Recognising the Need
In 1895, the Grahams returned to Scotland on furlough. Dr Graham spoke at 214 towns and villages throughout Scotland energised by the great need he saw in Kalimpong, the “Tea Garden children.”
These were children unacceptable to the father’s community and not always accepted by the mother’s because of the stigma of mixed blood and illegitimacy. Graham tried desperately to get his Mission in Scotland to fund a home for these children, but they refused – not because the project was without merit, but because they believed he had enough on his plate.
In 1898, Dr Graham was the Headmaster of the School, Superintendent of the Charteris Hospital and Leprosarium, Supervisor, with his wife, of the “Industries”, full time Pastor of the Church and Administrator of the Mission – a post he was to hold faithfully for the next 35 years.
Bitterly disappointed with his home Mission, he was later to say it was a blessing in disguise as this enabled him to tap any and every available source. He personally raised all of the necessary funding.