THE KING’S BUSINESS
the American embassy at Constantinople for some years, strikes one as combining the good qualities of an earnest Jew with the keen alertness of a well-trained American university man; Mr. Edelman sympathizes with every movement- for the betterment of the lot for the Jerusalem Jew. The following is a fair sample of a day’s work of a medical missionary in some heathen countries: A visit to the sick at a provincial college, then to the mother of an army officer in the cit” returning to perform ah operation for cataract on a patipnt sixty years old; attending a station meeting, returning to. hospital to remove a large .cyst from a man’s face, reading up for a case in th e . hospital while eating lunch; after lunch visiting women’s hospi tal to remove tumor from six months’ old baby, attending clinic to operate upon two cases that had defied the army surgeons; in the evening attending a man who had been run over by a heavy cart. Mr. James, a veteran English Baptist in India, deceased last year, described the symbolism which he employed on one oc casion as follows ; “John Wesley said that he would not mind standing on his head if thereby he could get people to listen to the Gospel. There was a man in the fair exhibiting a large python and carrying it around his neck, the tail hanging down on one side and the head on the other. ‘Give me the loan of that,’ I said, and he imme diately complied. I hung the snake about my own neck, and directly an immense crowd gathered around me. The python gave a splendid text and I spoke of the evil of sin and of the old serpent who deceived our first parents. Did not some of the prophets, too, use very queer em blems ?” A Mohammedan of almost 75 years was about to go to Mecca on a pilgrimage. He was a carpenter and had associated much with Christian carpenters. As he came to bid me farewell I sought to direct his at tention to Jesus, the only Saviour of man.
He replied, “I pray daily to Jesus for per chance He is more than a mere prophet. I often desire to come and join you Chris tians. Thus far I have not had the liberty and courage. Perhaps when I return from this pilgrimage I shall ask you to baptize me.” His ideas concerning Jesus were not as clear :as I should have wished them to be, but as I looked into his face I could love him. I forgot for a moment that he was a follower of the prophet of Mecca, I only saw the carpenter standing before me. I thought of another Carpenter who once la bored at His bench in the town of Nazareth. —Mrs. A. V. Bryan, Port Arthur. A missionary writes as follows concern ing a Chinese mother and her babe: “She said, ‘Will you pray that he may become a Samuel? I want him to be the Lord’s from his birth.’ With this in mind she kept | speaking to him, even as a tiny baby, about the Lord Jesus. She was anxious that the first word his lips should utter might be that precious name, and well do I remember the day when she ran into my study and, with a beaming face, told me that baby had uttered his first word, the name Jesus. . . . I visited Wenchow in 1906 and he was then a 'lad of fourteen years. The mother asked me if I remembered her request that he might be like Samuel, and on assuring her that I had often re membered it in prayer she said, ‘We have never.gone back on that; we earnestly pray that he may be wholly the Lord’s and serve Him, that he may learn some trade where by he can earn his own living and yet have r sufficient time to preach.’” “I belong to no church ; I simply try to see things as they are,” remarked an edu cated Chinese gentleman in conversation with a foreigner. Then he added a thought ful estimate of the Bible which may well challenge the attention of many a careless or infrequent reader of the Book in our own land: “The Bible is the great civil izer. I know, as you do, that wherever it has gone, progress has gone with it. I , realize that the governments that are
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