This little book has been written, first, with the purpose of giving a clear picture of the conditions, customs, and character of theO tetela Tribe, inC entral A frica, among which theM ethodist Episcopal Church, South, began missionary work during the first part of 1914; second, with the desire of setting forth the history, splendid success to date, and the great promise of the future usefulness of this mission; and, third, with the earnest prayer that many of its readers may be helped through it to yield their lives more fully to the leadership of God sS pirit and to the extension of his kingdom in all lands. It is also hoped that this simple story of those people inC entral Africa and the mission work among them may be of great inspiration to theE pworth Leaguers especially, since almost from the very beginning they have assumed the entire responsibility for financing this mission and to a large extent for manning it with recruits from their ranks. Grateful acknowledgment is given to all those who have in numerous ways assisted in the preparation of this volume. Especial mention should be made of the various missionaries of theM ethodist Episcopal Congo Mission, from whose articles and letters numerous quotations have been made, the use of which it has been requested be made with the writers names held in reserve. We are deeply grateful toP rof. Garfield Evans, of Epworth League Central Office at Nashville, Tenn., for his timely suggestions as to certain parts and paragraphs, for corrections, proof reading, and the assuming of the practical responsibility of the editing. We are also largely indebted to him for the closing reflections, meditation, and prayer of each chapter.
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