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Schedule of matters requiring attention prior to visit of proposed simultaneous deputations to Madagascar, summer 1913

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Schedule of matters requiring attention prior to visit of proposed simultaneous deputations to Madagascar, summer 1913
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Refers to the simultaneous deputations from the London Missionary Society, the Friends' Foreign Mission Association and the Paris Missionary Society to Madagascar, July to October 1913

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PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
For use of Members of Madagascar Missions.
Schedule of Matters requiring attention prior to
visit of PROPOSED SIMULTANEOUS
DEPUTATIONS TO MADAGASCAR,
Summer, 1913.
(A.) GENERAL SURVEY.
1.Maps should be prepared by each Mission
showing the area occupied, marking the difference be-
tween stations and outstations, indicating where Euro-
pean and Malagasy workers reside, and the forms of
work carried on in each centre. Points of contact with
other Missions should be shown, and accompanying
statements should give particulars of the population and
Church membership in each district. A general Map of
the whole Island is also needed, showing the districts
occupied and the various language areas, administrative
divisions and centres, main trade routes and centres,
etc.
2.Information should be collected in reference to :
(a) Population of various districts and of the
whole Island,
(b) The recent changes in economic condi-
tions (such as development of local industries,
factories, etc., and their influence upon the life of
the people).


(c) The influence of recent changes upon the
development of the resources of the Island, and
their relation to the wealth of the people.
(d) The moral condition of the peoplein
the cities and in the countrystatistics as to
crime, etc.
(e) Any prospective developments, e.g. in
opening up new roads or railways, in establish-
ing new administrative centres, etc., etc.
3.Statistics, and, perhaps, charts might be sub-
mitted showing the growth of Christianity in Madagas-
car under such headings as :
(a) Growth in Church membership, attend-
ance at places of Worship, Sunday Schools, etc.
(b) The distribution of Christians in country
and town.
(c) The growth of self-support, showing local
contributions to support of Pastors, to building
of Churches, to general upkeep, to Educational
Work, to Home Missions, etc.
(d) The distribution (by sale or gift) of Bibles
and other Christian Literature.
(e) The growth in the number entering the
Christian Ministry, and engaging in other forms
of Christian Service1, Paid; 2, Voluntary.
N.B.These statistics should be prepared, if
possible, and as far as possible, for the work of
Roman Catholic as well as of Protestant Missions,


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4.Any general testimony as to the growth in
Christian character on the part of the Malagasy
Christians, increasing reliability, development in power
of leadership and in taking the initiative, etc., would be
of great value.
(B.) THE MALAGASY CHURCH AND WORKERS.
[To be answered by each Mission separately.
Questions (I.) 5, 6 and 7, and (II.) 7, 8, 9 and 10, to be
answered by individual missionaries.]
In addition to the general questions included under
(A), answers to the following particular questions will be
of value :
I.Malagasy Church.
1. What steps are being taken to educate the
Church on the lines of self-support P
2. To what extent is the Church self-governing,
and in what way, if at all, is it encouraged to be
more so P
3. What is the position of the missionary
in the Church P How far is his advice followed
in practice, and how far is he looked to for
initiative ?
4. Is the Church in spirit and aim a missionary
Church P How is this spirit being encouraged P
5. Does the work, educational and otherwise,
tend to the building up of a strong, independent
Church, or is it mainly fruitful in gathering
individual converts P


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6. How, in your opinion, can the principles of
self-support, self-government, and self-extension
be fostered and developed ? Do you consider any
modification of present methods necessary from
this point of view ?
7. Is it, in your view, a sound principle to
sustain a few strong centres from home, and to
attempt to carry on all work beyond these centres
by Malagasy workers and from local funds ?
II.The Malagasy Workers.
1. What training are these receiving ? And
are they all of one class ?
2. What is their scale of pay? Is there any
difference between town and country or in other
ways r
3. Have you any means of helping them to
continue their studies, e.g., by Summer Schools,
supply of books, courses of reading, etc. ?
4. How is their work supervised, and is the
system sufficient to meet the needs of the case ?
5. Are the Malagasy Churches prepared to
contribute to the cost of training workers ?
. Do you have written agreements with
those who enter upon a course of training ?
7. What staff is required fully to utilize
the opportunities presented in your district ?
Distinguish between pastors, evangelists and
teachers.


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8. Would higher salaries be helpful in getting
better men into the work ?
9. Do you set a high value on their work r
And how far do you think a further development
of the trained Malagasy worker might relieve the
missionary ?
10. Can you make any other suggestions with
regard to this matter ?
11. How far are the Malagasy encouraged to
give voluntary help in preaching, Sunday school
work, etc. ?
(C.) EDUCATIONAL WORK.
[(I) 2 and (II) 8, 9, 10, should be answered by in-
dividual Missionaries.]
Full particulars of the Educational Work now being
carried on should be submitted.
I.Government Education.
1. Garderies, Primary, Secondary and Special
Schoolswith number of teachers and scholars
differentiating between boys and girls.
2. The quality of Education given, and its
religious and moral influence.
3. Comparative figures on one or two heads
to show increase in recent years.
II.Mission Education (including, as far as
possible, Roman Catholic Schools).
1. The present work undertaken, and com-
parative figures as under I (under each Mission).


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2. The relation to the Government Educa-
tional System.
3. The proportion of Christian to Non-
Christian Teachers and boys in the various
grades.
4. What fees are charged r
5. The present course of study. How far is
there co-operation and co-ordination ?
6. To what extent is the training adapted to
indigenous thought and life, and how far is it
directed towards the raising up of a self-support-
ing Christian Community.
7. What part does French play in the
schools ?
8. How, in your opinion, may the Elementary
and other schools be improved, and can this be
done without greatly added expense ?
9. Is further co-operation desirable, e.g. in
the appointment of Joint Inspector r
10. How far should Elementary Education
still be given by Missions ?
(D.) MEDICAL WORK.
1. What have been the main results of the Medical
work done in the past ?
2. To what extent should present conditions modify
our policy in regard to this department r


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3- Is there a need for more
Hospitals ?
Medical Missionaries ?
Malagasy Mission Doctors r
Nurses ?
(a) In the Capital.
(b) In the Country.
4. Is it possible to extend the work in unevange-
lized parts of the Island through the aid of Medical
Missionaries ?
(E.) WOMEN'S WORK.
[The questions under this head should be answered
by individual missionaries.]
Kindly prepare a full statement, with statistics, as to
the specifically women's work in each Mission, and also
supply answers on the following specific points:
1. Is the girls' education fitting them for
life in the home, and can it be made to do so
more effectively ?
2. Have you a sufficient supply of women
teachers, and how are they being trained ?
3. What training do Bible women (or other
women workers) receive, and is it satisfactory r
Have you any means for following this up ?
4. What is the scale of pay for women
workers, and is it adequate r Would a larger
remuneration secure a better type of worker ?


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5. Can you make any suggestions for the
improvement and development of women's work ?
Is further co-operation in training (or otherwise)
desirable or possible r
(F.) CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORK.
1. Are the children of Church members properly
trained in the rudiments of the Christian faith ?
2. Are modern methods used in the Sunday schools,
and how far are they successful r
3. What other methods are used for reaching the
children and with what success r
4. Are the young people adequately provided for,
and are they, generally speaking, throwing their energies
into the work of the Church ?
5. What methods are used for keeping the young
people and engaging them in Church work ?
6. Can you suggest any improvements which might
be introduced into the work for children and young
people r
(G.) FINANCE.
1. Please state the total amount of money expended
in your district by your Society (apart from missionaries'
salaries and other such personal expenses).
2. What amount is raised locally, and how is this
distributed as between town and country churches r
3. How is the expenditure divided between the
different sections of the work r


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4- How much more money could, with advantage,
be spent on the work in the districts already occupied r
5. Can you form any estimate of the probable
increase in local contributions in the next five or
ten years r
(H.) THE RELATION OF THE MISSIONS TO ONE
ANOTHER AND TO THE PROBLEM OF UNITY.
Particulars on the following points will be needed:
1. Experience in co-operation in Church work, in
Educational work, training of Pastors and Evangelists,
Medical work, etc.
2. The various Church Polities, the question of a
common statement of Faith, conditions of entrance into
the Church, interchange of Membership, and system of
Church Government.
3. How far further lines of co-operation appear
feasible to those on the field.
(I.) THE RELATION OF MISSIONARY SOCIETIES
AND THE MALAGASY CHURCH TO THE FRENCH
GOVERNMENT.
1. The administration of Law as it aftects Evange-
listic, Church, Educational, Medical and Literary work,
the holding of property by the Missions or the Malagasy
Church, etc.
2. Any special grievances which are felt at the
present time, or which have been felt recently.
3. Any recent improvement in the administration
of the Laws in reference to religious matters as seen
in the towns and in the country districts respectively.


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(J.) POLICY AND GENERAL QUESTIONS.
1. Are there any particular classes in the com-
munity that are not being reached by missionary effort?
2. Are there any large areas as yet quite
unevangelized?
3. Are there any directions in which extension
could profitably be carried out, and, it so, which are the
most urgent?
4. Is there any place where concentration would be
helpful, and in what directions would withdrawal of
missionary forces or foreign funds be least felt?
5. Can you suggest any means by which the work
in Madagascar can be brought more effectively before
the home Churches?
6. Do you think the language attainments of
missionaries satisfactory? Is any union in language
study undertaken, and could anything further be
accomplished in this direction?
7. Can you make any suggestions as to ways in
which new missionaries can be enabled to see out-
standing examples of work, and be helped to understand
the problems of missionary work in Madagascar?
8. On what points would you lay most stress in
outlining a policy for Madagascar Missions at the
present time? .






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PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL. For use of Members of Madagascar Missions. Schedule of Matters requiring attention prior to visit of PROPOSED SIMULTANEOUS DEPUTATIONS TO MADAGASCAR, Summer, 1913. (A.) GENERAL SURVEY. 1.-MAPS should be prepared by each Mission showing the area occupied, marking the difference between stations and outstations, indicating where European and Malagasy workers reside, and the forms of work carried on in each centre. Points of contact with other Missions should be shown, and accompanying statements should give particulars of the population and Church membership in each district. A general Map of the whole Island is also needed, showing the districts occupied and the various language areas, administrative divisions and centres, main trade routes and centres, etc. 2.-Information should be collected in reference to: (a) Population of various districts and of the whole Island. (b) The recent changes in economic conditions (such as development of local industries, factories, etc., and their influence upon the life of the people).

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2 (c) The influence of recent changes upon the development of the resources of the Island, and their relation to the wealth of the people. (d) The moral condition of the people-in the cities and in the country-statistics as to crime, etc. (e) Any prospective developments, e.g. in opening up new roads or railways, in establishing new administrative centres, etc., etc. 3.-Statistics, and, perhaps, charts might be submitted showing the growth of Christianity in Madagascar under such headings as : (a) Growth in Church membership, attendance at places of Worship, Sunday Schools, etc. (b) The tiistribution of Christians in country and town. (c) The growth of self-support, showing local contributions to support of Pastors, to building of Churches, to general upkeep, to Educational Work, to Home Missions, etc. (d) The distribution (by sale or gift) of Bibles and other Christian Literature. (e) The growth in the number entering the Christian Ministry, and engaging in other forms of Christian Service--1, Paid; 2, Voluntary. N.B.-These statistics should be prepared, if possible, and as far as possible, for the work of Roman Catholic as well as of Protestant Missions.

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3 4.-Any general testimony as to the growth in Christian character on the part of the Malagasy Christians, increasing reliability, development in power of leadership and in taking the initiative, etc., would be of great value. (B.) THE MALAGASY CHURCH AND WORKERS. [To be answered by each Mission separately. Questions (l.) 5, 6 and 7, and (II.) 7, 8, 9 and ro, to be answered by individual missionaries.] In addition to the general questions included under (A), answers to the following particular questions will be of value: I.-MALAGASY CHURCH. r. What steps are being taken to educate the Church on the lines of self-support ? 2. Towhatextent is the Church self-governing, and in what way, if at all, is it encouraged to be more so? 3 What is the position of the missionary 111 the Church i How far is his advice followed 111 practice, and how far is he looked to for initiative ? 4 Is the Church in spirit and aim a missionary Church? How is this spirit being encouraged? 5 Does the work, educational and otherwise, tend to the building up of a strong, independent Church, or is it mainly fruitful in gathering individual converts ?

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4 6. How, in your opinion, can the principles of self-support, self-government, and self-extension be fostered and developed ? Do you consider any modification of present methods necessary from this point of view i 7. Is it, in your view, a sound principle to sustain a few strong centres from home, and to attempt to carry on all work beyond these centres by Malagasy workers and from local funds i Il.-THE MALAGASY WORKERS. I. What training are these receiving i And are they all of one class i 2. What is their scale of pay? Is there any difference between town and country or in other ways? 3 Have you any means of helping them to continue their studies, e.g., by Summer Schools, supply of books, courses of reading, etc.? 4 How is their work supervised, and is the system sufficient to meet the needs ofthe case i 5 Are the Malagasy Churches prepared to contribute to the cost of training workers ? 6. Do you have written agreements with those who enter upon a course of training? 7. What staff is required fully to utilize the opportunities presented in your district i Distinguish pastors, evangelists and teachers.

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5 8. Would higher salaries be helpful in getting better men into the work? g. Do you set a high value on their work? And how far do you think a further development of the trained Malagasy worker might relieve the missionary ? I o. Can you make any other suggestions with regard to this matter ? I I. How far are the Malagasy encouraged to give voluntary help in preaching, Sunday school work, etc.? (C.) EDUCATIONAL WORK. [(I) 2 and (II) 8, g, 10, should be answered by individual Missionaries.] Full particulars of the Educational Work now being carried on should be submitted. I.-GOVERNMENT EDUCATION. I. Garderies, Primary, Secondary and Special Schools-with number of teachers and scholarsdiff-erentiating between boys and girls. 2. The quality of Education given, and its religious and moral influence. 3 Comparative figures on one or two heads to show increase in recent years. H.-MISSION EDUCATION (including, as far as possible, Roman Catholic Schools). I. The present work undertaken, and comparative figures as under I (under each Mission).

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6 2. The relation to the Government Educational System. 3 The proportion of Christian to NonChristian Teachers and boys in the various grades. 4 What fees are charged i 5 The present course of study. How far is there co-operation and co-ordination ? 6. To what extent is the training adapted to indigenous thought and life, and how far is it directed towards the raising up of a self-supporting Christian Community. 7 What part does French play 111 the schools? 8. How, in your opinion, may the Elementary and other schools be improved, and can this be done without greatly added expense? 9 Is further co-operation desirable, e.g. 111 the appointment of Joint Inspector? 10. How far should Elementary Education still be given by Missions ? (D.) MEDICAL WORK. 1. What have been the main results of the Medical work done in the past ? 2. To what extent should present conditions modify our policy in regard to this department i

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7 3 Is there a need for more Hospitals? Medical Missionaries ? Malagasy Mission Doctors ; Nurses? (a) In the Capital. (b) In the Country. 4 Is it possible to extend the work in unevangelized parts of the Island through the aid of Medical Missionaries ? (E.) WOMEN'S WORK. [The questions under this head should be answered by individual missionaries. J Kindly prepare a full statement, with statistics, as to the specifically women's work in each Mission, and also supply answers on the following specific points: 1. Is the girls' education fitting them for life in the home, and can it be made to do so more effectively? 2. Have you a sufficient supply of women teachers, and how are they being trained ? 3 What training do Bible women (or other women workers) receive, and i<> it satisfactory? Have you any means for following this up ? 4 What is the scale of pay for women workers, and is it adequate ? Would a larger remuneration secure a better type of worker I

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8 5. Can you make any suggestions for the improvement and development of women's work? Is further co-operation in training (or otherwise) desirable or possible ? (F.) CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORK. 1. Are the children of Church members properly trained in the rudiments of the Christian faith ? 2. Are modern methods used in the Sunday schools, and how far are they successful ? 3 \iVhat other methods are used for reaching the children and with what success? 4 Are the young people adequately provided for, and are they, generally speaking, throwing their energies into the work of the Church ? 5. What methods are used for keeping the young people and engaging them in Church work? 6. Can you suggest any improvements which might be introduced into the work for children and young people? (G.) FINANCE. 1. Please state the total amount of money expended in your district by your Society (apart from missionaries' salaries and other such personal expenses). 2. V.That amount il'?. raised locally, and how is this distributed as between town and country churches ? 3 How is the expenditure divided between the different sections of the work ?

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9 4 How much more money could, with advantage, be spent on the work in the districts already occupied? 5 Can you form any estimate of the probable increase in local contributions in the next five or ten years? (H.) THE RELATION OF THE MISSIONS TO ONE ANOTHER AND TO THE PROBLEM OF UNITY. Particulars on the following points will be needed : I. Experience in co-operation ,in Church work, 111 Educational work, training of Pastors and Evangelists, Medical work, etc. 2. The various Church Polities, the question of a common statement of Faith, conditions of entrance into the Church, interchange of Membership, and system of Church Government. 3 How far further lines of co-operation appear feasible to those on the field. (I.) THE RELATION OF MISSIONARY SOCIETIES AND THE MALAGASY CHURCH TO THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT. I. The administration of Law as it aftects Evangelistic, Church, Educational, Medical and Literary work, the holding of property by the Missions or the Malagasy Church, etc. 2. Any special grievances which are felt at the present time, or which have been felt recently. J. Any recent improvement in the administration of the Laws in reference to religious matters as seen in the towns and in the country districts respectively.

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IO (J.) POLICY AND GENERAL QUESTIONS. I. Are there any particular classes in the community that are not being reached by missionary effort ? z. Are there any large areas as yet quite unevangelized ? 3 Are there any directions in which extension could profitably be carried out, and, it so, which are the most urgent i 4 Is there any place where concentration would be helpful, and in what directions would withdrawal of missionary forces or foreign funds be least felt ? 5 Can you suggest any means by which the work m Madagascar can be brought more effective! y betore the home Churches ? 6. Do you think the language attainments of missionaries satisfactory ? Is any union in language study. undertaken, and could anything further be accomplished in this direction? 7 Can you make any suggestions as to ways in which new missionaries can be enabled to see outstanding examples of work, and be helped to understand the problems of missionary work in Madagascar? 8. On what points would you lay most stress m outlining a policy for Madagascar Missions at the present time i


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