Archive for March, 2011

by / on March 17, 2011 at 7:59 am / in The Protestant Missions

High hopes succeeded by disappointment in Oyamada, Chikugo province!

                                                The story of Oyamada: The way in which high hopes were sometimes succeeded by disappointment was exemplified in Oyamada, a farming village in the province of Chikugo. It was defeated in a lawsuit that it had […]

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by / on March 17, 2011 at 12:43 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Visit of George Müller to Japan in 1887!

The year 1887 saw the opening of two forms of philanthropic work — the Nurses Training School in Kyoto, and the Orphan Asylum in Okayama. The former was established through the efforts of J. C. Berry, M.D., and from the first won the good will of the Japanese people. Its graduates were not only in demand for private nursing, but […]

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by / on March 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm / in The Protestant Missions

The Great Kanto and Tohoku Earth Quake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster of March 2011!

  It has been almost unimaginable to watch the news and the account of what happened. As of now, perhaps 20.000 people may have lost their lives. There is still a nuclear disaster unfolding and the survivors are in desperate need of water,food and blankets. It is still quite cold here and will be so for some time to come. […]

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by / on March 10, 2011 at 6:47 am / in The Protestant Missions

The November, 1886, noteworthy revival in Sendai!

Manifestations of the Holy Spirit! While most of the churches were rejoicing in great prosperity, there were in several places special manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s presence. A letter describing what occurred in the Girls’ School connected with the English Church Mission in Osaka says: “The blessing of a revival which God graciously granted to many of his servants in […]

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by / on March 10, 2011 at 6:25 am / in The Protestant Missions

Mrs. Mary Greenleaf Clement Leavitt and the Christian Temperance Society.

The year 1886 witnessed a renewed interest in the cause of temperance. This was aroused by lectures delivered in many cities by Mrs. Mary Greenleaf Clement Leavitt, who had come from America as the representative of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Several temperance societies were formed under Christian auspices, though in many cases persons of other faiths became members. One […]

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by / on March 10, 2011 at 6:07 am / in The Protestant Missions

Girls desperation for education resulted in suicide!

A school opens in Niigata Somewhat similar to the history of the first of these Sendai schools was that of one opened in Niigata, although in this case the leading trustees were Christians. The school met with much opposition from Buddhists and others. It also suffered from internal dissensions; one of its presidents and afterwards the principal of the school […]

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by / on March 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm / in The Protestant Missions

The Story of Tohoku Gakuin!

The desire for Western civilization was naturally accompanied by increased interest in the study of the English language. In 1885 forty thousand books were imported from England and fifty-nine thousand from America; while in 1886 the numbers increased to eighty-five thousand and one hundred and nineteen thousand respectively. The efforts of the Government to have English taught in the public […]

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by / on March 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Educating girls of the higher classes.

Professor Toyama of the Imperial University: Several essays published in 1886 by Japanese writers are noteworthy for the favourable, though patronising, tone in which they speak of Christianity. Professor Toyama of the Imperial University, in an article on the education of girls, said that it would be a great advantage if they could be instructed by European or American ladies. […]

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm / in The Protestant Missions

Reaching the Ainu in Japan!

Three new missions in Japan In 1885 three new missions began work in Japan. They were those of the Presbyterian Church of the United States, of the American Society of Friends, and of the Evangelical Protestant Missionary Society (German and Swiss). As this last society is not well known by American and English Christians, and as its principles and methods differ […]

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