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evangelists. We support as many evangelists as the special gifts that come to us will permit, always with the understanding that such support is temporary, and may fail at any time. These men are kept on the move from point to point opening up new cities, and caring for the converts made at places not quite so new for two weeks or a month at a time. When a Church asks for a pastor, they must be willing to unite with others in a circuit, so that his support may come wholly from them. Against almost inconceivable pressure coming from many quarters, God has helped us to keep from spending one penny of the regular appropriations from New York for the support, traveling expenses, or rent of any native preacher, or for the erection of any building for the use . of the native people. Special gifts have been used in that way as need demanded. Marriage fees from the something like 2,475 weddings that our staff has conducted, nearly all in Manila, have been used in this form of work, and in printing as need arose; but self-support is absolutely the rule as to pastoral service. We do not claim to have solved the question, but we are determined to continue the attempt, and avoid, if possible, mistakes that cost us dearly in fields in which our workers were forced to the use of methods which we do not need to employ. It costs from $200 to $300 annually to support a good Filipino evangelist. We shall need the services of these men for many years to come. Their lot is a hard one. They live on the circuit. They are in very truth atraveling preachers.a But their work breaks new ground, and pioneers the way for Churches which spring up in their tracks wherever they go.
Our growth has been phenomenal. The statistics which will appear in the Missionary Report for 1903-4 are as follows:Our growth has been phenomenal. The statistics which will appear in the Missionary Report for 1903-4 are as follows: