Image from page 290 of “Medical missions, their place and power” (1903)

Image from page 290 of “Medical missions, their place and power” (1903)
Healing Arts
Identifier: medicalmissionst00lowe
Title: Medical missions, their place and power
Year: 1903 (1900s)
Authors: Lowe, John, 1835-1892
Subjects: Missions, Medical
Publisher: New York, F.H. Revell
Contributing Library: School of Theology, Boston University
Digitizing Sponsor: Boston University

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onth to commend the Gospel, than an or-dinary missionary in the same community could do in ayear; and experience and observation alike teach that,hand in hand with the Gospel, the healing art will befound of equal value in our mission fields at home.It is not enough merely to acknowledge that these HOME MEDICAL MISSIONS. 261 institutions—our hospitals, our asylums, and refuges—are the outcome of Christianity; this, they undoubtedlyare, and, not infrequently, their benevolent operationsare conducted by ministers of the Gospel, by Christianphysicians, and by devoted business men : but the rightfulplace, which all such institutions should occupy, is that ofauxiliaries to Christian work, and their blessings shouldbe dispensed as the direct outcome and manifestation ofthe love and sympathy of Christ. Viewed in this light,medical missions sustain that true relation to human suf-fering which is, we believe, the Divine intention, and thepractical outcome of the Gospel of the Great Healer.

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CONCLUSION, 263 CHAPTER X. WE have, in these pages, endeavoured to plead theclaims of Medical Missions. We have advocatedthe more general employment of this agency, on theground that it is a method of missionary work not onlysanctioned, but enjoined, by the Master Himself, andthat the compassionate spirit of the Gospel claims, onbehalf of the less favoured nations, languishing in miseryand superstition, the consecration of medical science andskill. We have illustrated the value of this agency, alikeas a pioneer to missionary work, and as a direct meansof bringing the truth to bear upon the heart and con-science of individuals; and we have seen that medicalmissions are no mere experiment, but that they havebeen tried and tested in almost every land, and amongthe most prejudiced and erxlusive communities, and. 266 MEDICAL MISSIONS. moreover, that they have been most signally owned andblessed of God, in the furtherance of His cause andkingdom. The claims of the missionaries themselvesand

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