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Handbook, 1909
			


134                       Hand Book 1909.

charged in full its obligations to the Metropolitan Church,
Washington, D. C. and has made two payments on its pur-
chase of Bethel Institute, Capetown, South Africa.


            THE AFRICAN EPISCOPAL DISTRICTS.

         FOURTEENTH EPISCOPAL DISTRICT--SOUTH AFRICA.
       SECOND ANNUAL REPORT OF BISHOP J. ALBERT JOHNSON.
  To the Annual Meetinig or Council of Bishops of the African
Methodist Episcopl Church, Greeting:
DEAR BRETHREN:
  In submitting this my second annual statement of the condition of
the work in the 14th Episcopal District. I have first to profoundly
thank God for overmastering mercies and gracious guidance to the
end that much progress has attended our labors for furthering His
kingdom in this part of the continent of Africa.
  It has been possible to do much more traveling during the past year
than formerly because the Transvaal has been opened to the resident
Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. After an inter-
view with the Government at Pretoria in November, 1909 during which
interview the "purposes" of the said Church were thoroughly canvassed,
an order was issued under seal  "to enable  Bishop J. Albert John-
son of the African Methodist Church to visit and travel at any time
within the Transvaal for the purpose of supervising the work of that
Church," a matter of some import which greatly enheartened the
ministers and laity throughout the country * * * * * * * I accepted
the privilege and proceeded to visit and supervise.
  I presided over the annual session of the Transvaal Conference held
in Pretoria early in September, in the stone church called "Ethiopian"
where the first A. M. E. Conference in South Africa was organized in
1898, by the Right Reverend H. M. Turner. The Conference was in
every respect promising, even enthusiastic.
  The Wilberforce and Lillian Derrick Institute is largely under the
control of this Conference.  It owns by legal transfer twelve acres
of good land at a place called Evaton; ten acres of which I have had
put under cultivation. We have one building complete and two in
course of construction, the bricks for which are being made by male
students, under the direction of the principal teacher, Mr. Harsant
Tantsi, a former student of Wilberforce and Morris Brown Universities.
I shall be greatly disappointed if the school fails of its promise to
be a great boon to the natives. It is reasonably accessible to Rhodesia,
northern O. R. C. and Natal as well as Transvaal.  Of course it




			
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Handbook, 1909


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