« FöregåendeFortsätt »
one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him,' &c. The suggestion was well received, and we are now making the trial of monthly subscriptions. At present it is the day of small things, but I hope, in time, when the people see fully its importance and advantages, we shall reap the benefit of the experiment. There is a scarcity now of cocoa-nuts, so that the first month we got no oil. The subscription for August was 133. 6d.; September, 15 gallons oil, cash £1 3s. 6d.; October, 22 gallons oil, cash £1 25. 5.d.; November, 36 gallons oil, cash £2 8s. 6d.; December, 42 gallons oil, cash £? 12s. 10d.
“ There is a good attendance of the people on the public means of grace, and, also, at the day-schools for adults and children.
“Seyeral church members have died during the year, most of them giving pleasing evidence of their interest in the Saviour and
their resignation to his will. One was the wife of a teacher; her disease pulmonary consumption. She sunk very gradually to the grave, and seemed daily to be waiting for the time of her departure with a mind submissive to her Saviour's will, and leaning upon him as her Guide and Deliverer.
“ The chiefs have adopted a code of laws, and are making attempts to carry them out. Their ideas of legislation at present are not very clear. The Samoan custom of holding the persons of chiefs sacred makes it a difficult thing for them to bring their laws into operation, when chiefs happen to be the aggressors. They are beginning, however, I think, to 'see and feel the benefit of the laws in the attempts they have already made to punislı crime. If they succeed in carrying them out, it will be a blessing to the community at large, and greatly promote their moral welfare."
BAPTISM OF TWO CHINESE.
While the extensive spread of the Gospel in China continues to be opposed by many and all but insuperable obstacles, we are from time to time privileged to announce the ingathering of one and another from among the native population to the fold of Christ.
Two additional converts have recently been admitted to the initial rite of the Christian church, at this station, and, in reporting the interesting event, the Rev. Dr. Legge, under date July 22nd ultimo, makes the following statement:
teacher in Bishop Smith's school, and, shortly " I informed you that I was expecting on after his arrival, wrote to me requesting that the last Sabbath of the last month to have he might be baptized. I had then several the pleasure of administering the ordinance of interviews with him. Being a scholar, and baptism to two Chinese. I did baptize them having read much of the Bible, and enjoyed accordingly, in Union Chapel, in the presence Dr. Hobson's instructions, his knowledge was of the usual congregation of our countrymen, of course very considerable; but I was not and about an equal number of their own. satisfied that he was receiving the truths The parties were a man between forty and concerning the person and work of Christ as fisty, and a lad of nineteen, one of my scholars a little child. Now and then, in the course in the preparatory school. The former is at of our conversations, sparks were thrown out present employed as a writer at a good salary as from the proud, unsubdued heart of a in one of the government offices in this place. Chinese professor of literature, For some years he was employed as a teacher "In the end of last year, he went back to by Dr. Hobson, and had applied to the church Canton, having given much satisfaction to in Canton for baptism ncarly three years ago. Bishop Smith as a teacher. Four months He first came to Hong-Kong last year as a ago he returned bere and obtained his present employment, shortly after which he renewed show an equally gratifying result. The his application for baptism. His views, number of our pupils has never been more which were previously defective, had become than fifty, and for the most part they come to enlarged. He professed his entire depend- us quite young and entirely ignorant of all ence on the atoning death of Christ, avowed Christian and Divine truth. that Christ was the Son of God, and God over " It is, I think, in connection with Mr. all, without whom there was no salvation, Moffat's school or schools in Africa, that even for Confucius and the other sages of Mr. Freeman remarks with regard to the China, and declared that he was humbly training up a native ministry among the seeking to cultivate religion pure and unde- heathen, that we should have that object in filed. Who could forbid water that he should view from our first commencing to instruct not be baptized? The Chinese brethren were their children. Let a good general Christian unanimous in their suffrages that he should instruction be given, and the teachers be eve: be received into their number. I baptized on the watch to cherish the symptoms of him, therefore, as I have told you, he wit- nascent piety, and when pupils have really nessing at the time a good confession.
become pious then carry on their education “ From the case of the other party my so as best to fit them to be evangelists and pupil, Chü A-luk, I shall take occasion to preachers among their countrynien. It is on make some observations on the system which this plan that we have proceeded here since we have been pursuing here in the hope of 1844, and especially since 1848. We are not being able to train up a native ministry. yet in a position to judge truly of its results,
“ I never administered baptism to any one but so far as we can ascertain them we have with more satisfaction and confidence than to no reason to be discouraged. A-luk. He is a son of the colporteur of the “ Among the young men who are consame name, and has been in the school for verted, there will always be a proportionabout six years. His abilities are not above more than half--who, from mental or busimediocrity, and till within the last twelve cal infirmities, will be unapt for the office of monthis he used to give me a good deal of teachers. Others again may be expected s trouble, being noisy and inattentive. A great yield to opposing influences, and, without change gradually took place in his conduct. making shipwreck altogether of faith and a He grew quiet and diligent, thoughtful and a good conscience, prefer easier and more reserved. Mrs. Legge and others took notice remunerative courses of life to the arduous of the change, and spoke of it.
toils, and in a heathen country dangers, of the evidently revolving a great purpose in his
Christian ministry. The mysterious premind, and I was pleased but not surprised, vidence of God, moreover, may lay low tie when in the beginning of this year he told native student, as it does the foreign Mis. me that he was anxious to declare his faith sionary, when the hopes of the church of lic: in the Saviour and to be baptized. Ilis piety and from him are at the highest. appears to be based on a deep conviction of " It may be observed, that none of the his sinfulness and weakness. I fear it will young men have apostatized. It may be t-si not be possible to make him a scholar, either one has turned aside from the path in which in Chinese or English, but I expect that in we wished him to walk, and that in som. his own walk he will adorn the gospel of our others the growth of the spiritual life has des Saviour.”
been so continuous and vigorous as we bore
and prayed; but I do not know that these SCHOOL
young men would be lowered in our estima" A-luk makes the tenth of our scholars tion, if a comparison could be drawn betweer. who have been received into the church of their history and that of as many young Christ within the last five years. We do not members of any Congregational church plume ourselves on this success, but we ought home. to be grateful for it. I do not know if there “ Or the ten there are only four in the are many boarding schools, even in England, position of students, and it may be donbte! taught by God-fearing masters, which could whether all the four will be able to finish their
CONVERTS IN THE NATIVE BOARDING
term of study, or that I shall be so satisfied with their profiting as to be able at the close of the term to recommend them all to the service of the churches. Still they will all be witnesses of the truth in their several spheres, and if only two go forth as scribes well instructed for the kingdom of heaven, there will be grounds for congratulation. Such a production of native ministers is slow, but it is faster than the formation of native churches. I think I speak the truth when I say, that no one Chinese Mission has added
to its communion fifty members during the last five years. So far then as the establishment of the kingdom of Christ in this part of the world is concerned, it is yet the day of small things. If this one department of operations seems to advance slowly, its advance is quite equal to that made in other departments, and when on all our fields of labour the Spirit shall be poured out from op high, this also will receive blessing from God."
Our Number for July contained an article from the pen of the Rev. Edward Porter, showing that in the various departments of evangelical effort at this station, the Lord had vouchsafed the tokens of his presence and blessing. The additional particulars given in the subjoined letter afford gratifying proof that, in the villages around Cuddapah, the gospel has come with light and power to many hearts.
Under date August 13th ult., Mr. Porter writes :
“I am thankful in being able to report and peace. It is, however, far too small for favourably of the prosperity of the Mission. the numbers who come to hear the word of During the current year, I have baptized no God on the Sabbath, so that I fully intend to less than eighteen adults, upon a credible build a good-sized chapel, which may serve profession of their faith in Christ. Some of the double purpose of a school-room in the the number have already undergone a con- week-day, and a place of worship on the siderable storm of persecntion from their Sabbath. I expect it will cost about fifteen heathen neighbours, but I am thankful to or twenty pounds. Should any friends of say, that they have hitherto remained sted- Missions be inclined to help us in this good fast in the faith, and that, through their in- work, we shall be most happy to receive their strumentality, others are now willing to join subscriptions. The people will, I have no our Christian congregations. You will be doubt, help us to some extent; but, as they glad to hear that the work of conversion in are very poor, they will not be able to do the village to the north-west of Cuddapah much towards defraying the expense.
In appears to be steadily advancing. There are this place (Ubdhulupooram) there are upnow upwards of forty candidates for Chris- wards of twenty adult candidates for Christian baptism in five different villages, who tian baptism, and a considerable spirit of have already renounced all idol-worship, and inquiry excited amongst the villagers in have placed themselves under Christian in- the neighbourhood. In a village near this struction. In one village, which we have station, called Korennupully, they have surnow adopted as an outstation, some of the rendered their idol to our native catechist, people have surrendered their idol, with the and are now earnestly seeking a Christian temple, into our hands. The former (a large teacher. Whilst our catechist was staying at flat stone, with a little colouring upon it) is Yeyparala, a man from Oopulapadoo came now used as a seat for the schoolmaster, and to him, and said, “Sir, we have heard your the latter is employed as a school -room, in preaching, and have believed the truth which which to teach their children the word of life you declared to us. We now hate our idolatry, and have rejected our heathen ways; but where is the schoolmaster to teach us and our children?' The catechist replied, that our riaster will come and visit you, and send you a Christian teacher.' There are now no less than five or six villages, where they are earuestly desiring a Christian schoolmaster to teach their children and adults the way of salvation.
“We hope to supply their wants as far as we are able ; in the mean time we must intreat the earnest prayers of the friends of Missions at liome, that the Lord would raise up and send forth more labourers into this large and interesting field. We want men full of zeal for Christ, and of tender compassion for perishing souls ; men who will be willing to spend and be spent for the glory of the Redeemer in this vast heathen land. Should the Lord, in answer to our many
prayers, pour out his Spirit extensitely on the hearts of this people, so as to lead them to come in flocks to the standard of the Prince of Pence, we fear the present state of Missionary zeal in the churches at home is so low, that we should not be able to find spiritual shepherds for them to lead them into the paths c truth and salvation. Oh! it is grievous to think of Missionary zeal and Missionary echtributions declining, when the Lord is setting before his church so many wide and effectus! doors, and bidding them go up and take pessession of the land. The churches of Great Britain must not think of receding, or of being stationary, in that great work which the great Head of the church has committed to their charge, but must press forward to plant the standard of their great King in the midst of the citadels of heathen idolatry and superstition."
SECRET DISCIPLE." In our Number for September ve gave a communicaticn from the Rev. B. Rice, of the Bangalore Mission, containing, besides other interesting niatters, a notice of the death of a respectable and intelligent Brahmin, who had long known, and apparently loved the truth as it is in Jesus; but who, to the last, shrunk from making an open profession of his faith.
The following additional particulars respecting this hopeful, but timid disciple, are from the pen of our respected friend, the Rev.John Hands, formerly of the Bangalore Mission.
Under date, Lower Abbey-street, Dublin, September 13th, Mr. Hands writes :
" In the last CHRONICLE I have read with Testament, and accidentally dropped a loose deep interest the account of 'A Secret Dis- leaf without observing it. Shortly atiet, ciple,' from the pen of my esteemed brotiier Suncharappa passing that way, and seeing the Rev. Mr. Rice. Should you deem it this paper lying on the ground, took it up worth insertion in your next month's, it will, and read it, (it contained part of the tinta I doubt not, be interesting to our friends to chapter of the Gospel by Mark). Struck know sunething more of my departed friend with what he had read, he inquired what?: Suncharappa.
was, and how it came there; some one told “ About twelve months before I left Ban- him, they supposed it belonged to the little galore, in the close of 1840; one of the Ca- cow-boy. 'Ali!' said he, call him.' Th. narese boys, who had been tauglit in our boỳ came. • What paper is this?' It beMission School, was taken into tliis Brahinin's longs to my book, sir. “What book?' A service as a cow-boy. One day, before he book I got at the Mission School.' Can I went to the field with liis cows, he sat down get such a book?' 'Yes, sir, you may si in his master's yard to read his Canarese one at the Mission House.' He came ind
asked for such a book as the boys read in our school. Having ascertained from his account of it what book it was, the Gospel by Mark was given to him, and, I believe, Luke also, with an earnest exhortation to read them with serious attention as a part of our Holy Scriptures, and containing the history and words of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, and he was requested to come again when he had read them, and we would give him more, and explain to him anything he did not understand. He came again, expressed the satisfaction he liad experienced in the perusal, and requested explanations of soine passages he did not quite understand. These were given with the remainder of the New Testament. This he also soon read through, and appeared much impressed by what he had read, and asked for more. Tlie translation of the Old Testament was then given to him, and much interesting conversation passed.
* Soon after this, he began occasionally to attend our Canarese family worship, and theni our public worship, in the Pettah Native Chapel. This was soon noised abroad, as he was a man of some note among the Brahmins, and exposed him to no little persecution from his family and others, so that he considered lis lilè was in danger, and felt it necessary to discontinue his open communications with us. When I was leaving the station I called upon him to bid him farewell, and also again to urge him to follow out his convictions and publicly avow his faith in Christ, in whoin, to me, he bad repeatedly
declared he did believe. I found himn in his verandah with a little company of natives around him, with whom he was reading the New Testament. After I had given them an address, he took me up alone to a little upper room, where I found the whole of the Canarese and Teloogoo books and tracts I had given him, with a little book of prayers in English, of which language he had acquired a little. He then said, Since I have become acquainted with you and your holy books, I have spent a large portion of my time in this little private room, reading them and offering up my prayers to God throcgb Jesus Christ; then, putting into my hand a little bamboo box, he said, This box contains my liousehold gods; I want not these now, and I give them to you; take them to your coun. try, and let the Christian people in England see what despicable things we poor ignorant Hindoos have been accustonted to worship. I again besought him to give himself fully and openly to the Saviour. He said, I must wait a little longer. Having prayed with him, we parted with not a little mutual emo. tion. He promised he would write to me, but no letter have I received from him, and I had many fears that liis convictions had died away. However, from my frequent intercourse with hiin, while at Bangalore, and thic interesting account which Brother Rice has given us of his latter end, I feel strong ground of hope that I shall meet him in licaven. Many sucht secret disciples, I have no doubt, are to be found in India.
TI! LAMBS OF THE FLOCK.
For several years past Mrs. Lewis, the wife of the Rev. Ebenezer Lewis, of Santhapooram,-a branch of the Nagercoil Mission,-has, with unremitting zeal and encouraging success, devoted herself to the charge of a large Native Girls' School; and the following Letter, addressed by Mrs. L. to a venerable and excellent friend in this country, affords pleasing evidence tiat the main object of the writer's care and solicitude is to win souls for Christ.
Under date Santhapooram, 30th April ult., Mrs. Lewis observes :
“ Again and again, dear Madam, I have to my heart with feelings of thankfulness, not acknowledge your Christian liberality and only to yourself but to God, the Disposer of kindness, every fresh instance of which fills the hearts of men. I know not how to cx