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They That Sat in Darkness
An Account of Rescue Work in Japan in the Words of the Rev. Yoshimichi Sugiura

New York: Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, [1912]

Chapter V. Mr. Wada's Journey to Northeast.

Mr. Wada, who undertook a delightful plan to preach the Gospel and the purport of the Union among the laborers outside of Tokyo, started for the tour on the ist April, 1909. But as the Union is not yet rich enough to pay the traveling expenses he had entirely to rely upon Christ's words to His disciples, when He sent them out preaching. It was a matter of course that he was quite prepared to take any work that God gives him on his way, and if necessary to sleep in the fields or on the mountainside. He pushed on his way northward, town after town, village after village, preaching in the street or in the chapel, in the schoolhouse or in the factory, always attracting a wonderfully great audience around him, and leaving the repentants to the care of the churches there. Of course, I had sent him money whenever I received the gift for it, but the difficulties he had encountered [22/23] were beyond imagination. By the mighty protection of God, however, he returned to Tokyo on 18th July, with more success than we had hoped, after going round even in some part of Hokkaido.

When he was staying" at the Arakawa mine, near the city of Akita, he actually became a miner, with a view to get acquaintance with those laborers in it, and worked with them. After a few days' labor he held a meeting in a schoolhouse and succeeded in gathering an audience of about 700 workingmen and officers of the mine. Such a large meeting was never held there before, notwithstanding the great effort of these officials, with a hope to give them the moral instruction. And therefore one of them has wrote to me thanking us for our work, and informed me that they will prepare to start a branch of the L. R. U. there in a near future.

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