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Handbook, 1909
			

12                   Hand Book 1909.

THE MISSIONARY DEPARTMENT, A. M. E. CHURCH.
  The general office of this department is at 61 Bible
House, New  York city; Rev. W. W. Beckett, D. D., of
South Carolina, Secretary.  The splendid administration
of the Rev. Henry B. Parks, D. D., improved the condition
of our missionary life and work greatly. General Con-
ference in 1908 having elected Doctor Parks Bishop, also
elected Doctor Beckett as his successor. The supervision
and support of our foreign missionaries are dependent
upon this office; excepting the support of Bishops in
foreign lands which depends upon the Financial Office, in
common with that of other Bishops. The Secretary also
issues a paper monthly styled the "Voice of Missions."
The revenues of the office come from an annual collection
on Easter Day throughout the connection, one dollar from
every traveling minister, annually, and several thousand
dollars from the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary
Society. The funds of the Parent Woman's Mite Mission-
ary Society are administered under the supervision of this
Secretary and his board. The office supports several young
men from Africa in our universities. Doctor Beckett is
making an industrious canvass for increased aid for the
support of our foreign work. This work has grown much
larger than at the time of the General Conference, re-
quiring  corresponding  increase  in  patronage.        The
Church has yet to appreciate the great burden it has placed
on its own shoulders and the great equipment and oppor-
tunity in its hands for meeting all responsibilities conse-
quent. Doctor Beckett purposes to give us no rest till his
revenues shall have increased to dimensions equal to his
responsibilities. Following is a synopsis of his annual
report for the year 1908--'09.
Total receipts ........................................$12,930.40
Total expenditures .................................... 11,967.12
  Of this amount $7018.12 was the Easter Money received
for 1909 up to April 17th. The Doctor presented a state-




			
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Handbook, 1909


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