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PRESBYTERIAN 



MISSION 



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THE MISSION 

Embraces a Church, a Sabbath School and a Day School. 

The Religious Idea and Aim of the Mission may be briefly stated : — 

1. We read and teach the Bible. The command, "Search the Scrip- 
tures," we are faithfully endeavoring to obey, and enthuse the idea into the 
minds of our pupils. 

2. Recognizing that the Gospel is God's message to fallen man, and 
that it alone can and will, when applied and obeyed, correct all evils, we 
Preach the Gospel. 

3. And we are training young men to preach this glorious Gospel. 
Ten years ago we planted our church ; since then five young men have 
gone from its membership as candidates for the ministry. These young 
men, and others from our school, are pursuing their studies in Lincoln 
University and in the Western Theological Seminary. 

4. We are training teachers to unfold truth and mould the character 
of the young through the teaching and application of the truth contained in 
the Gospel. Our constant aim is to prepare Christian missionaries. 

5. We are doing the work thoroughly. 

6. This work has been accomplished with much difficulty. The lack 
of prompt and ample financial support makes the present work hard, and is 
a serious hindrance to the attainment of greater results. 



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The Immanuel Mission, 



— AT— 

HIKEN, S. C. 

Located on the corner of Richland Avenue and York Street, near 

the Bush House. 

Rev. W. R. COLES, Supt. 



This Institution was established in 1 88 1 , and is for the education of 
colored youth. 

DERBY HALL. 




BOARDING DEPARTMENT. 



We are solving the Great Problem of Humanity, by holding up the 
Light, and teaching fallen man the Way of Life. 

The Mission has the best endorsement of competent judges. Of the 
many, we call special attention to the following : — 

May 2 2d, 1893. 
Rev. W. R. Coles, the Principal of the Immanuel Training School, at 
Aiken, S. C, is a hard-working, self-denying worker for his race. His 
school is under our care, and we have all confidence in him, and are grateful 
to all benevolent friends who are inclined to assist him. 

EDWARD P. COWAN, 

Corresponding Secretary of the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church. 

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By the Board of Missions for Freedmen : 

" The Immanuel School at Aiken, S. C, is one of our best schools!' 
(Annual Report of the Board for 1891 and 1892, page iS.) 

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THE MISSION EMBRACES — 
A Church, 

Sunday-School, 

Day-School, 

With Boarding 

And Industrial Departments. 

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ITS AIM IS TO EDUCATE— 

The Mind to Think, 

The Hand to Work, 

The Heart to Love 

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IN 1892 AND 1893, WE— 

Enrolled 260 Students, 

Fifty in the Boarding Department. 

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To the Friends of the Colored Race : 

This will certify that the undersigned has been familiar with the work- 
ings of the Immanuel Presbyterian Mission for the past five-and-a-half years. 
I look upon it as a necessity, and cannot commend too highly the manage- 
ment of the Rev. W. R. Coles, Superintendent. Under him it has been a 
noble witness, and its promise is very bright. 

J. C. OEHLER, 
Pastor of the Southern Presbyterian Church, Aiken, S. C. 




IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. 

Preaching, at n A. M. 

Preaching at 8 P. M. 

Sunday-School, . . . . . . 4 P. M. 

Prayer Meeting, Wednesday 8 P. M, 

Popular Lecture, Friday, . . . . . 8 P. M. 

All are cordially invited, especially strangers. 

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This is to certify that I am acquainted with the Rev. W. R. Coles, and 
have seen, during several years past, the excellent effect of his preaching, 
teaching and example upon his own race, both adults and scholars, and can 
recommend that he be helped to enlarge his boundaries and given additional 
powers of usefulness. Respectfully, 

\V. W, WOOLSEY, 
President of the Aiken Co. Loan and Savings Batik, Aiken, S. C. 
July 8, 1892. 

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I take great pleasure in commending the Industrial and Normal and 
Christian work of the Rev. Wm. R. Coles, in Aiken, S. C. His work is an 
outcome of our work, and we are honored by his success. I have the 
highest confidence in his honor, in his common sense, in his integrity, and 
in his unselfish devotion to the cause of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

ISAAC N. RENDALL, 

President of Lincoln University. 



From Dr. Cattell, formerly President of Lafayette College, Faston, Pa., and now 
Secretary of the Presbyterian Board of Ministerial Relief. 

Philadelphia, Oct. 7, 1892. 
I am well acquainted with the Rev. W. R. Coles, Stated Clerk of the 
Synod of Atlantic and pastor of our church in Aiken, S. C, and have 
formed a very high opinion of his executive and scholarly ability, his good 
common sense and his sincere devotion to his work. My personal inspec- 
tion of the field during a recent visit to the Synod has impressed me with 
the very great importance of such a "Mission" as he has established at 
Aiken, and of which he is the efficient Superintendent. I sincerely trust 
that his appeal to Christian people in the North for means to still further 
enlarge the usefulness of this Mission will meet with a generous response. 

W. C. CATTELL. 

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WE TRAIN — 

Girls for Domestic, 

Boys for various kinds of Labor. 

Prepare Teachers and 

Candidates for the Ministry. 
THE SCHOOL YEAR IS— 

Eight months, from October 1st to June 1st. 

TUITION AND BOOKS— 

From $5 to $15 per year, according to grade. 

TUITION AND BOARDING, $60. 

THE DAILY SESSIONS ARE— 

From 9 A. M. to 12 M. 
From 1 P. M. to 3 P. M. 

MUSICAL AND RHETORICAL EXERCISES— 

Every Friday, from 11 to 12 M. 

Visitors always Welcome. 
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From the Rev. Alex. Henry, Pastor of the Hermon Presbyterian Church, 
Presbytery of Philadelphia North. 

Hermon Manse, 
Frankford, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 7, 1892. 
I am personally acquainted with the Rev. W. R. Coles. He is pastor 
of a Presbyterian Church in Aiken, S. C. ; Stated Clerk of the Synod of 
Atlantic, and Superintendent of the Immanuel Presbyterian Mission. The 
work in which he is engaged is well worthy of the sympathy and aid of 
Christian men and women. ALEX. HENRY. 



From "Home Mission Monthly" for April, i8gj. 




COTTAGE WHERE WORK OF THE IMMAIMUEL MISSION BEGAN. 



THE IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN MISSION. 

This very successful work, at Aiken, S. C, established by Rev. VV. R. Coles, 
in 1881, is not unknown to many of the readers of this magazine; for some of 
them have visited Aiken, seen the work and can testify as to its merits. 

Considering the fact that Presbyterianism had not been known among the 
colored people of Aiken until Mr. Coles undertook work there, it may safely be 
said that the success has been great. 



We quote the following from the annual report : 



"The work which was begun 'as an experiment' in a small rented cottage, a 
little more than ten years ago, has surmounted difficulties, overcome obstacles, 
gained favor with God and man, until it has assumed a large, fixed and useful atti- 
tude in this community, that commends it to all classes of people. These are not 
mere assertions. They are statements that are well supported by evidence to be 
seen on the ground, and learned from eye-witnesses. 

" We think it quite safe to say, that ten years of successful work has demon- 
strated the right of the mission to exist, and that its present work and prospective 
usefulness merit increased confidence and enlarged support." 



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During the past month, Dr. Cowen, Corresponding Secretary of the Board for 
Freedmen, spent two days in Aiken. He says of this mission: " It is a healthy 
plant, neatly kept, and doing good work in every department." 

The attendance in school has reached over 200. More room is needed for the 
accommodation of the boarding department. 

An effort has been made to establish an industrial department. The sewing 
department is now established, a carpenter shop opened, and it is hoped that before 
the next scholastic year a suitable building for these and other industrial pursuits 
will have been secured. 



SHALL AND IS. 



" Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God." — Psalm, 68 : 31. 

These words were written by King David nearly 3000 years ago. He 
spoke of the future, and used the word " Shall." We speak of the present, 
and use the word "Is." 

See picture on opposite page. 

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Columbia, S. C, July 14, 1892. 

It gives me pleasure to state that 1 have watched with interest and 
satisfaction the work done by Rev. W. R. Coles, at Aiken, S. C. Mr. Coles 
is a gentleman of refinement and culture, and his presence and labors are a 
power for good in that community. His school has taken a strong hold on 
the people, and is successfully supplying a want long felt. Every dollar 
contributed to that enterprise is well spent, and will be productive of lasting 
good to the colored people of South Carolina. 

J. G. CLINKSCALES, 

Professor of Mathematics in Columbia Female College and former Clerk 
to Superintendent of Education. 



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Ethiopia " «" stretching out her hands unto God. 




This is a picture of one 
of our Boarding Schol- 
ars. He was born in 1881, 
at Donda, Africa, near the 
Congo River. His history 
is both interesting and 
striking, illustrating the 
Great Truth : " God moves 
in a mysterious way." 



Biddle University, 
Charlotte, N. C, 

July 7, 1892. 
To the Friends of Christian 

Education jor the Colored 

People : 

From personal contact 
and observation I know of 
the extent and importance 
of the work of Rev. W. R. 
Coles, at Aiken, South 
Carolina, which includes 
Church and Normal and 
Industrial School, and I 
know of no similar enter- 
prise which is more worth}' 
of the practical sympathy 
and support of Christian 
people. 

Very respectfully, 
D. J. SANDERS, 

President of Biddle University and 
Editor of the " Africa- American 
Presbyterian." 



JOHN F. TENTEE. 



References. 



TS^fE, whose names are signed below, have visited Aiken, 
VY S een the work of the Immanuel Presbyterian Mission, 
and believe it to be worthy of support. We, therefore, heartily 
commend it to all who feel an interest in such enterprises. 

GEORGE H. KENNEDY, Morristown, N. J. 

k HOMAS S. STRONG, .. 78 and 80 Wall Street, N. Y. City. 

M. P. MILLS, ... .ai Beekman Street, N. Y. City. 

; . ROBERTSON Pottsville, Pa. 

[ARLES F. WILCOX 658 Broadway, N. Y. City. 

,BARLOW, Mahanoy City, Pa. 

W. LONGSTRETH 1001 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 



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