Mother’s Day held a special surprise for Mrs. Raymond C. Ortlund, wife of the pastor of Lake Avenue Congregational Church, Pasadena, California. In an unexpected presentation during morning services, she was announced winner of the hymn-writing competition for the World Congress on Evangelism. From this spokesman she delightedly accepted the first-place award of $100. Her hymn entitled “Macedonia,” selected from 780 entries from many countries, will be published in an early issue of CHRISTIANITY TODAY and will be translated into four languages as a feature hymn of the congress, to be held in Berlin October 26 to November 4. Five compositions given honorable mention will also be published in our pages.

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