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  \ / /  JU. Travel Notes-Thailand and Malaya Duringthe past few monthsIhad the opportunity to travel ^d o observe conditions in the Far East; an area which is of crilic^ importanceduring this period of thecoldwar.Ofcourse we are notso much interested in the political situation exceptas it affects the o opportunity to preach the Gospel ãydiich it does to a large extent. Icame to Thailand with the preconceived idea that it was fast becoming saturated with missionaries,but was soondissabused of that idea.  e missionaries vho faithfully laborthere are notnearly enough toreachtheunreached in their generation. The time to strike in lhailand is now, inhile the government is favorableand the people Mrs.andIwere disappointed in not being able to visit the field whereChurch of ^hrist work is centered, but we did have thepleasure of meetingwiththeGalloways,Byers,andGarlandBares in ^oundtable diseussion of mission topics. We enjoyed also meeting ^ss i Williams, Mr Macdonald and  tiie JRussell Morses Wg thoroughlyenjoyeai the extented visit with Brother Morse while he was waiting forhis Burma Visa We -personally realized the great need for aReceiving Home in Bangkok for our missionaries,but we didnot feel called for th t work have all bemoaned the factof the closing of the doors China^ but seemed to haveclosedoureyes to the farther iact mat te- rhere aremillionsof  ^inese in the free countries of S.E. about Tidiich we are doing absolutely nothing. We shouldby ^ means have centre built arAunda Bible College, in Formosa, Hongkong or Singapore. If we asapeoplehavea plea, and if we are to have impact upon the new thina ^idaich is aboutto emerge, we must beabout the taskoftraining a nativeleadership. Tn passingI would like tosay that Icansincerelythank God for those bits of territory where the British flag still waves. Singaporehasthe name of beinga city of sin,but it is the cle^est andI believed the best governed of any city in theEast whichIhave visited. Its public housing project is most successful. On ajourney fromSingapore to MalaccaI saw many new villages constructedby government. Whole Chinese villages hadbeenremovedfrom jungle areas .wheretheywere subject to terroization byred b^dits, relocat edneara main highway,and entirely surroundedbybarbwireenclosure   Gates are closed and guards stationed at night. Atone stroke the goverhmentdeprived thebandits of their source of foodandgave p protectiontothevillagers. The Gospel may be freely preached inthe These villages,but as yet there is noonegoing Edgar Nicjjols NEXT WEEIC MY VISIT TO BORNEO 5 Don t miss this exciting episode.  S Pramuan ttd» BangkokyThjallasid August 21, 1955. Dfear Mac: Greetings in His precious Name Ihope ^and yours are well, and IImow you are keepingbusy. I believe Mre Nichols forwarded an  rticle I had v/ritten some time ago. I Xear she also copied an appendage that was meant for her, just a bit offoolietoess.l^w^der whatyou thought. I donot  now if youcan us^^hese at all,seems w have so little space for mission news ahymore,and the missionaries are getting so numerous. I sometimes get pretty discouraged and  Lsgusted with ourchurches,and wonderwhat it will take to wake them up  f you don<t keepyour name before thepublic all, the time your supportdrops, if youdoJjou are a^heggar . I head nothing but thehighest praisefor the missionary papeant staged by you at the N.A. in Canton,and I was hoping that wouldmark a change and you would receive adequate support for the much needed workyou are doing. But I see you are struggling along withinadequate support like most of the rest o£ us. Perhaps thetrouble is that we have notlearned hownto pray with no thought of self; to let t^eother fellow be increased while we decrease. I was thinking of myself then. And it looks like ots a decrease all along the line,just let there be a mention of  depression in the papers and Missionary giving starts to drop. ***At least  He is faithful we are not suffering, only if we were ordered home I do not know where we would findt the money for sea-passage. We have been virtually refused entrance to Brunei, but haveasked for reconsideration.  f you know of anyone who might be interested in Brunei or N. Borneo, we could give them informatio that might be of help, but it is very difficult toget in; impossible,I think unless one has some contact residing there. The American Gonsul is hopeful ,that our boys will be allowed to enter under the new Refugee Immigration law. We will probably go to Hawaii,but arenot ready to make public annoxmcement. MayGod bless you all, yours in Him,  My VISIT TO  ORNEO It seems that most of us,when we think of Borneo, there comes to our mind thatline from an old song  The Wild Man of Borneo has just come to town . I did not see any  wild men , but I didi see plenty who were without a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. I must myselfconfess to an ignorance of things Bomeon, and perhaps it would be well to catch up ab bit on the geographyand historyof that region.All Borneo is at present divide into two parts Indo nesian Borneo,and British Borneo. British BodnSorih divided into three states Sarawak and NorthBorneo, which are Crown Colonies, and Brunei which is a native state under British protection. The l^Moslem Sultan of Brunei is the nominal ruler and has the last word in matters religious. This makes it difficult forProtestant missions to enter. Sarawak follows a policy of enforced comity, and it is virtually impossible for new Missions to get a start. There are independent missionaries working in NorthBorneo,and Iam of the opinion that: here are wide opportunities for service and the chances for gaining entrance arequite good. Borneo sita astraddle the Equator, and theclimate is decidedly tropical. However,along thecoast where the cities arelocated the heat is tempered by a coolbreeze from the sea. The coastal plain is rather narrow and coveredwith mangrove swamps or otherwiseheavi ly forested. Inside this belt is broken country alsoheavily forested risin«.to a backbone of mountains, 4000 ft in altitude. Travel is lar^ly by water,along the coast andjrp the rivers. The longest all- weatfer highway inthe colonies being not more than 50 miles in length The hard packedsand of the beach on a receeding tidei§in some cases used as a road. Life in. the interior is extremely primitive. The people of Bl?ittl iBorneo are the Malaya, who are Moslems and live along the coast. SeaByaks LandE^raks Melanaus Du^ns andMuruts. The Dusuns are a tribe of North Borneowhich have tflrtb Christianity in large numbers.Muruts simply means  hill-dwellers and there are many different tribes of these. The lamguages of some of these tribes have not yet been reduced to writing. The Chinese are the largest non-indigenous group, their connections with the island goingback severalcenturies. They are the the business men,shop-keepers and. white collar workers. Myprinciple objectivein Borneo was Seria the oil metropolis of Brunei. Here and in Kuala Belait are housed the 17,000 employees of the British Malayan PetroleumCo., and their families. Alarge proportion of these have been imported from Ceylon, India Singapore and Hongkong, and consequently speak English. It seemed a good opportunity to do a work in English. The opportunity is there alright. I have not seen such anotherbee-hive of activity and efficiency on this side the Pacific. Giant bulldozers areclearing the jungle; giants of the forest crash down and are pushed up into hugh mounds,gas flares are lighted beneath until they are dried ou t and will finally burn. Tournapulls roar in with loads of sand and gravel filling lov; places and making roads. Houses sprlngpup and canbe seen in every stage of C05ii litibQn,as in a large housing projectin the Ststes. But still therearenot houses enough, for this fast growing project. The tragedy isithat though there are houses for entertainment and amusement,there is no house forthe wor ship of God. There is one R. C. Mission and day school and a smalll Anglican Church. I heard that there was a small  evangelical group meeting in one of the Homes,but in my short stay I failed to make contact with them. To seechildren of miny races and all shades of color; iajiitiads of children well dressed intelligent eager,surrounded by y.lthe comforts of modern living, but beingbrought up in athdSg^ughly materialistic atmosphere a society whichdoes not deny God but lives as if Hewere not; that presents a real challenge. More prayer power needs to be brought to focus here that God»sman may be permitted to enter.   t is always interesting tosee what other Missions are doing. V^lhileI was on the island of Labuan, waiting for the boat which would take toe back to Singapore, the mission plane from Lawas arrived. Perhaps I should explain that Labuan, in BruneiBay,has the largest Airport and is one of the busiest seaports in Borneo. I met Mr. Bruce Morton, the pilot and he invited me to accompany him to Lawas for a short visit which I was glad to do. Lav/as is the headquarters of The Borneo EvangelicalMission, an Australian Mission organized along the lines of the China Inland Mission Here they have their Bible School,where some70 students,men and womOT,were being prpared for their work as evangelists and Bible womiSi . The students work part time on theschool farm raisinga part of their food,and at the sametime learning newmethods of rice growing. It is thepolicyofthe B E M to establish indigen ouschurches and free them from any control bythemission. Naturally the trainingof a native leadership is thekeystone of theplan. The B E M uses the modern toils of radio and the airplane to great advantage. Each station has short wave transmitter and receiver. Everymorning at calluptime,the weather healthofMiss- ionaries,report on thework,special developements orneeds,are reported byeach station. The wherabouts of the plane and its route for the day is announced.I believe that the plane and radio.used together add 50 totheefficiency of theforce on the field;that is like addingan extra for everytwo already engaged in the task. Besides this there is their great value in sickmess or other emergencies Iwas told by missionaries of the B.E.M. that much remains to bedone and m^y tribes are still unreached both in Sarawakand NorthBorneo. ThEiCfitare scbtoertribes which are extremely primitive havingnoproperdwellings and practicing a shiftingcultivation There are others which are lilterly dying out be cause of their demoralized condition and dissolute customs.They gather in their  long house ,both men and women for drinking bouts which lastall night,and sometimes severalnights running. It is sort of a contest in which in which each inturn drinks rice beer out of ahugh Jar set in the middle of the room each drinking througha straw down to certain mark.Whilethey drink,the others sing, andtheyseem to workthemselves to a state of self-hypnosis. Often the Jar is refilled with plain water,but they goon drinking Just the same. One canimaginewhat other anti-social acts accompany these bouts, andwhat kind of attention the babies and children get while it is goingon.Thesepeople are open to thegospel, but there is noone at presentto take  t to them. We believe that there is One who canssreefrom the uttermost to the uttermost, but if Hismessenger does not reachthese people soon,it is going to be too late Shall we not pray that God smessenger will come soon, and that government regulations will prove no bar (4t.
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