Excerpt from The Mission Field, 1889, Vol. 34: A Monthly Record of the Proceedings of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel at Home and Abroad
I think we may say that if there had been no Society for the: Propagation of the Gospel there could, humanly speaking, have been no Lambeth Conference.
Of a single year's work no such estimate of development can be made; nor were there in 1888 any new Sees created, nor any incidents of a character which should at once stamp them as landmarks. But we have had the happiness of recording many notes of the advance of the army of the Kingdom of God. Turn to what land we will, we hear the same welcome news. Whether it be Burmans lending willing ears at Mandalay, or Dyaks envying their kinsmen on a neighbouring river the possession of a Missionary, or Malagasy villages asking for teachers, or a Pondo chief spontaneously handing over his own sons to a Mission ary for education, or heathen Basutos offering to build stone churches if teachers can be sent to use them, or Japanese students yielding to the religious inﬂuence of their English teachers, or Brahmans of Madras exhorting those who are drawn to Christianity not to fear or hesitate to change their opinion, if they have good reasons for the change, there is a Pentecostal complexity of listening and of utterance that should make the dullest eloquent for the cause which some would decry for smallness of success. Mere numerical growth is not an adequate gauge. For many years the large Mission of Chota N agpore yielded not a single convert to the faithful and patient labours of the German pioneers. We can now point to nearly twelve thousand Christians there in the Society's Mission, besides an even larger number attached to the original Lutheran Mission. The absence of numerical success therefore proves nothing, except that the stage for numerical success has not yet arrived. The presence of numerical success, on the other hand, does prove something. It proves that God is faithful, and that we should not be of little faith.
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