Thursday, May 09, 2013


The PART Of HEW ZEALAND. FROM OTAGO TO CANTON. The story of the work in the villages told by Mx. McNeur to the congregations at the Mount Eden yesterday morning, and at St. Davids Church last evening. The Moderator also spoke to a large gathering of Sunday school children at the latter church in the afternoon. In teh year 1868 the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand appointed one of their young ministers, the Rev. Alex Don, to go out as an evangelist amongst the Chinese who were seeking gold ia the trackless gullies of Central Otago. By visiting them in their shacks and their caves, he became their friend, and in the course of time won many of them for the Christian way of life. Rev Don realised that the Chinese were here to win gold and take it back to China. After visiting many of his old friends in the villages of Canton —it is from there that most Chinese immigrate come —he returned to New Zealand with a message that a wonderful door of opportunity was open for Ministry work. In 1901 Mr. McNeur went to Canton. For SO years missionaries from Great Britain and the United States had failed to secure entrance, but the introductions of Mr. Don and his Chinese friends broke down the boycott. A hospital was estabished under Dr. John Kirk and his wife, and this had since been replaced by a ssw building of three storeys, than which theirs was probably no better mission hospital in China to-day. "Medical work," eaid Mr McNeur, "soften hearts, and I know of no work that is Christ-like than that of the doctors aad nurses in China. Through the work the message of the Gospel has been spread abroad. During the trouble ia China, when anti-foreign propaganda bes been so prevalent, this hospital, so Ist as I know, was the only British institution that did not close down for a period of several months, which is an •bqaut testimony of the place it has woa ia the community." The weaker referred also to their •cboole for both boys and girls, and to tbtir 15 preaching stations. He said tbet theirs and other churches in South Chiia had dropped their "isms," and that they were seeking to found one mited Church of Christ in China under Chiflese leadership, which would take «*er the various hospitals and schools. Mr. MeXeur closed with a strong appeal foT the sympathy and prayers of church members for the Church of Jesus Christ, wlrich was firmly established in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of men. women and children in China. Auckland Star, Volume LVIII, Issue 173, 25 July 1927, Page 9

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