Chinese Mission in Wellington. (Waiapu Church Gazette, 01 March 1912)

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chinese mission in wellington to the editor waiafu church gazette sir may i bring before you a great opportunity placed before us as a church m this country of doing a most important piece of missionary work for the extension of christ kingdom the neglect of which will have far-reaching effects m hampering the work m the mission-field elsewhere i refer to the presence m our midst of some 1500 chinamen working as market-gardeners laundrymen etc of whom about 350 are resident m wellington almost all these chinamen will ultimately return to their own country and will there become either witnesses for christ and centres of influence on all around them which would be of incalculable service to the missionaries working m china or else they will return to their country unaffected by their residence m a christian country except m so far as they may have acquired a veneer of western civilisation and some of the vices of the white man if with the majority of them this latter alternative is the case it will be a lasting shame and reproach to us who bear the name of christian a reproach for which we shall have to give account to god m the great day of reckoning as far as our own church is concerned the only organised mission to these men from a heathen country is that which has been carried on for some years past m wellington though clergy m some other parts have taken a personal interest m the chinese resident m their parishes now m wellington the mission has been working under great difficulties for some time past about four years ago the chinese missionary mr wong who did splendid work m building up the mission here died ever since that time except for a few months during which we had the temporary services of another missionary mr low the work of the mission has been carried on by four earnest chinese converts together with mrs wong widow of the late missionary who has done invaluable work m visiting and teaching mrs wong desires shortly to return to australia and unless we can get a capable chinese missionary to take up the work the mission must inevitably lose its present hold on the chinese and cease to be effective we have just heard from australia of a man who appears to be suitable for the post but we need a considerable amount of increased financial support if we are to be m a position to offer him an adequate stipend we are therefore making an appeal not only to the church people of the diocese of wellington but also to those m other parts of new zealand who realise the great responsibility laid upon our church for the conversion of the chinese if we can secure the services of the missionary from australia we can then send him from time to time to visit the chinese m other parts of the country as for instance m otaki napier the west coast and other places j where good might be done by such visits in order to do this we need an assured income of at least 200 per annum if sufficient income were forthcoming we should endeavour to further develop the mission by pro viding ministrations for the chinese m other places where at present they are untouched as time presses may i ask those who read this appeal to prayerfully consider the matter and to let me know as soon as possible whether they will be able to promise some support to the mission either as annual subscribers or through the missionary guild or some other organisation m their parishes subscriptions should be sent to a e eising esq hon treasurer oriental bay wellington i am etc h g blackbuhne hon secretary all saints vicarage kilbirnie wellington


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