Excerpt from The Home Missionary, Vol. 60: For the Year Ending April, 1888
The home missionary crisis - The home missionary crisis is a serious matter for the West. It is like the cry of failing water at sea. It is a matter of vital concern; not that any of our missionaries will seriously suffer, for the work in hand will not be cut down materially, or, if it be cut down, it will be done gradually, so as not to entail any large amount of suffering. But the order, no more new work, means defeat and that is a sadder thought to our missionaries than curtail ment or delayed payments. They did not come West for salary; they expected self-denial, and they are not disposed to count their trials; they came West to do their part to win this growing region for Christ. It is this which stirs their enthusiasm and sustains their courage. So long as they can see this being done, they welcome the conﬂicts and the trials involved.
But no more new work means that this must be abandoned. The frontier must move on and leave our work in the rear. The immense immigration filling up our western plains so rapidly must be left uncared for. While railroads, commerce and enterprise are straining every energy to reach these new centers and new cities, we must fold our hands and wait. No matter how urgent the call, no more new work is the order. While everything is pushing to the front the missionary work must lag behind; the only inﬂuence known among us which is not on the alert. The missionaries feel as an army would feel, when ordered into their intrenchments in the presence of their enemy, because the supplies are short.
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