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Batang Again Occupied as
Brotherhood Mission Post
Readers will reeall our an
nouncement some time back in
whicli mention was made of our
plan to return next year to Batang to
reopen active and aggressive mission
work there.
"We haye_^inc£-4:ecGi-vccl -a—surprise
"announcement from the field, which
indicates that even at the time we
wrote, Batang had already been occu
pied by missionaries. This informa
tion was first brought in a letter writ
ten in June by Dr. Norton H. Bare.
Dr. Bare, writing in behalf of all the
group of six missionaries (Mr. and
One of tbe priesthood of a hundred thousand lamas
that rules Tibet and means to keep it closed
as long as they can
Mrs. Edgar Nichols, Miss Palmer,
Miss Schwake and the Bares), states
that the opposition of the local Yen
Chin lamas has been successful to the
extent that they have secured written
orders from Chiamdo, impor-tant-east
ern Tibetan capital, to the effect that
the foreigners must leave Yen Chin,
the station in Tibet proper which the
Bares have occupied for more than
two years. During this period the
Bares have had the distinction, we
believe, of being the only missionaries
to establish a home and Christian mis
sion within the borders of the "for
bidden land," that portion of Tibetan
country which is governed by Lhassa.
THIS move of the Yen Chin priests
is better understood when it is
realized that Tibet is ruled by lamas
and that the chief ruler of all Tibet
is the head lama of all the priesthood.
He resides in the palace at Lhassa,
"holy" city and capital of Tibet. Into
"forbidden Tibet" not even the Chi
nese are permitted to enter or travel.
Batang and Atuntze, our former mis
sion, are both among the Tibetans,
but just outside the Lhassa-controlled
territory in regions held rather loosely
by Chinese military outposts.
There have been five Tibetans bap
tized in recent months at Yen Chin,
and this, no doubt, has tremendously
irritated the lamas. Of recent days,
wrote Dr. Bare, it had been very diffi
cult to obtain food, because those who
formerly sold to them had been threat
ened by the lamas. With the written
order of removal they immediately
began tlie process of packing, had
nearly, completed the task at the time
of writing, and expected to be leaving
Yen Chin in the next few days. A
Dr. Norton H. Bare mounted upon the
mule that carries him over the rocky
trails of Tibet
later letter from missionary friends in
West China, and written in the month
of July, states that four of the group
had already made the move to Batang.
Readers will reeall our own \isit
to Batang last year as a preparatory
move in taking up evangelistic work
there. I spent one month in Batang
with the small remaining band of
Christians and was so impressed with
the need that I immediately made
plans to secure helpers in America
and to return there from our fur
lough. Accordingly, while here on fur
lough, we have been seeking recruits
and have had several young couples
to volunteer to return with us for
pioneer Tibetan missionary wofk. We
expect to announce final selections in
a short time. One additional young
couple will bring our total of Tibetan
missionaries to ten.
We expect to add others in the near
future, but this force will enable us
not only to occupy Batang and Atun
tze, but also adjoining areas. We are
also keeping in touch with Pastor Li, with
whom I spent a month while in Batang last
year. We want to make it impossible for
Tibetans traveling in eastern Tibet to jour
ney very far without running into evangel
istic centers. This move of the lamas at
Yen Chin is but a passing incident. Wo
are pioneering on the borders of Tibet much
as did those early evangelists in India and
China more than a century ago. The lamas,
probably more than a hundred thousand,
are like a wall before us, but we are de
termined not to be discouraged or frightened
away, but to preach on, teach on and pray
on until that wall is broken. When that
takes place a whole nation gains religious
freedom, and millions hitherto prevented
from ever even hearing of the Saviour shall
have the opportunity to know Him whom
to know is life eternal.
Tibetan Missionaiios on rnrlousb.
Plans for Fall and Winter. Doctrine
in the Bulletin. Evangelistic Themes
ONE other phase of this work is gratify
ing to all who love to see missionary
effort go fonvard in harmony and peace. Our
group of eight workers have all taken up
the Tibetan task after the field was aban
doned by other forces. We have neither
denominational competition nor is this work
hindered by friction between different mis
sionary groups within our own "brother
hood," such as has marked other fields.
The Tibetan work is now supported by no
small section of our brotherhood. It is
going forward. Our scope of activities for
Christ is enlarging. New workers have gone
out recently and others are now preparing.
We look forward to our Tibetan ministries
with confidence and expectation, and covet
the prayers of all to the end that we shall
be faithful and true to the trust and the re
sponsibilities which He has committed to us.
Minisrcr, Church of Chrlsl, Norl?i
Tonoiranda, N. Y,
It Worked for Us
Marion browning, minister with the
First Christian Church, Crockett, Tex.,
observes in his bulletin '' some folks we
meet.'' These folks are pretty generally
scattered throughout our churches. We pass
the list on to you, thinking possibly tliat
you will want to pass the list on to your
congregation in your bulletin:
Edward Backslider, Perry Bootlegge,
Susie Gossip, Howard Neverpay, Amos In
feriority-Complex, Chas. Trouble Maker, Mrs.
Don't Like Preacher, Andy Lukewarm, Dr.
Pessimist, Mr. Have-My-Own-Way, Joe Never
Sing, Homer Criticism, Mrs. Non-missionary,
Willie Indifference, MoUie Sensitive, Jim
Knocker, James Know Better than the
Send us your bulletin. Many ministers
are already sending theirs. We read every
on© and get much information that we can
pass on to you. The following is something
that you might well use on the back of your
bulletin this fall. Run it for three months.
It will do much to indoctrinate the people:
A Divine Institution
Founded in Jerusalem, A. D. 33, at Pentecost
Foimdcr, Jesus Christ, Matt. 16:16
Foundation, 1 Cor. 2: 11
Head of the Church, Christ, Matt.
16: 16
Churches of Christ, Rom. 16: 16
Church of God, 1 Corinthians 1.
Body of Christ, Col. 1: 24
Disciples (as learners)
Saints (in their relationship to God)
Brethren (relationship to each other)
Christians (to distinguish them from
the world)
OflScers: Elders and Deacons
Ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Hearing, Isa. 55: 3; Matt. 7: 24; Luke 8: 18;
Rom. 10:17
Faith, Heb. 11:6; John 8:24
Repentance, Luke 13:1-5; Acts 2:38
Confession, Matt. 10:32; Rom. 10:
9, 10
Baptism, Matt. 28: 10; Rom. 6: 1-5
Page Two (934)
Bro. J. Edward Peer, minister with First
Christian Church, Bryan, O., believes that
something is going to have to be done re
garding the liquor traffic. Most thoughtful
Christian people will agree with him. He
believes in education against the liquor
traffic. So do we. The following from
Brother Peer's pen might help:
Said the glass of beer to the bottle of
gin: "I'm not much of a mathematician,
but I can, and do
Add to a man's nervous troubles,
Subtract cash from '^lis pocketbook,
Multiply his aches and pains.
Divide his property with liquor sellers, so
Fractions, only, remain for himl"
As you read this we will be nearing the
active church year, which starts in most
of our churches the first of October. No
doubt all your plans are made for Rally
Day. At least they should be as you read
this. If not, let us give one more sug
gestion for Rally Day: The Sunday before
Rally Day, designate as Church Calling Day.
Have as many go out from the church two
by two calling on absentee members as you
can possibly get to go. This is simple call
ing, and is a good way to train personal
workers. It would be well to have a basket
lunch at the church building at noon after
the morning service; then, with a few in
structions from the minister, let the callers
go out and invite and urge that people come
for Rally Day the following Sunday.
Many of our churches these days are mak
ing the whole month of October a "Rally
Month" rather than having just one day as
Rally Day. If it has worked, it is a good
idea. Let the first Sunday be a general
Bally T)ay; the second Sunday might well
be given over to a "Youth Rally." On this
day, rally all of the young people in the
Intermediate and Senior Departments to the
work of the church for the coming year.
It would be well to allow a representative
of the youth of the church to have part
in the Sunday morning worship program.
The third Sunday can well be given over
to the men of the church. Welshimer says,
"Build a wall of men around the church and
you will hold every one." He is right.
Have the men's class or classes, as the case
may be, sit together during the church ser
vice. Let the sermon be one specially
planned for men, challenging the men of the
cliurch to more devotion and more sacrifice
for Christ and His church.
The fourth Sunday mil be well spent if
we make it a day wlien we rally around thei
Lord's Table. We are appalled, as we visit
various churches and talk to ministers, at
the number that leave as soon as the Bible-
school period is over. It is not only the
children, it is young people ami adults,
many of them members of the church, who
fail to hood the command of Christ, "This
do in remembrance of me.''
When October comes it is time to start
your teacher-training class. If wo are ap
palled at the number that do not stay for
the Lord's Supper, we are equally appalled
at the number of teachers in our Bible
schools who do not know the things for which
we stand. Possibly they know methods.
Indeed wo would venture the thought that
a great many of our Bible-school teachers
know better how to teach than what to
teach. There is many a Bible-school teacher
who is also a public-school teacher who is
teaching in our Bible schools and yet is
absolutely ignorant as to the things that we
as a cliurch believe.
A teacher-training class, with the right
kind of leader and the right textbook, will
be able to remedy this. We would sug
gest the new teacher training book by C. J.
Sharp as a fine book for a first-year course.
When October comes it's time also for
social events, and no month lends itself
better than does October, for the latter part
of October we can have Halloween parties.
Young and old once in a while like to play
the clown. Halloween is a time when we
can do this. Superintendents of the differ
ent departments of the Bible school should
see that their departments have Halloween
parties. It will do much to create interest
through the remainder of the year.
The following by Sam F. Pngh might well
be placed at the top of your worship pro
gram each Lord's Day morning. It will give
people something to think about and will
Continued on Eiffkth Pane.
"We Are Ambassadors for Christ"—2 Cot. 5:20
(Associated with Tibetan Border Christian Mission)
RdUHt Address: HSIKANG, TIBET. .
Via Yunnanfu & Atuntze, Yunnan, China.
Gartok, MarKham Province^ Tibet,
October 25> 1939.
Dear Brother Srrett:-
I am enclosing herewith the annual report of Mra. Bare
and myself, giving statement of funds received for mission
work bj^ our family, and showing also the ampunts- disbursed.
As stated in the footnote, fundsjbherd^n mentioned hxb do
not include the funds received b# Mrs. Bare and myself for
our living link support from i|h^two churches- which some
years ago assumed that sappott. ' :
A few friends in the homeland jhave requested that we send
such a report as the inclosed jtifl'Ttou for- publication in
the Christian Standard. PleaseJ ^cept bur sincere thanke fur
this favor, as also for all pabt kindnesses shown us.
As we have stated in an earlier communication, we are now
b^on| the Chinese Pftstal Route, so that mail sent to
" ^must be fbi^arded to us rrom"i!lam Dee(Lan Den) by;lf Evan
gelist Shao whorls still stationed there. Letters to
should be addressed to Batang, Sikang, West China, Via
Tatsienlu, for forwarding.
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Services are being held by us in the large porch of
our barracks home for the military folks, and also we have/
rented a room upon the street in which we hold services at
tended by the local eattern Tibetans. We are glad of these
opportunities to preach God's Word to many who heretofore
have not heard.
Sincerely in Christ's service for dark Tibet,
Norton H. Bare, M.D.