Excerpt from A Lecture on the Manners and Customs of the Japanese, and the Process of Christian Missions in Japan
To understand, and estimate properly, the importance and prospects of our Missions in Japan, it is necessary to know something of the country and its resources; the physical conditions under which the people live, their habits of life, and modes of thought.
If our Foreign Missions languish, it is owing largely, I believe, to the fact that our people are not acquainted with the nations among whom these Missions are established - are not convinced that they are in a condition to receive the Gospel - that men and means may be used among them with a hope of reasonable returns.
This, at least, is the most charitable way in which I can reconcile the smallness of the 'church's offerings with-the magnitude of her For eigh work.
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