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Official Report of the Fifteenth International Christian Endeavor Convention


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   - Official Report of the Fifteenth International Christian Endeavor Convention

Excerpt from Official Report of the Fifteenth International Christian Endeavor Convention: Held in Central Hall, Tent Williston, Tent Washington, Tent Endeavor and the Churches, Washington, D. C., July 8-13, 1896

And when the delegates did set out to sec Washington, they saw it wisely and well; and to do this is to receive no slight education.

Not even the worst the Weather Bureau could do in the way of rain and wind beating down Tent Williston, and in the way of heat, served to dampen or wither the quiet enthusiasm. Discomforts were routed with a song. Hindrances were overleaped by zeal.

Some familiar Convention features were absent, or less marked than usual. We seem to have said farewell to the State "yell;" may it be forever! While the singing in the tents, and especially from the glorious choirs, was unsurpassed, the singing on the streets was slight. Washington was too interesting, and too hot. The "buzzer" was almost never used; the speakers kept to time.

There were some notable innovations, which deserve to become permanent. One of these is the holding of separate evangelistic services for men only and for women only. These meetings, at which some remarkable addresses were made, produced a decided and powerful effect.

Then there were the stereopticon lectures. There is no reason why we should not have an eye convention, as well as an ear convention and a mouth convention.

The meetings for citizens of the Convention city were held while the Endeavorers were attending their State rallies. It has always seemed a little selfish, though necessary, to bar from the sessions the people who have done so much to make them possible.

There were two magnificent mass-meetings, each devoted to a single theme of surpassing and immediate interest to the Christian world, - the session that considered the Armenians, and the Sabbath observance rally. Profoundly pathetic and appealing as was the Armenian meeting, and certain to result in immense blessing to our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters across the sea, we feel that the Sabbath observance rally, less dramatic, less thronged, though finely attended, will be productive of results more far-reaching and profound than any other session of the entire Convention.

The daily Bible-studies, under a competent leader, were another new feature, and one whose success at Washington certainly calls for its continuance in the Conventions to come. These great gatherings, based as they always have been on God's word and doing highest honor to it, should give definite and practical help and stimulus toward its study.

For the first time, in addition to the Junior rally, - and such a glorious Junior rally was never held. - an entire morning was devoted to a Junior workers' conference. Undoubtedly, from the standpoint of a practical worker, this was among the best sessions of the Convention.

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