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108 What Has Been Done for These People
An Interdenominational Model
The other reason why I want to say just a word about the Chicago
Tract Society is, the fact that the society has been from the very be-
ginning strictly evangelical and also thoroughly interdenominational.
No sectarian or denominational question has ever been allowed to
interfere with the work. At the beginning, almost twenty-nine years
ago, the organization was effected by ministers and laymen of eight
leading denominations. The work has grown and extended from year
to year and there is no evangelical denomination which has not been
helped, and which has not to some extent been brought into co-opera-
tion with others in the society. The work has been done in a way
to help all who love our Lord Jesus Christ. We have emphasized the
great truths of evangelical Christianity, in which we are all agreed;
and we have purposely passed by those minor matters wherein we
have sometimes differed. Now there are some of us, who have been
hoping and praying that in this new Alliance which we are forming
for the evangelization of Russia, this same thoroughly evangelical
and strictly interdenominational ideal might be realized.
The Russians in America
Many times in these recent months I have been asked how I came
to be especially interested in Russia. I have answered: "Because of
the fact that, for eighteen years, I have been associated with men who
were formerly workers in Russia, and who are now working among
the Russian-speaking people in America." Eighteen years ago, in
answer to prayer, God sent to us here in Chicago a Russian Polish
brother, Mr. Constantine Antoszewski. Many times he has told me
about his experiences among the people in Russia where he began
missionary work soon after his conversion; and it is a pleasure to me
to introduce him to you at this time. He will speak of the conditions
and needs among the Russian Poles who are here in the United States.
Before I tell you what has been done for my people in this
country, let me first say something of the difficulties which we
meet everywhere. The Bible, for instance, is a forbidden book;
and whenever we try to introduce it, the people tell us so. Again, we
hear everywhere that if one reads the Bible, he will become insane.
The last objection is that the common people cannot understand it.
These are the common objections to the Bible.

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