The Mission Committee is one Synodical Committee that does not have the luxury of a year’s time to do its work. Synod’s decisions and directives have to be implemented immediately. Our monthly meetings have been long and arduous, an indication that God has given us work to do and that zeal for this work abounds.
The living church of Jesus Christ is constantly involved in missions. This is true not simply because the church’s future depends upon it, but rather because our Lord commands this. A pragmatic approach toward missions will lead us inevitably into compromise, a forsaking of the right and true in order to get better results. Mission work is Christ’s work which He commands His church to perform in His name, and therefore it is the calling of the church to be faithful in this work no matter what the outcome may be.
Strictly speaking there always is progress in missions. The Word of God never returneth void; God always accomplishes His will through the Word preached, since the Sword of the Spirit is a double edged sword and is a savor both of life unto life and death unto death.
An air of expectancy prevails when the members of the Mission Committee receive notice in the mail that a meeting is called for the purpose of receiving a report of emissaries who have returned from the field. Elements of eagerness blend with anticipation as the hour draws near.
In the days of Joseph there was a famine in the land of Egypt and surrounding countries. A seven-year famine! Enough to destroy the life of man and beast!But God . . .! But God prepared a “savior of the people,” so-called by Pharaoh, who re-named Joseph “Zaphnath-Paaneah.” God’s chosen people, Israel, cannot be destroyed by famine; they must show forth His praises in all the earth. Therefore God sent Joseph into Egypt with the express purpose of saving His people from a slow death by famine. In all this Joseph did not boast of his name and position.
At the last meeting of the Foreign Mission Committee the chairman instructed the undersigned to write an informative article concerning our labors in Singapore. It is our desire to inform our people of our activities because of your interest in the spread of the gospel and because we as a committee represent you.
The Foreign Mission Committee of our churches appointed the undersigned to write once again concerning our labors upon the mission field in Singapore. In March the undersigned and Mr. D. Engelsma were sent by the Foreign Mission committee and our Doon Church as your emissaries to the Gospel Literature and Tract Society of Singapore. This group was formerly known as the Gospel Letters and Tract Department (G.L.T.D.). They are now a society registered with the government of Singapore and possess the right to sponsor a missionary from a foreign country. The fact that Mr.