The London Times23 July 1889

ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY’S MISSION TO THE ASSYRIAN CHRISTIANS.

ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY’S MISSION TO THE ASSYRIAN CHRISTIANS.-Yesterday afternoon a meeting was held in the grounds of Argyll-lodge, the residence of the Duke of Argyll, at Kensington, to consider the position of the mission to the Assyrian Christians. The Archbishop of Canterbury presided, and was supported by the Duke of Argyll and other ladies and gentlemen. The Archbishop in opening the proceedings gave an account of the position of the Christians in Assyria. He considered that their condition could not be improved by mere patchwork. What they had to do was to strengthen the weak. They must go right to the root, of the matter. The true mode of action was to elevate the true Christian spirit of the people. They should request the Turkish Government to do its best to restrain the turbulent Kurds who committed great outrages upon the Assyrian Christians. So far as the Persian Government was concerned, he had it from the Shah himself that he was “ the most tolerant Sovereign in the world.” He considered that this was an immediate charity, the improvement of a most interesting people. They could not suffer the candle of the Lord’s Church to die out. The Duke of Argyll said he knew from his political experience how great was the need for help from this country experienced by the Christian people in Eastern countries. The only two Mahomedan Powers of any importance–Turkey and Persia–were rapidly declining, and it was the duty of this country to do all it could to prevent the collapse of these two Powers. On the proposition of the Dean of Rochester, the following resolution was unanimously carried :-“ That this meeting expresses its gratitude to almighty, God for the continua1 success that He has granted to, the Archbishop’s Mission, to the Assyrian Christians, and its earnest resolve that by His help the work shall be carried on and developed.” An other resolution, proposed by Bishop French, to the effect that the meeting rejoiced to hear of the proposed extension of the work to the training, and education of the women and girls of the Assyrian nation, was also agreed to. The proceedings terminated with a vote of thanks to the Duke of Argyll for the use of his grounds.



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