‘… in Karuizawa I had two weeks of perfect rest. All round about us were the everlasting hills, and from them shot up symmetrical mountain peaks among them Asayama, a still active volcano.
I had many pleasant walks and did nothing that might be called work. Just a very few letters, one sermon, and a bit of reading filled up the time. But I ought not to include the sermon with the work. That was a privilege and a delight. An auditorium packed with the chosen of the Lord, hungry for a message from Him. The atmosphere of prayer and perfect sympathy lifts a speaker until he feels as though he were speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives him utterance.
Leaving Karuizawa reluctantly, we spent the next two weeks in sight-seeing and for sight-seeing there can be no other country to equal
It is a land groaning with plenty. Its terraced rice fields were heavy with the ripening grain, seemed every one to have brought forth the last stalk and produced the very maximum yield of grain that could be obtained from any land. At one place these rice terraces would climb step by step up to the very top of some overshadowing mountain, while at another place up through the narrowing cleft in the mountain side, cut by a descending stream, the rice fields would stand out fresh and green, looking like some great wedge driven by Titans’ hands into the heart of the hills …
But what makes
I regretted that during the time I spent in
I was in a number of Japanese Christian churches, none of which was among the large or important congregations. As all of the services were in Japanese I could not get much idea of what they were doing.
I met some of the leading native ministers in our own and other denominations, and found them men of better training and larger experience than any we have in either the
We have no men who could take the headship of a large school, as some of them are doing, but then we have no large school that they could take charge of if they had the training. Conditions are different, but for clean straight evangelistic work I believe that we have a larger proportion of our men who are capable of getting results … ’ – MM, Oct. 1915, p. 3-4, edited.
Earnest Lau, the Associate Editor of Methodist Message, is also the Archivist of The
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