Religion: More Missionaries

Protestant missionaries have been expelled from the mainland of China, and have been officially discouraged in other parts of Asia and the Near East. Yet more U.S. Protestant missionaries are in the field today than ever before. Last week the National Council of Churches announced that 18,004 of them were serving overseas at the end of 1952—3,000 more than in 1950.

Africa and Latin America are supplanting Asia as prime Protestant mission targets. In 1938, according to the council's estimates, China stations accounted for about 28% of all U.S. Protestant missionaries abroad; the figure for China had dropped to 4½% last year,...

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