Excerpt from Twelfth Annual Report of the Woman's Board of Missions: Presented at Its Annual Meeting, in Springfield, Mass., January 13, 1880
Once more we stand upon the threshold which divides two years of the life of our Woman's Board of Missions - a brief resting-place between our past and our unknown future. As in former years, through the blessing of our Heavenly Father, we may still look backward thankfully, and forward hopefully. While we mourn over all our shortcomings, our lukewarmness, mistakes and failures, thoroughly conscious that whatever of suc cess or strength we may have has come from above, we yet rejoice most earnestly in all we have been able to accomplish. We rejoice at what our God has done through us; at the plans he has helped us to form and carry forward; at the ever-increasing confidence of the Christian women in our churches in our society, shown by constant accessions to our numbers; at the many seemingly unmistakable tokens of our 'master's approval. We rejoice to feel that, year by year, our work is becoming a living reality to hundreds of women who formerly gave only cool, indifferent approbation to a good object, but who now gladly give time and talents and money and prayer to a cause that lies very near their hearts.
To bring the record of a year crowded with labor of various kinds within the limits of a half hour, will allow but the briefest mention of the more important points.
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