact of those who "fear the Lord and speak often one to another. We need the work in season but also out of season i. e. out of the set formal time. The work from house to house. We must be behind our members as the succesful teacher is behind a lot of boys or girls at work. Keeping and working with them, present to warn and to encourage, seeing that their efforts are not misdirected, seeing they have and use their tools aright. But each member must do his work and for love's sake. Some are ignorant and timid and shrink from public address; tBis is not required. It is simply the simple telling of something that Christ has done, some fact or story about him that every church member should be ashamed not to do and should be accounted disloyal for not doing. Where this work has been done we find self-supporting self-propo- gating churches. Mr. Coan's people sustained their pastors, built their own churches with their own money and sent out twelve missionaries to other tribes. Mr. Wheeler's people on the Euphrates sustained a pastor where- ever there were ten men in the community. Each gave a tenth and the pastor lived as his people lived. Perhaps we have here a solution in part of our financial difficulties in the consecrated energy of those who have taken the word into "honest, and good hearts." Let us hope this will be the re sult of our financial embarrassments and retrenchments today— that all the Congregational churches, and all the Indian churches of our land shall be driven home to God by this storm and get more of his spirit and a truer consecration of themselves and their possessions to him. C. L. Hall. May s, 1897. GENERAL MISSION CONFERENCE. Our General Mission Meeting of the Congregational and Presbyterian missions among the Dakotas is to be held this year at Crow Creek, S. D., September 23-26. This is the program: THURSDAY FORENOON. 9:00. Devotional Services. 9:30. Enrollment of members. 10:00. Greetings. 10:30. Address by A. L. Eiggs. 11:00. Discussion: How to increase the interest of believers in the study of the Bible.' THURSDAY AFTERNOON. 2:00. Address by Eev. Geo. W. Eeed. 2:30. Discussions : 1. What can be done to decrease the mortality of the Indian race ? 2. The Seven Council Fires. 3. Where shall our children attend school? For bow long? And how much shall we do to assist them? 4:30. Question Drawer. THURSDAY EVENING. Dakota Y. M. C. A. and also Mission Circle. FRIDAY FORENOON. 9 :00. Prayers. 9:30. Address by Dr. Chas. Eastman. 10:00. Discussions: 1. How in missionary work may the Gospel be most speedily brought to bear upon the heathen mind. 2. What Dakota customs may well be retained and what may not. 3. To what extent should our Indian churches give to the support of their pastors. 11:30. Question Drawer. FRIDAY AFTERNOON. 2:00-5:00. Sectional Meetings: Dakota Congregational Association, Dakota Presbytery, Women's Societies. FRIDAY EVENING. 7:00. Christian Endeavor Anniversary. 8:30. Stereopticon Lecture. F.B. Eiggs. SATURDAY FORENOON. 9:00. Prayers. 9:30. Address by Eev. J. F. Cross. 10 :00. Discussion : Is the issue of rations by the government a benefit to the Indians. 11:00. Place of next meeting. 11:30. General business. SATURDAY AFTERNOON. 2:00. The Missionary Societies. 4:00. Woman's Union Missionary Meeting. SATURDAY EVENING. DakotaY. M. C. A. Also Mission Circle. SUNDAY. 9:00 A. M. Sunday School Service. 10:30. The Great Assembly closing with the Lord's Supper. 2 :00 P.M. English Service. 3 -.30-5 :00. Union Missionary Service. Santee Normal Training School Press, Santee Agency, Neb.
The Word Carrier
HELPING THE RIGHT, EXPOSING THE WRONG.