"The rapidly approaching end of the age is witnessing a tremendous increase in the activity of the powers of darkness. Unrest among the nations, more intense than at any previous time in earth's history, is due largely to the stirring up of the ambitions and passions of men, while the spread of an almost wholly secularized education is quietly doing away with the Scriptural standards which formerly exerted a restraining influence among the so-called Christian peoples. "These conditions are reacting strongly upon the great ministry of the Church of Christ. No longer are these concerned about the lost souls which wander in darkness; their thought is centered on raising their social status and meeting their intellectual and physical needs. They seek, in their own jargon, to "build a better world," but the world they envision is one without a Saviour." John MacMillan was a Canadian Presbyterian businessman who became involved with ministry to Chinese and Jewish people in Toronto. Ordained at the age of 49, MacMillan and his wife traveled to China as missionaries with The Christian and Missionary Alliance. He later became field director of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in the Philippines.