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ACCESSION NUMBER: 163
DATE: Dec 13, 1886
RECIPIENT: Foreign Mission Journal
SENDER: Moon, Lottie
SENDER ADDRESS: Pingtu, China
PROPER NAMES: English Baptist Mission Society Northern Presbyterian Mission Board China Inland Mission
TOPICS: foreign missionaries (FMB) deployment poverty discrimination housing women's ministries
NOTES: Published in the Foreign Mission Journal
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For “The Foreign Journal” 

More Missionaries Needed” – A Plea for P’ingtu 

A year ago the Tungchow Mission asked the Board to send missionaries to open a new station at P’ingtu. I desire to call attention to some facts that make P’ingtu, a desirable point at which to locate a mission.  

  1. It is situated in a fertile country. The people in general are well-to-do and prosperous. There is almost none of that grinding poverty which it is so trying to witness in the Tungchow region & which is proved to be so very unfavorable for the reception of religious ideas.
 

  1. The people are not hostile to foreigners. An exceedingly good influence in removing hostility is the fact that foreigners in Government employ are opening a gold mine about thirty miles from P’ingtu. Proclamations were put out as to how they should be treated. This smoothes the way for missionaries.
 

  1. Houses are easily procurable. Not only have I obtained at a lower rate the house I rented last year, but two others were offered me. I have no doubt that any number of houses could be obtained if there were missionaries to occupy them.
 

  1. The people are accessible in their own homes. I am constantly invited out to visit. True, the motive is usually curiosity to see a foreign woman, but this very curiosity may be utilized for higher purposes. Not only is this true in the city, but the country, full of prosperous villages, is also accessible. In a residence here of six months, I made more friends & acquaintances than in ten years in Tungchow. The people are altogether of a different sort, much more friendly & cordial in every way.
 

  1. The opportunities for Woman’s work are simply boundless. Many of the women seem to be naturally religious. The girls are affectionate & docile. While the prospect for woman’s work is very encouraging, I would speak with great caution in advising ladies to come here. Those who come must make up their minds to “endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ”, & to find their reward in the work itself. There is absolutely nothing else to attract. The life here as we Western people consider life, is exceedingly narrow & contracted. Constant contact with people of a low civilization & many disgusting habits is a trial to one of refined feelings & tastes.
 

Our need of more workers is great. For this vast province with its twenty-nine millions, we have had, during the last year, two men in Tungchow & two in Whonghien. The Presbyterians have four men in Tungchow, three or four in Chefoo, two or three in Weihien, & four or five at Chenanfu. The English Baptists have about ten men at Chingchowfu. The China Inland Mission adds more men in one year than we do in ten. It would seem to be the part of wisdom to take into account the work to be done & apportion of forces accordingly. Certainly four men seem wholly inadequate for preaching the gospel to the millions of Shantung. 

P’ingtu, Dec. 13, 1886        L. Moon. 

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