Religion: A. B. C. F. M.

Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

These, according to St. Matthew, are the last words of Jesus Christ before he ascended into Heaven. Accordingly, the initials A.B.C.F.M. have gone out unto the uttermost parts of the earth. They stand for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions,...

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