Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 32
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Reports of Boards and Standing Committees
BOARD OF MISSIONS.
Your Board of Missions submit this, their forty-fifth report, as the old
Northwest Texas Conference and their first as the Central Texas Conference.
We are glad to record another year of success and prosperity, notwith-
standing the drouth which has afflicted all parts of the Conference and many
portions very severely. One hundred and twenty-six Missionaries have ope-
rated in the territory comprising the two Conferences, eight of whom are
Missionaries to the foreigners. In the midst of most trying conditions our
Missionaries have remained faithfully at their post as real heroes of the
Cross, and the courageous band of Missionaries to thie Bohemians under the
leadership of Rev. V. Cejnar and C. W. Macune and Maurini at Thurber,
have rendered faithful and efficient service. There has been referred to your
Board communications from the Secretaries of the General Board, and also
from Dr. C. F. Reid, Secretary of the Laymen's Movement, also for the Mis-
sionary Training School at Nashville, reports of the General Board and from
the Women's Societies.
We are pleased to note that the contributions for Foreign Missions was
$881,520. Of this amount $181,078 was from Specials and 'other sources. The
amount contributed the last year of this quadrennium exceeded the contri-
butions of the corresponding year in the former quadrennium, $257,765.
While the General Board would not lessen nor discourage Specials, we are
cautioned to so emphasize and increase the regular contributions as to main-
tain a safe conduct of the affairs of your Board and enable it to meet all its
obligations. We are pleased to note the assessment of the Church has been
increased from $385,000 to $500,000, and that also in July twelve new Mis-
sionaries were accepted, six of whom are married, making eighteen recruits
to our forces in the field. Especially, are we made glad at the purpose to
establish a Mission in Africa. The colored M. E. Church has pledged to co-
operate in this and Prof. J. W. Gilbert, their most distinguished member, has
offered for pioneer service in the Dark Continent. To our own Bishop Lam-
buth is committed this great work.
The Board is unable to provide for this Mission, and to send these rein-
forcements. The maintainance of enterprises and laborers already in the
field more than consumes its resources. There is a pressing call for greater
liberality, "bring all my tithes into my store-houses." Seventeen thousand,
four hundred dollars are needed to send these recruits. The men and women
in the field with appealing hands beg for reinforcements, then men and
women at home are begging to be sent, and our Lord looks upon us. Shall
we disappoint Him?
The every-member campaign has yielded excellent results, where it has
been applied. It is certainly, the Christ ideal, "Every one members in par-
ticular." The organization of the Laymen and their declaration of purpose
to co-operate with the pastor in executing this plan until every member shall
contribute his part of time, money and prayers, is the desired goal.
Attention is directed to the fact of the merging of the three Missionary
publications, "Go Forward," "Women's Foreign Missionary Advocate" and
"Our Home." This gives us pleasure and we trust very soon at the nominal
price of 50 cents it will find its way into every Methodist home.
The Home Department of the General Board so successfully planned and
operated during the last quadrennium, by Rev. Jno. R. Nelson of this Con-
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Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South, periodical, November 1910; Waco, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49824/m1/32/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church.