Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16Association History 11 11 A Splendid Time Was Had by All It is the purpose of this organization to hold an annual convention in the month of May in a city to be agreed upon by a majority of the members present at the annual business meeting. The first of these was held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in May 1914, and it proved to be a rousing success. As this is not to be a lengthy report we cannot go into detail about this first convention, but will just state that there were three sessions daily except Saturday, all of which were well-attended. Many men and women prominent in mission work all over the United States and Canada were heard from in these meetings. We hear a great deal of talk about the old time fire and the old time religion, but there is no lack of the old time fire in a gathering of rescue mission workers, nor is there any need to pine for the old time religion—it is very evident that these people have not lost the faith of their fathers. Having been forgiven much, they love much, and they are not the least bit backward about giving vent to their feelings. They believe fully in the actual presence of Jesus Christ in the world today, and the assembling together of His coworkers always means a time of rejoicing. After listening to the inspiring testimonies of these men and women who have been so wonderfully saved, there isn’t the slightest room for skepticism, for they know whereof they speak. The welcome afforded the delegates by the citizens of Cedar Rapids was simply remarkable. They were all entertained in private homes and were a unit in their appreciation of the Christian spirit manifested by their hosts and hostesses. A luncheon was given to the lady delegates in the First Christian Church by the ladies of the First Presbyterian Church, St. Paul’s M. E. Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and the First Christian Church. A tea was given to the lady delegates by the ladies of the First Baptist Church and the Central Park Presbyterian Church at the former. A banquet was given to the male delegates by the Cedar Rapids Commercial Club in the club rooms, and a general reception given to all the delegates at the Sunshine Mission. Saturday was sightseeing day. In the morning the delegates were taken on a trip to Iowa City, the home of the State University of Iowa, as the guests of the Iowa Railway & Light Company. In the afternoon a sufficient number of automobiles were placed at their disposal for a trip around the Cedar Rapids, to the parks and places of interest. Almost every pastor in Cedar Rapids aided in some way to help make this convention a success, and special mention might be made of the mayor, Hon. Louis Roth; Rev. J. A. Marquis, D.D., president of Coe College; Mr. J. Wunderlich, secretary of the Commercial Club; Mr. R. S. Sinclair, president of the Sunshine Mission; and last but not least, Rev. F. K. Ward, superintendent of Sunshine Mission, the man responsible for the convention being held in that city. While we congratulate him upon the success of it, we also congratulate him upon the splendid helpers he had. At the business meeting, invitations were received from the following cities for the 1915 convention: New York City, through the Merchants Associa- tion; Buffalo, New York, through Major B. A. Arnold; Norfolk, Virginia, through Mr. H. H. Kratzig; Toledo, Ohio, through Mr. G. F. Spreng; and Portland, Oregon, through Rev. F. W. Davis. After considerable discussion it was agreed upon to accept the cordial invitation of Mr. H. H. Kratzig, superintendent of the Union Rescue Mission, Norfolk, Virginia, and hold the second annual convention in that city, May 16th to 21st, 1915. Association History Here is a report to the membership about the very first annual convention of the International Union of Gospel Missions (IUGM).