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Deaconesses in Europe and their Lessons for Americ

Yearly expenditures at kaiserswerth


Church has been accused of being too abstract, too ideal, too far removed from the life of the people in its every-day aspects. It is well for Church members to examine themselves, and the Church communities to which they belong, to judge how much ground there is for such criticism. None are so sharp-sighted as hostile critics, and from none can such good lessons be learned. But this accusation is not a new one, and the only effectual way to meet it is to point to what the Church has accomplished. Over eighteen hundred years ago, when John the Baptist was in danger of mistaking our Lord, he sent to him, saying: "Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?" and the answer was: "Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached."

Let us be prepared to make a similar answer to-day, and the Church need fear no accusation of holding aloof from the needs of the daily life of the people.

"Christianity, as it stands in the Bible and in our creeds, will neither be read nor understood by millions; Christianity as it is revealed in the loving service of deaconesses will be recognized by the dullest eyes."[99]

We have reached a new departure in Methodism. The Church has added another to its aggressive forces. How is it to be received?

What welcome will be given it? May pastors and people, one and all, be in that attitude of spirit where we shall respond readily to the command: "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."

[95] _Die Diakonissenberuf nach seine Vergangenheit und gegenwart._ Emil Wacker. Guetersloh, 1888, chap. vi. [96] _Modern Cities._ S. L. Loomis, The Baker & Taylor Co., New York, 1887, p. 192. [97] _Deaconesses in the Church of England_, Griffith & Farran, 1880, p. 31. [98] _The American Commonwealth_, James Bryce. MacMillan & Co., 1889, vol. ii, pp. 586, 589. [99] _Phoebe die Diakonissen_, p. 8.



While the book is in press the following interesting statistics are received, which are deemed of sufficient importance to insert here.

Receipts and expenditures of Kaiserswerth for the three years from 1885 to 1888:

Year. Receipts. Expenses.

1885-1886 333,476 m. 74 pf. 331,812 m. 12 pf. 1886-1887 371,523 m. 46 pf. 370,626 m. 45 pf. 1887-1888 337,508 m. 14 pf. 492,384 m. 21 pf.

In the year 1887-1888, the excess of expenses over receipts was caused by the construction of a new building, and special funds were contributed which more than met the deficit.

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