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GLEANINGS FROM CHINA LETTERS.
The night I arrived, the catechist told me at once of this young man, but said he scarcely expected to see him at the service next morning;
however, to our surprise and delight, just at church hour, he came in, Old “Praise the Lord.”
still bearing the marks of his wounds. I examined him for baptism, and HE Rev. R. W. Stewart writes of the oldest convert at Oh- shall not forget the look in his face as he answered the question, “How Iong, in the Fub-kien Province :
do you know that Jesus loves you ?” “Why,” he said, "did He not
leave His Father and the glory of heaven, and come down and die for us The old Christian, Chung-Te, the father of the Church wicked men ? What is that if it is not love?" in that district, is still as earnest and hardworking as ever. He talks to every one be meets on the road; and as we
Perils of a Missionary's Life. trudged along together I heard him familiarly styled by the passers-by
The Rev. W. Banister, of Fuh-Chow, sends us an account of a narrow as “ Praise the Lord.”
escape he had from This man has indeed
drowning while itineratsuffered for the Name he loves. According to
ing early this year :the local custom, when
As an instance of the any one dies, it is neces
real dangers which somesary to fasten the body
times suddenly befall the in a sitting position, in a
missionary, I may relate chair, in the best room ;
what happened to myself and the catechist told me
while in the company of that when Chung-Te's 脚膝蹲跳腳 NI
the Rev. L. Lloyd. I dearly loved wife, who
had intended to accomhad been his sharer and PASSWORD
pany him through the bis one human sympa
Ku-Cheng district. It thiser in persecution,
is necessary to go first to died, he had to perform
Chui-Kau by water, a all these painful offices
journey up the River single-handed, for not
Min of three or four one neighbour would
days. On the second come near to assist him
day of our journey, after wbile he worshipped
breakfast, Lloyd and I Jesus. He stood alone
left our boat and walked then; but he has lived
along the bank, cur exto see not only a Chris
ample being followed by tian congregation in his
the coolies. After some own village, but several
time Lloyd returned to other little churches
the boat; but I went on, spring up in the sur
followed by the coolies, rounding country as off
and continued my walk shoots from it. At my
for more than an hour, last visit I found his
at which time we had dear little girl, his sole
arrived over against a remaining comfort, had
place called Tëük-Kie, left him to become the
where I intended to wife of a heathen man,
await the arrival of our to whom she had been
boat ; but the coolies engaged in infancy, be
said the boat could not fore the father believed.
land on that side, and May God grant that this
we must cross over. The husband may not ill
river here is nearly as treat his young wife on
wide as the Thames at account of her faith, but
London Bridge. We soon join with her, and
therefore hired a little take her God to be his
ferry-boat, and began to God!
cross. When we arrived
at the middle of the “ Bearing in the
stream we found the Body the Marks of the Lord Jesus."
water agitated by the
wind which blows up Mr. Stewart gives a
the centre of the river, touching account of a
being scarcely felt at the young man lately bap
side, and the waves betized at Tong-A, another
gan to wash over the low village in Fuh-kien :
gunwale of the boat, and
it began to fill. I had He is a young man of
barely time to stand up good family, and one of SKETCHES IN CHINA: A STREET FORTONE-TELLER.
and get out from under the senior members of
the bamboo covering, his household holds an important official position over the literati of the when the whole thing went over, and the entire party were thrown into district, and, as a matter of course, is bitterly opposed to Christianity. the water. I, with three or four others, clung to the upturned boat until This young man, when it was demanded of him why he had joined the help came. hated sect, and brought discredit on his people, replied that the doctrine But it came all too late for three of the poor coolies, who were carried was good, and that he could not give it up. He was forthwith set upon away by the current. It was an experience that I shall never forget, and and beaten till he fell to the ground insensible. At this stage his mother I can only thank God our Great Father that I was not numbered amongst interfered, saying she only wished him to be beaten, not killed. They those who were washed away. All this time Lloyd and the others in the supposed him to be dead; but on his showing consciousness, the elder boat knew nothing of the accident; but when they arrived opposite the brother, who had been his chief tormentor, fled from the house, fearing village they saw that something had happened, and crossed over to see that the young man would bring him before the mandarins; but on his what it was. Lloyd was alarmed to see some one wearing my sun-bat, recovering, the Christian sent word for him to return, for that he need dressed in Chinese clothes; but happily it was my real self wearing the fear nothing from him, he was a follower of Christ, who forgave His dry clothes of one of the boatmen. It was now our melancholy duty to enemies, and he would follow His example.
find the bodies, and bury them decently. We had first to go to the
Yamen and see the Mandarin, and there promise to pay 5 dollars each for a fire anywhere, they look upon it as perfectly allowable to go and scramble the bodies. Two or three boats then put off to search for the bodies, and for anything they can get, and thus it comes to pass that the unlucky in less than an hour they found them not far from each other, but some people who have their house burnt, or have to escape for fear it should distance from the place where the boat upset. It was touching to see the be burnt, have to endure the additional trial of being robbed of all their real grief of the remaining coolies, as the dripping and helpless bodies of possessions, furniture, clothes, &c. I believe Chinese law recognises the their three drowned comrades, a brief time before as full of life as them- right of any one to keep possession of whatever they may have rescued selves, were dragged to shore. They tore off and threw away all buttons from burning. Consequently neighbours are not very kind to each other and metallio substances which they could find on their clothes, and then at such times, but think more of what advantage they can reap, than of reverently covered their faces with paper, that the rude eyes of strangers helping the unfortunate. The Chinese also have a superstition that it is might not gaze upon the face of the dead. They were burned in the through some combination of evil influence that a house takes fire, and evening on the hillside above the village. This accident of course upset that if they admit those in whose house a fire began to take refuge in our plans. I had spent all my money in finding the bodies and burying theirs, they will bring down ill-luck on themselves, consequently the poor them, and as the coolies did not wish to go on I returned to Foo-Chow, sufferers from a fire are often obliged to camp out somewbere in the open arriving there the same evening, much to the surprise of the people at air, no one being willing to run the risk of bringing down ill-luck on their home.
own heads. There are many fire-brigades here in Hang-Chow. When a A Fire in China.
fire breaks out anywhere, the brigades hurry to the scene of action with The following account of a fire at Hang-Chow is from Mrs. Elwin, wife
lanterns, engines, &c., and banging gongs in a peculiar manner. When of the Rev. A. Elwin, missionary at that place :
the fire is over, they blow a discordant blast on a cornet as a sign of victory!
Not an hour ago, my Bible-woman came to tell me that the poor We were aroused last
Christian woman whom night by some knocking
I mentioned above, toat our bedroom door,
gether with her grandwhich turned out to be
son, are in great distress, caused by one of our
as most of their few posChinese nurses, who
sessions, which they had called out to us in great
to leave in the room alarm about fire. My
while they escaped, have husband jumped up, and
This conlooking out of the dress
firms and illustrates what ing-room window, he
I said about the Chinese saw a great mass of
being on the watch to flame and smoke rising
rob at such times. up high into the sky.
Our two pictures on Most of our household
this and the preceding were soon stirring and watching the progress of
page are common scenes the fire. It looked much
in the streets of China. nearer than it really was,
All kinds of trades are and the flames kept send
carried on in the open ing out large bright
air, the various professors sparks which showered down on to our cow
shops house and into our gar
under their arms from den, as well as on to the
village to village. Here roof of our house with
you may see standing alarming rapidity. My
almost side by side bathusband set our menservants to remove the
ters, umbrella makers straw to a place of safety,
and menders, doctors, and to watch and stamp
dentists, cooks, barbers, out the fiery sparks which
and confectioners. So were falling about the
that a man may satisfy cow-yard. We learned eventually
bis hunger, be shaved, that the fire had origin
bave his tooth extracted, ated in the back premises
and his boots repaired of a game-seller; this
without walking more man used to keep a SKETCHES IN CHINA : A STREET COBBLER.
tban & large store of fireworks
dozen yards. and crackers, which he
The picture on this page gave to those who brought him game instead of paying them in money, shows us a Chinese cobbler at his work. That on the preceding page and it was these which, catching fire, sent out such large and far-reaching shows us a street fortune-teller. These men are very numerous, and fiery sparks, which made us so nervous. This poor man, alas ! with his
are constantly consulted as to future events. No business of any kind wife and child were burnt to death.
Next door to that house lives a poor old Christian woman, deaf and is entered upon without first consulting them, not a house built or a infirm, belonging to our church; she rents one poor little room in the back grave dug without their help, and this that “good luck may dwell in the premises of a large silk-weaving establishment, and must have been burnt habitations of the living, and in the graves of the dead.” to death had those premises caught fire, but our merciful God protected her, and the fire took the opposite course. Her grandson then came, found her unhurt, and carried her on his back to a place of safety:
Freewill Offerings in Ceylon. When Mr. Elwin went out he was astonished to see the order that prevailed; as is usual at such times, all the chief, mandarins, the head of THE Rev. J. Allcock thus writes of the offerings made to the service of God the province, the district and city magistrates, &c., had all collected, a
by the C.M.S. Singhalese Christians of the Baddegama district :band of militia lined the street on each side, every man of them bearing They have subscribed Rs. 1,349 for religious purposes. That makes nearly a sort of lance and a lantern, and keeping the way open for the fire-engine
8s. for each adult in one year. By this they show that they love and value men to pursue their avocation unhindered. The firemen rushed up and the Gospel. Each congregation sets apart one day in the year, and calls it down the street with buckets, filling them from wells, or the canal not
the "Freewill Offering Day."
I am afraid that some of the Pharisees would have their sensibilities shocked far off, and emptying them into a large tub placed ready for the purpose. if they beheld our offerings. They included a fine bull
, a young heifer, over The Chinese engines are not furnished with long pieces of piping as ours
fifty bushels of corn, sugar, treacle, cucumbers, melons, wambotu, plantains, are, and therefore cannot throw far, but they work pretty well, and at the
cocoa-nuts, oranges, limes, eggs, fowls, cigars, tobacco, rice, woollen fancy end of an hour and a half we were gratified to see the flames and smoke articles, oil, sugar-canes, soap, beans, and other things too numerous to be subsiding. An unfortunate practice of the Chinese is that when there is remembered. One day's free will offering realised more than 100 rupees.
M. Dan. 6. Tit. 2.
EPITOME OF MISSIONARY NEWS.
Rev. Canon Reeve, formerly Minister of Portman Chapel; the Rev. R. M.
F. Qr. 18th.... 8.42 a.m.
Chatfield, Rector of Woodford, Wilts ; R. Trotter, Esq., for many years a
member of Committee ; T. W. Crofts, Esq., of Coventry; and Dr. Shann, of CONFLICT AND VICTORY.
York. Canon Reeve preached the Anniversary Sermon at St. Bride's in 1874. 1 W All Saints. C.M.S. Jubilee, 1848. With one mind striving
Dr. Shann's son is a C.M.S. missionary at Ningpo, where he is associated with [together for the faith of the Gospel, Phil. 1. 27.
his wife's brother, the Rev. J. C. Hoare, in the important work of training 2 T 1,140 worshippers at Brass, 1878. Go forward, Ex. 14. 15.
Native agents. Canon Reeve and Dr. Shann were Hon. Governors for Life. 3 F The Lord, He it is that doth go before thee, Deut. 31. 8.
Mr. Arthur J. Shields, B.A., of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Mr. Bernhard 4 S Usborne Memorial Sch. op., 1878. Wilt not Thou, O God, go Maimon, of St. John's Divinity Hall, Highbury, who were accepted for
(forth with our hosts, Ps. 108. 11. missionary service by the C.M.S. a few months ago, were admitted to deacon's 5 S 22nd aft. Trin, Go in this thy might, Ju. 6. 14.
orders on September 24th, by the Bishop of Dover, acting for the Archbishop E. Dan. 7. 9, or 12. Lu. 23. 1--26. 6 M'J. Hart mart, at Bonny, 1875. Called, and chosen, and faithful, Rev.
of Canterbury. Mr. Shields is appointed to the Santal Mission; Mr. Maimon
to Bagdad. 7 T 1st Tamil ord., 1830. Fight the Lord's battles, 1 Sa. 18.17. [17.14, 8 W T. Sandys d., 1871. God is the strength of my heart, Ps. 73, 26.
Mr. John H. Pigott, of St. John's Divinity College, Highbury, who is about 9 T 4. Carre Tucker d., 1875. Fought a good fight, 2 Ti. 4. 7.
to be ordained to the Curacy of St. Jude's, Mildmay Park, has offered him. 10 F Hang-Chow occ., 1865. The battle is not yours, but God's, 2 Chr.
self to the C.M.S. for missionary service, and has been accepted by the
Committee. 11 S The Lamb shall overcome, Rev. 17. 14.
[20. 15. [his sword girded by his side, and so builded, Neh. 4. 18.
We regret to say that the Rev. C. H. V. Gollmer, of Lagos, and the Rev. 12 S 23rd aft. Trin. Trinity Ch., Calcutta, op., 1826. Every one had
F. Gmelin, of Krishnagar, have come home unexpectedly, invalided; also M. Hos. 14. Heb. 6. E. Joel 2. 21. or 3. 9. Jo. 3. 1-22.
Dr. B. Van Someren Taylor, medical missionary at Fah-chow, on account of 13 M H. Baker d., 1878. A good soldier of Jesus Christ, 2 Ti, 2. 3.
his wife's health. The Rev. G. Shirt, of the Sindh Mission, and the Rev. J. 14 T Price landed at Mombasa, 1874. The weapons of our warfare
Hines, of the Saskatchewan Mission, have also arrived in England. are not carnal, 2 Co. 10. 4.]
[2 Co. 10. 4. Another able African missionary has been called away, Dr. Southon, of the 15 W But mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, London Missionary Society, who was stationed at Urambo, the capital of 16 T Looking unto Jesus, Heb. 12. 2.
[faith, 1 Ti. 6. 12. the great chief Mirambo. Šis arm being shattered by a gun accident, he sent for 17 F Cowley began Viss. at Fairford, 1812. Fight the good fight of Mr. Copplestone, the C.M.S. missionary at Uyui, and begged him to amputate 18 S Elmslie d., 1872. More than conquerors, thro' Him that loved the arm, giving him instructions how to do it. Mr. Copplestone, not a surgeon, us, Ro. 8, 37.]
[here ? Nu. 32. 6. but a plain artizan, performed the operation under chloroform on June 23rd; 19 S 24th aft. Trin. Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit
but the arm was not taken off high enough, and on July 9th Dr. Southon was H. Amos. 3. Heb. 11. 17. E. Amos 5 or 9. Jo. 6. 22–41.
still suffering severely, and said it must be done again. No letters of later 20 M Mrs. Last arr. Mamboia, 1880. Bear ye one another's burdens, Gal. date have yet come; but the London Missionary Society have received by 21 T Lahore Coll. op., Put on the whole armour of God, Eph. 6.11. [6.2. telegraph the mournful news of Dr. Southon's death, 22 w There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed, Josh. 13. 1. In the first week of July news reached Mr. Copplestone, while he was 23 T Nyanza Miss. resolved on, 1875. Let us go up and possess it, Nu. at Urambo, from Uganda, 'dated February 19th, when Mr. O'Flaherty and 24 F Through God we shall do valiantly, Ps. 108. 13. [13. 30. Mr. Mackay were well. This is nearly two months later than our previous 25 S 1st C.B.S. Miss. landed in China, 1844. Art thou not it which dates; but no letters have reached the Society.
[hath wounded the dragon ? Is. 51. 9. The new Nyanza party, consisting of the Revs. J. Hannington, R. P. Ashe, 26 S 25th aft. Trin. His right hand and His holy arm hath gotten Him E, C. Gordon, W. J. Edmonds, and J. Blackburn, and Mr. C. Wise, with
[the victory, Ps. 98. 1. Mr. Stokes, have had, by God's mercy, a very happy and prosperous journey M. Ec. 11. & 12. Ja. 5. E. Hag.2.1-10, or Mal. 3. & 4. Jo. 9. 89 to 10. 22. so far, that is up to one stage beyond Mpwapwa, which they reached on 27 M The Lord hath done great things for us, Ps. 126. 3.
August 1st. They had stayed four days at Mamboia with Mr. and Mrs. Last, 28 T 8. Gobat sailed for Abyssinia, 1825. Valiant for the truth, Jer. 9.3.
of whose work they speak very warmly; and two days at Mpwapwa, with 29 W Gaza Miss.beg:, '78. When I am weak, then am I strong, 2C0.12.10.
Dr. Baxter and the Rev. J. C. Price, and at Kisoko, six miles off, where 30 T St. Andrew. King Ockiya bapt., 1879. Be thou faithful unto
Mr. and Mrs. Cole are settled. [death, and I will give thee a crown of life, Rev. 2. 10.
The new Mission at Bagdad, on the Tigris, the famous city of the Saracen Caliphs, is to be begun by the Rev. T. R, Hodgson, late of Jubbulpore, and
the Rev. Bernhard Maimon, a Christian Jew, lately accepted by the Society. CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER COMPETITIVE In July the Bishop of Calcutta visited the C.M.S. station at Gorakhpur, EXAMINATION, 1882.
North India, where the Rev. H. Stern has been labouring for thirty years, and
confirmed 100 Native Christians. The Bishop writes, “I received a most THE Missionary Competitive Examination for the year 1882 will be held on favourable impression from all I saw, and altogether I consider that there is no
more successful Mission anywhere." He especially notices the new agriThe subject of tte Examination will be the Twelve Numbers of the cultural Christian village (Sternpur) now being established. (See GLEANER GLEANER for 1882.
of November, 1879.). The Examination will be conducted at as many local centres as the In June last the Bishop of Saskatchewan visited the C.M.S. Station at Society's friends may be able to arrange.
Stanley, on the English River, formerly the scene of the venerable Rev, Candidates must be not less than fourteen years of age.
R. Hunt's labours. The Rev. John Sinclair, a Cree Indian, is now the pastor. There will be two Standards, A and B. Candidates may enter for either. The Bishop confirmed ninety-four Christian Indians there and at Pelican
There will be one Question Paper; but certain questions will be marked as Narrows.
years ago by another Native clergyman, the late Rev. G. Matthan. In each Standard successful candidates will be placed in two classes. The Rev. James Stone continues his untiring labours at Raghavapuram in Class 1 will include all who obtain two-thirds marks, and Class 2 all others the heart of the Telugu country. There had been very decided progress who obtain half marks. Candidates in either class and in either Standard during the year. Thirteen new villages had been taken up in the district, will receive Certificates of Merit.
making 62 in all. There are now 753 baptized Christians, and 462 catechumens, There will be about ten prizes of books in each Standard, or more if the
together 1,215, against 800 in the preceding year, an increase of 50 per cent. number of candidates is very large. The value of prizes in Standard A will But Mr. Stone urges that the work still needs developing. The district extends range from 5s. to a guinea, and in Standard B from 4s. to 8s.
from Raghavapuram, forty miles westward and fifty or sixty miles northward. Winners of prizes in previous years are eligible only for prizes of higher But it is not half occupied ; and beyond is "a vast field untouched” by any value. Any candidate gaining marks that would entitle him to a prize if he missionary effort at all. A year and a half ago Mr. Stone received an urgent had not gained the same prize in a previous year, will have the fact mentioned letter from a village ninety miles off, in the Nizam's territory, begging for a on his certificate.
teacher. A catechist was sent to visit the place. "He found all the Malas Every candidate must pay an entrance fee of one shilling.
ready to receive us, and four could repeat the Lord's Prayer. Still I could not Intending competitors must apply, not to the Parent Society, but to the
take up their village. I have not the strength.” Of the nearer villages, eight local clergy or secretaries of Associations; and to them the entrance fee must or ten are pressing for resident teachers ; * but we have neither the men nor be paid.
the money.' Clergymen and other friends of the Society desirous of arranging for the In the GLEANER of March, Miss Tristram noticed the C.M.S. Printing Press Examination to be held in their districts are requested to communicate with at Jerusalem. Among the works lately issued by it are :-Sermons on the Lord's the Editorial Secretary, Church Missionary House, Salisbury Square, E.C. Prayer, by the Rev. Michael Kawar ; Sermons on Charity, by the Rev. Chalil Their duties will be (1) To invite competitors in their town or district; Jamal ; A Translation of Baxter's Saints' Rest, by the Rev. Seraphim Boutaji; (2) To provide a room for them to be examined in on the afternoon or A Translation of the late Rev. H. Wright's Tract on Secret Prayer, by evening of January 9th, 1883, and also pens, ink, paper, &c. ; (3) To remit Abdallah ; A Translation of the Sunday School Institute's Lessons on the the amount of entrance fees to the Parent Society, receive the Question Sunday Gospels, by Elias Dogan; and other Tracts, &c.—all in Arabic. Papers, and send up the Answers; (4) To make proper arrangements for the due observance of the conditions of the Examination. Detailed instructions RECEIVED—"A Constant Reader of the GLEANER," for the Henry Wright will be sent in good time to those applying for them,
steamer, as a thank-offering for preservation during a summer excursion,"
£5; Anon., for “Dr. Bruce's work in Persia," £1; "Pearl," £20, and Jessie SPECIAL FUND FOR EGYPT.-See page 127.
Lloyd, 38., for the General Fund.
THE CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER.
THE WORKING TOGETHER
NEWS FROM UGANDA OF GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE CHURCH IN THE
T is a long time since we gave any account in the EXTENSION OF CHRIST'S KINGDOM.
GLEANER of the Victoria Nyanza Mission. If our BY THE REV. J. B. WHITING, M.A., Vicar of St. Luke's, Ramsgate.
readers will look at the April and November numIX.
bers last year, they will find a summary of the HE glory of the Holy Spirit shines out in the Acts of
history of the Mission from the beginning, and the Apostles. Wisdom, power, activity are seen in interesting extracts from the journals down to the end of 1880. His blessed work of grace. Events are made to
Since March, 1881, the only missionaries in Uganda have been work together for the salvation of single souls and
the Rev. P. O'Flaherty and Mr. Mackay, and we have news of of whole communities. How wide is the embrace of them down to May 9th, 1882. That period of nearly fourteen His love! A thousand miles are as nothing when an African months was, on the whole, one of prosperity and progress, and eunuch is to be taught by Philip. A woman of Asia seeks wealth
when we remember the trials which Mr. Pearson and Mr. by selling purple on the coast of Europe, and finds the riches of Mackay had had to undergo, this is a cause for deep thankheaven. A poor female slave is set free for eternity. A Román
fulness to God.. Of course King Mtesa was capricious; of centurion stationed at Cæsarea, and a jailor at Philippi, are
course the Arab traders were bitterly hostile ; and more than instances which draw aside the veil; and behold ! God the Holy
once the lives of our brethren were threatened. Nevertheless, Ghost is no silent spectator of the glorious plan of salvation? the king has generally been their friend, and their work has How worthy of His dignity and His power!
gone on without hindrance. That work has been both secular The Holy Spirit loves the world. His delight is among the and spiritual. They have had to be builders, carpenters, children of men. He is everywhere present to seek and to save
smiths, wheelwrights, sanitary engineers, farmers, gardeners, that which is lost. He takes - Jesus Christ and Him crucified," graziers, physicians, and surgeons ! Mr. Mackay's summary of and "shows” this gospel to heal the bigotry of Jerusalem, the work, which is printed in the Intelligencer of this month, is superstition of Ephesus, the busy worldliness of Antioch, the indeed astonishing. We must look upon all this as real mislicentiousness of Corinth, the false philosophy of Athens, and the sionary work. It helps to support the Mission, and so saves pride of Rome. “The gospel of Christ is the power of the the Society's money; and it is sure to have much effect in Holy Ghost to every one that believeth, both Jew and Greek.” winning the confidence of the people and making them more But as we read in the Acts the method of His working, we are
ready to receive the Gospel message. But we naturally want to filled with renewed admiration of His love. It is the glory of know what has been the effect of the Christian teaching which the Holy Ghost to work by means.
has been given from time to time to so many of the people, and Nations are not to be converted by a miracle, but by the use
we rejoice to say that there are already results for which we of means entrusted to Christians; the written Word, the living should unfeignedly thank God. On March 18th of this present voice, the influence of rank and position, the gold and the silver year the first five converts were baptized. Mr. O'Flaherty writes : which send and sustain the missionary, labour of love, energy of “On March 18tb, the anniversary of my arrival here, I baptized five faith, patience of hope which expects results. How kind, how young men, Their new names are Henry Wright, Edward Hutchinson, useful to believers is this life of service!
Philip, Mackay, and Jacob. Others actually wept when they were not
admitted." And how pleasing is the picture of the planting of Christianity. Life, energy, self-sacrifice shine out in the early Churches and
And Mr. Mackay writes of them, and of other inquirers : first converts. It never entered their minds that Christianity
“ About fifty young men, average age 20 years, have been taught to could propagate itself as a weed does. They went overywhere fully instructed in the way of salvation, and not a few of them show signs
read (and some to write) within the year. Many of these have been caretelling of Christ. They did not fear to “turn the world upside of having received the truth into their hearts. down." The salvation of man was an object of unutterable “On the 18th inst., after careful preparation, Mr. O'Flaherty baptized importance. The Fatherhood of God, trust in God's care, the five young men, who, so far as we could judge by their answers, diligence, throne of grace, brotherly kindness, forgiveness of injuries, and behaviour, have resolutely made up their minds to become disciples holiness of heart, and every other revelation of Jesus Christ, them in.
of Jesus Christ, and face every risk which their confession may involve were necessary to a world lying in sorrow, darkness, and sin. “A considerable number more are anxious for baptism, and we hope Those Christians in the Acts loved the world as the Spirit loved that in a short time, after fuller instruction and when we know them the world. They recognised the Spirit's loving desire for the sufficiently, we may be able to welcome them too into the fold of the salvation of the world; and depending upon the power of the
Church below. Holy Ghost they went forth, not counting their lives dear unto
“One class of pupils has gone through the whole of the Gospel of St.
Matthew and the Acts of the Apostles; another class has studied St. them. They looked for the fulfilment of the promise of success Mark; another bas read chiefly lessons in Old Testament History; while involved in the last command of the Ascending Saviour.
some have read two or three of the Epistles. These have all been read in Those early Churches had the same mind as the Holy Ghost,
Kisuaheli, and rendered sentence by sentence into their own language, and they “ travailed in birth for souls until Christ was formed in
either by the pupils themselves or by us. All of them, and many more, them." It caused “great joy” in their missionary meetings printed in their own language containing the Lord's Prayer, the Creed,
have first read and become perfectly familiar with a pamphlet which we when they heard of what God had done by the hands of their the Ten Commandments, and a series of Scripture Texts. missionaries. Thus were the Churches multiplied and the
“ The work of translation has been continued. A large part of the number of them that believed grew exceedingly.
Old Testament lessons, the service for Morning Prayer, and the BapLet Sion awake. Let her arise and shine. Her instrumen
tismal Service for adults, have been translated. Former translations have
been revised ; while we have added very largely to, and corrected our tality is necessary. Her strength is “the power of the Holy previous vocabularies and grammar." Ghost.” “When Sion travailed she brought forth.”
Will the readers remember these five young men by name Work, for the Saviour cometh,
before the throne of grace ? The spiritual future of the Cometh in all His power, Work, till the King proclaimeth,
Mission may to a large extent depend upon the character of Rest! man's work is o'er,
these first representatives of Uganda Christianity.