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THE CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER.
THE WORKING TOGETHER
One of these was indicated by the Holy Ghost and numbered OF GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE CHURCH IN THE
with the eleven. The seven deacons were men carefully selected EXTENSION OF CHRIST'S KINGDOM.
as “men full of the Holy Ghost and power.” Barnabas went
to seek Saul of Tarsus. The Church of Jerusalem selected and BY THE Rev. J. B. WHITING, M.A., Ticar of St. Luke's, Ramsgate. sent “men of note" to Antioch. Paul “found ” Timothy, and V.
would have him go to the work. Aquila and Priscilla, with great
zeal for Christ, laid hold of Apollos as one mighty in the EADER, men and women, “full of the Holy Ghost
Scriptures, and carefully instructed him to the more perfect and of power,” are needed as messengers of the knowledge of the Gospel
. It was an Apostolic habit to look for Churches. Where are they? “Seek and ye shall
missionaries. Such a habit in our Churches would produce find."
valuable results. “Seek and ye shall find”; for the Holy Spirit Our Lord's words in Matt. xxviii. 19, or Acts i.
shall guide His praying people. 9, can have no real fulfilment unless the succession of missionaries is maintained. The words "ye" and "you” clearly point to a connection between the living disciples and the future THE SEVENTY-TWO THOUSAND POUNDS FOR missionaries. Since "ye" cannot by reason of death “ go into all the world,” ye must find those that shall carry on the work.
CHINA AND JAPAN. Thus the “gates of death” (Matt. xvi. 18) shall not prevail
UR readers will like to hear a little more of Mr. W. against the Church. There is implied in the last command of
C. Jones's noble gift to the cause of Christ, which Christ an obligation upon the Church to furnish missionaries
we briefly mentioned last month. The Fund confrom time to time.
sists of £72,192 18s. 8d. Three per Cents; and the Again, the Saviour said, “The harvest is plenteous, the
objects for which it is given are four: (1) The estalabourers few, pray ye therefore.” But prayer, " the prayer of blishment of colleges for training pastors, evangelists, medical faith,” implies corresponding effort. “Give us this day our missionaries, &c. (Natives); (2) The support of Native agents daily bread,” is the cry of God's children. “He that will not employed by the Society; (3) The development of Native work, neither shall he eat," is the sentence of a prayer-hearing Churches, by helping them to provide their own pastors, churches, God. Idle prayer for missionaries will bring no blessing; schools, &c. ; (4) The promotion of evangelistic work on the either the men will be few, or not of the power and spirit to part of the Native Churches themselves. grapple with the greatness of the work. "Look ye out from The Church Missionary Society has now received funds among yourselves men of good report,” is the way in which the amounting to about £130,000 from this one generous donor Holy Ghost replies to our prayer.
within nine years. Our friends will all unite in thanking God What an interesting scene opens to our view in Acts xiii. ! for putting it into His servant's heart thus to dedicate his The Christians at Antioch pitied the heathen in their streets. substance to the cause of Foreign Missions. We especially They observed that many of the frequenters of that great centre rejoice that China and Japan should now share in Mr. Jones's of trade came from Asia Minor. They united in prayer and liberality, which has hitherto mainly benefited India, and in a fasting. Looking to God and learning lessons of self-denial, smaller degree, Africa and Palestine. they considered how they could best meet the demands of the But it is of great importance that our friends should underperishing heathen. As they “ministered" in devout suppli- stand what the new Fund will do, and what it will not do. cation and willingness to follow the Lord's guiding, they Already a strangely mistaken notion has found utterance. discovered, perhaps to their surprise and regret, indications Why," it has been said, "you have already got almost the which led them to a final choice of the men who should go. We • Half as much again! Now, first of all, the £72,000 is not are not told in the brief record what preceded this result, but income, but capital, of the greater part of which only the interest the analogy of our own experience leads us to conclude that will be available year by year. And then Mr. Jones's distinct many young and ardent men would offer themselves, or the and avowed purpose is, not to save the Society one penny of its mind of the Church would direct itself to others. But they expenditure, but rather to make a larger expenditure on its part waited till the Holy Spirit guided them to suitable agents. possible and necessary. The money is to be wholly spent upon
Barnabas and Saul were among the best men in Antioch for Native agents, Native churches, &c., and the additional missionpastoral work, and for edifying the Church. They had been
They had been aries required for their training and superintendence and said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto The promotion of the four objects above named will unI have called them." How did the Holy Ghost make this doubtedly involve, in time, a considerable extension of the known to the praying Church? How did God teach this early Society's own work in China and Japan. In fact, the gift canAntioch Church to fast from their own privileges and to send to not be fully utilised without such extension. Let us rejoice in the mission field such holy and able men ? Surely by outward, such a prospect; but let us take this one lesson to heart, that the circumstances which made evident to a Church burning with zeal Half as much again” will be more urgently needed than ever. for the perishing heathen that they must "separate,” by an act And surely such an example of large-hearted liberality ought of their own, these great men for the work to which the Holy to stimulate us all to do more than we are now doing. Very Ghost had called them. “Separate " is a word pregnant with few of us can give seventy thousand pounds! But a great many meaning. It must imply the removal of all hindrances and the who now give one pound could give seven pounds, and a great overcoming of reluctance if any remained. It clearly points to many who put a shilling into the plate at a collection could put definite action on the part of the Church.
in seven shillings. That would be much more worthy of the great So we find in all the chapters of the Acts. Two men
cause, and much more worthy of the love we profess to the possessed of well-considered qualifications were selected, after Great [aster who loved us and died for us, than even “ Half as the Ascension of our Lord, by the whole body of disciples. much again."
ON THE ROAD TO GIRIAMA: DIGGING FOR WATER. (From a Photograph by the Rev. W. S. Price.)
NOTES FROM EAST AFRICA.
and everything put shipshape, drew forth exclamations of surprise; but
the great sight was Shaw changing his damp clothes. Those of them BY THE Rev. W. S. PRICE.
who were fortunate enough to see him stripped had something to talk
about for a long time to come. III.-A VISIT TO GODOMA AND FULLADOYO.
We saw several companies of men to-day on their way from Giriama [The following notes of Mr. Price's recent journey to the Giriama
to Rabbai for tembo. They carry calabashes full of Indian corn, which districts give most intere ting glimpses of the country and people, and
they exchange for an equal measure of the intoxicating liquor of which
they are so fond, and which is the curse of the country. The traffic at also of the little Christian communities at Godoma and Fulladoyo. For this season is always going on, and a large proportion of the male poputhe origin of these settlements see Gleaner of January, 1878, and May, lation have little else to do. They think nothing of going forty or fifty 1881. Dr. Krapf's intercourse with these same Wanika tribes thirty-five miles for a few gallons of this poisonous stuff. This love of drink, or years ago is also described in the chapter of his life-story in our present
rather the drunken habits of the people, can scarcely fail to be a fornumber.]
midable obstacle to the spread of the Gospel amongst them. It is the
“strong man armed,” but thanks be to God there is "& stronger than The Start.
he," and in Him is our hope. RERE TOWN, Monday, February 20th.—Special prayer Have been thinking much as to the best way of bringing the Gospel
meeting this morning to ask of God to bless and prosper fairly before these poor people. In a journey such as we are now taking, our journey to Giriama. The room was well filled. There with a special object in view, little or nothing can be done. We ourwas one prayer in English and another in Kisuaheli. selves—all our movements, and all our little contrivances—a folding Then came the mustering and sending off our porters with chair-a good lantern—the striking fire from a match-all fill them with
their loads : a good two hours' work. We started in the astonishment. It will take time and frequent visits before they can be Alice at 1 P.M., reaching the landing at Makerungi at 5. The donkeys brought to regard the Wazungu (foreigners] as ordinary individuals, whoso were there, but we chose to walk. It is only a distance of about seven only object in coming to them is to tell of God's love, and point them miles to Ribe, but that in Africa to a man just recovering from fever, and the way of life. And yet though they are such a simple folk they are quite out of training, is no joke.
by no means wanting in intelligence, and there is nothing to preclude Incidents of the Journey.
the hope of their becoming, new creatures in Christ Jesus” when once
their hearts are opened by the Holy Spirit. Wednesday, February 22nd.- Reached our camping ground, near the Thursday, February 23rd.—Had all packed up and made a start at village of Makulungu, a little before 6. Up go our tents, and out 6 A.M. Two hours and a half brought us to a resting-place, just on the edge come the natives, headed by their chief, to admire and wonder at every- of a forest, of twelve miles in extent, which lies between us and Godoma. thing they see. The rapidity with which our houses (tents) were raised, We brought a little water with which Pinto managed to cook our breakfast, but there was none for our poor men. We found a small pit containing a few tumblers of very muddy water, but we wanted as many gallons that each one might have a little ; so out with pickaxe and spade, and to it with a will to enlarge the hole, and woo the precious fluid into it. Alas, it was labour in vain, as far as we were concerned, though we had done a good work for other poor thirsty travellers who may follow us. So our porters had to shoulder their loads again, and press on in the hope of better things further on. I took a photo. of the men at work, searching for water in the wilderness—not an uncommon incident in African travel during the dry hot season. It struck me as rather a good and suggestive illustration of Ps. lxiii. 2—"a dry and thirsty land where no water is.” (See the picture opposite.)
Our way now lay through the forest, not an English forest with fine old giant oaks and elms, but a forest of rather stunted trees, many of them covered with climbing plants, and thick enough, for the most part, to shade the path from the fierce rays of the sun; whilst here and there were open glades where he took his revenge and made us pant. At length we came to two pits containing a plentiful supply of water. Very dirty and muddy it looked, but it was as nectar to our jaded, thirsty porters; and we, too, drank freely of it, asking no questions and shutting our eges. The traveller in Africa must not be too dainty. Another hour's trudging, and we were as thirsty as before.
I was in front, when turping a corner I suddenly found myself in the midst of a group of cocoa-nut palms, loaded with clusters of young fruit. “Ndafu, mdafu !" I shouted, and in a few moments the porters had deposited their loads, and were climbing like monkeys the tall stems, and sending down a shower of nuts. Each nut is full of delicious liquid, clear as crystal, and oh, what a treat we had. We emptied about thirty or forty, when the owner of the trees coming on the scene, we made him happy with a new jembe—a common native spade or hoe. After a short rest we started for the last stage of our journey, and reached Godoma in good time to put up tents, and make all snug before sunset.
GALLA WOMEN, EAST AFRICA.
(Photographed by the Rev. W. S. Price.) Saturday, February 25th.—Started early for Mwaiba, the place which has been purchased with the view of making it a central station for the white men have passed this way, and many of them had not had a chance Giriama country. It lies about seven miles in a south-easterly direction of seeing one before. Nothing seemed to astonish them more than my from Godoma. A pleasant ride through forest and plain, over a succession taking off my helmet. It seemed to them as if I had removed the top of bills and valleys, brought us to the village, very prettily situated on of my head. the crest of the elevated spot which goes by the name of Mwaiba. We We got to Mwaiba for breakfast, and spent the day there, putting up passed through several good large villages on our way, and created a great under the shade of a lemon tree. The place is about 600 feet above the sensation wherever we came. Men left their tembo, and women their sea, has a supply of good water not far distant, occupies a commanding waterpots and mills, and followed by troops of children came running out of their villages to see the strange“ Wazungu
view of the surrounding country, has a number of villages within easy
pass. Having got distance, and altogether seems to be a most eligible spot for a centre of one sight of us, they took short cuts across the fields to be in time for evangelistic work amongst the Giriama people. I feel that no time should another, and thus they followed us for a mile or two on the road, There be lost in occupying this important post. What a splendid sphere for a was no rudeness or incivility, but simply irresistible curiosity. Only few young missionary whose heart is in his work !
From Godoma to Fulladoyo. Sunday, February 26th.-Spent the day at Godoma. The Christians, who are scattered about in villages five or six miles distant, came in with wives and children for the day to attend the services, which, in the absence of a catechist, are regularly kept up by Petros. We had service at 11 A.M. The place was well filled, and a good many Wanika gathered round the doors and windows. I endeavoured to set before them “the Son of man lifted up." May God the Holy Spirit make it a word in season.
As we are a large party we are sorely off for water, and our men have already drained out most of the few pits on which the people depend for their supply; so as a matter of necessity, and not to cause a dearth in the land, we struck our tents and packed up our things after sunset, and started on a night march to Fulladoyo, a distance of about twenty miles. This was all the more expedient as we were warned that there was no water on the way, and in the daytime our men would have been greatly distressed. We had a good moon, but at times the forest was so thick, and the way so dark, that progress was difficult, and we got not a
few scratches and rents from the prickly THE THREE CHIEF MEN AT FULLADOYO.
cactus which here abounds. On, on we (Photographed by the Rev. W. S. Price.)
went for about twelve miles, when we came
to a small open space in the jungle, where we were all glad to take a rest. THE STORY OF THE LIFE OF DR. KRAPF, It was no place or time for pitching tents, so I threw myself on my kitanda (camp bedstead]—Shaw under his-drew down my curtain to
The Pioneer-Missionary of East Africa. keep off the heavy dew, and committing myself and companions to the
TOLD BY HIMSELF. Heavenly Father's care, slept soundly till 5 A.M. Our tired and thirsty men set down their burdens and were soon fast asleep, dreaming no doubt
VI.-LABOURS AND TRIALS AMONG THE WANIKA, of the pure waters of Fulladoyo, which they hope to enjoy to-morrow.
UGUST 25th, 1847.-It is a year to-day since we arrived Monday, February 27th.-Started at 6 A.M., and after a good march of
here. How much grace and mercy has the Lord shown to three hours reached Fulladoyo. We got into a deep wide valley, sur
his servants during this year! How mightily has He prerounded by not very high hills, and presenting the appearance of a great amphitheatre, glorying in all kinds of tropical verdure. At the bottom
served us within and without! By His aid we have had of the valley we came to a river, on reaching which our men fired off
access to this people; have built a habitation to dwell in, their guns to give warning of our approach, which were quickly replied
and above all, have raised a humble fane, though but a poor hut, for to from the other side. The river is about twenty feet wide at this season, worship; have laid out a small garden, and opened a school. We have and is covered with a beautiful lily in full blossom. The very sight of made tolerable proficiency in the language, prepared books for the people, the clear, bright liquid was refreshing after our weary march; and more so still the warm reception we met with from the people of Fulladoyo.
preached the Gospel to many Wanika, Wakamba, and Suahili, and Several large trees had been felled and laid from bank to bank to form
become acquainted with the manner and customs, the prejudices, and, in a bridge for us to cross the river; and a wide road had been cleared short, with the good and evil qualities, as well as the geographical relathrough the thick wood which leads up thence to their village. So much tions of these tribes, by which means our allotted task in Eastern Africa evidence of energy and publio spirit I have seen nowhere else in Africa. has become clearer to us. A great crowd was collected on the opposite bank, and as we stepped from the bridge on to Fulladoyo ground a shout of joy rang through the forest
October 14th.- This evening Rebmann set forth on his journey to and echoed among the hills, which produced sensations in me which I
Kadiaro. We read Isaiah xlix., and prayed together, asking a blessing shall never forget, but which I cannot describe. Then came the shaking
upon our work, and beseeching that this journey might be made effectual of hands. Men and women crowded upon us, each one eager for a shake, towards the extension of the Gospel in the interior. and "yambo, yambo sana" greeted us on all sides.
October 25th.-I had the pleasure of welcoming the return of my The Christian Settlement at Fulladoyo.
beloved fellow-labourer Rebmann from Kadiaro in good health. He was On emerging from the wood we came at once upon a large village, or
the bearer of much valuable information, and stated that the Teita people rather a small town; the best built and most orderly kept of any I have had given him a friendly reception, with permission to dwell among them, seen in this country. I had rather expected to find here a large number and preach the Gospel. This so powerfully raised my spirits to-day, that of half-wild and desperate men—the scum of the population-slaves who
I thought earnestly and deeply upon the extension of our missionary having run away from their masters were herded together here in disorder and confusion. On the contrary, I found a comfortably settled and
labours. Oh, that we had men and means enough for the noble field well ordered community, meeting together morning and evening in a
which is opening upon us ! A missionary often shares in common the place of worship, which they have put up at their own cost, to hear the
desires and aspirations of a great conqueror. Word of God, and join in prayer and praise. I saw, too, on all sides November 14th.-At the commencement of public worship to-day, there the signs of industry and prosperity. There was altogether an air of were some twenty persons present, who left us, however, as soon as we had uncommon respectability about the place. The houses are neatly and strongly built, and the shambas are well cultivated and rich with Indian
finished the singing, which Rebmann accompanied on the flageolet. The corn and other grain and fruits. They put us up in a nicely thatched
harvest is small, yet we will not despond, but trust to Him who can unfinished shed in the centre of the village, which we liked all the more
animate the dead and awaken them to a new and better life! Rebmann because it was quite open at both ends, thus giving us plenty of air. The had also compo ed a hymn in the Kinika language, which we sang during only disadvantage of this arrangement was that crowds of Wanika flocked the service. The following is one of the verses :in upon us the day through to feast their eyes on the wondrous“ Wazungu," and it was next to impossible to get a few moments of privacy to our
Jesus Christos, fania Jesus Christ, make selves. Towards evening the people of the place, one by one, began to
Moyowangu muvia; My heart new;
Thou art my Saviour, come in, bringing us presents of such things as they had. I never saw
Uzi ussa maigangu
Thou hast forgiven me my sin, anything like it before. I counted about thirty fowls, some dozens of eggs,
Jesus Christos, fania Jesus Christ, make a goat, and enough rice and ground Indian corn to feast our men all the way
Moyowangu muvia. My heart new. back. I really felt ashamed to receive these things, and yet they were January 11th, 1818.—To-day the completion of my English-Suahili given evidently with such good will, that one felt it would pain them if one refused their offerings; so I accepted them, mentally resolving to
and Kinika Dictionary closes a long and troublesome labour. My task repay them in some way or other without appearing to do so.
will now be, (1) to make a copy of this dictionary ; (2) to continue my Tuesday, February 28th.—Rose early and scrambled into our clothes translation of the New Testament, and of Dr. Barth’s “ Bible Stories”; as best we could under the gaze of the ever curious Wanika, who had (3) to make, daily, an excursion to the plantations of the Wanika, and preach already begun to put in an appearance. At 6.30 A.M. the bell rung for to them ; (4) to instruct such Wanika children as wish for instruction ; (5) prayers, and in a few minutes the large room was full and the verandahs too. I thought it better to let Abi Sidi conduct the service as usual.
to address the Wanika of the district, and to devote myself to those who After a hymn, which was heartily sung, Abi Sidi read, and made remarks
visit us at our home from far and near; and (6) from time to time to upon a few verses from Gen. vi., and in simple and earnest language set
make journeys into the interior, in order to become acquainted with its forth Jesus Christ as the true ark of refuge, provided by a merciful God geographical and ethnological peculiarities and languages, preaching the for perishing sinners. Then followed the prayers : a selection from the Gospel as far as can be done on these journeys, and thus pave the way for Book of Common Prayer, of which now, thanks to Bishop Steere, we have a fair translation; and very touching and soul-stirring it was to
the mission in the interior, when we shall have received more fellowhear them all as with one voice joining in the Confession, Lord's Prayer,
labourers from Europe. and General Thanksgiving. I wish my congregation at Wingfield could
March 9th.—This morning, two old Waníka women, as self-righteous have heard them. The usual morning prayer ended, I gave a short as any persons in Europe can be, paid me a visit. When I spoke of the address, and was followed by Shaw, after which G. David concluded with evil heart of man one of the women said: “Who has been slandering me a suitable extempore prayer. I never witnessed greater decorum and attention in any congregation, which is much to say when we consider
to you? I have a good heart, and know of no sin.” The old woman who and what those poor people lately were—and what in fact they
said: “I came to you to ask for a garment, and not to listen to your still are-ruraway slaves.
manens (discourse).” A Wanika said: “If I am to be always praying I turned my back on Fulladoyo with a feeling of intense thankfulness to your Lord, how can I look after my plantation ?" to God for all I have seen and heard. I cannot help feeling that here March 17th. It was inwardly made manifest to me to-day, that for we have the beginning af a great movement, and one that bids fair to do some time past I have attacked too fiercely the heathen customs and more to give a death-blow to the wretched slave system of this country superstitions of the Wanika, the sight of the abominations moving me to than all your treaties and men-of-war. May God in IIis good Providence overrule it, so that multitudes of these poor people who have
indignation; and that I ought to preach more the love of the Redeemer thrown off the yoke of their oppressors may be brought to the know
for His sheep lost, and gone astray, or taken captive by Satan. I must ledge of Jesus Christ and be made “free indeed.”
bring them closer to the cross of Christ; show more compassion, and let
my words be full of commiseration and pity; looking forward earnestly | Africa; and Rebmann resolved to enter on the long, difficult, and and prayerfully for the conversion of this hard people more from God's dangerous journey. blessing upon the work than from my own activity. It is neither the April 5th.—Rebmann entered on the journey to Uniamesi. gifts nor the works, neither the words nor the prayers and feelings of the April 28th.--Spoke seriously with the chief respecting the indifference missionary, but the Lord Jesus alone who can convert a human being of the Wanika, who will not learn even now, after we have procured It is He who must say: "Lazarus, come forth," and though bound hand them books at a great cost; for some time ago we received 500 printed and foot, the dead man will come forth from the grave of sin and death, copies each of my Kinika version of the Gospel of Luke, of the Heidelberg and live!
Catechism, and of a primer from Bombay, where they had been printed April 19th to 21st.--I went to Mombaz to forward Rebmann's journey at the expense of the Church Missionary Society. * to Jagga, and to purchase necessaries for it. The governor of the fortress June 10th.- Arrival of our brothers Erhardt and Wagner in Mombaz. was somewhat dubious on the subject, and was unwilling that Rebmann June 15th.-Poor Erhardt came to Rabbai in quite an exhausted state, should undertake the journey, on the ground that it was exposed to many and I feared that the fever would terminate fatally; for he was in a much dangers from Galla, Wakuafi, Masai, as well as wild beasts. In any case, worse plight than Rebmann and myself in 1846. said he, he must not ascend the mountain Kilimanjaro, because it is full June 20th.-Erhardt still very ill. Wagner also attacked by fever. of evil spirits (Jins). For, said he, people who have ascended the moun- June 27th.—To-day Rebmann came back from Jagga. The Lord has tain have been slain by the spirits, their feet and hands have been stiffened, preserved him from many and great dangers. their powder has hung fire, and all kinds of disasters have befallen them. July 1st.--The crisis of Erhardt's fever is over, and he is progressing I did not then know that there was snow upon the mountain, and there- towards convalescence; Wagner, on the contrary, is worse. fore merely said that Rebmann would not go too near the fine sand, which, July 3rd. It seems to me necessary, for the sake of future misas I then supposed, must have caused the destruction of the people. sionaries, that I must learn the Kikamba, Kiteita, Jagga, and Kisambara
April 27th.–To-day, my dear brother Rebmann began his journey to languages. Jagga, and I accompanied him a short way, and committed him to the August 1st.–Our dear brother Johannes Wagner ended his sufferings protection of Almighty God.
yesterday, and was summoned into a better world by the Lord and Giver May 11th.--I came upon some ten persons, to whom I discoursed upon of life, who in the midst of life hath placed us in death! IncompreJohn iii. A cripple named Mringe wondered, like Nicodemus, when I hensible at first appeared to us this guidance which so quickly took from said, that man must be born again. He asked, how that could be ? us our newly-arrived fellow-labourer; but bis very death has brought a
May 31st.—The cripple Mringe called upon me to-day in Rabbai-Mpia blessing to the Wanika, and although dead, he still speaks to them; for for the first time. I told him that we must acknowledge and worship they have now, for the first time, seen the death and burial of a Christian, God, as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. These were memorable words to whose joyful hope is in Christ, the life and the resurrection. After I had him, and made an extraordinary impression.
read the funeral service of the English liturgy, translating it into the June 6th.—The cripple Mringe called again upon me, and I explained Kinika language, I spoke to those present and those who had dug the to him a portion of the history of the passion of Christ.
grave, on 1 Thessalonians iv. 13, and finally we sang some verses of a June 12th.-I went to Mombaz, to greet my dear fellow-labourer upon bymn. From all this the natives were enabled to recognise the marked his return from Jagga, and to hear the details of his journey.*
distinction between Christianity and the horrible wailing and other dark September 2nd.--I began my translation of the Gospel of St. John into practices of heathenism ; and so in this way our departed friend did not the Kinika language.
come in vain into this benighted land. September 21st.-I completed the translation of the Gospel of St. John into the Kinika language.
THE CRY OF THE HEATHEN. November 19th.-Mringe said he wished to buy a hut, in which he might be alone and gather people round him; so I gave him half a dollar
, THE Rev. Ruttonji Nowroji
, of Aurungabad, in the dominions of and with this he got a hut built, in which I visited him. It was impossible
the Nizam of Hydrabad, Central India, was preaching with his for this sick and suffering, but God-seeking man longer to remain in the
Christian helpers last year at a town called Paitan, on the River confined hut of his mother, who had begun to hate him as soon as he
Godavery. There was a great Hindu fair going on, which was attended commenced to love the Word. His relations, too, despise him, and yet by thousands of people. He writes :this poor man cannot work and earn his bread.
In the great gathering of this celebrated town we have managed to
I November 29th.--Mringe was with me during the night. We dis- keep our preaching for twelve hours daily, for nearly a week.
calculated that at least 10,000 or 12,000 people heard the Gospel message, coursed towards midnight about the world to come and the City of God; and never did they hear us with greater attention and pleasure. I have about the occupations of the blessed, and the incorruptible body of our noticed a strange desire on their part to know our religion. There is a future state, and many other things. My poor cripple devoured the restlessness, an increasing restlessness, on the part of the masses, and words as they fell from my lips; and I saw that they made an impression often have I heard them exclaim,“ Oh, do show us the way of salvation ! on him, and felt happy indeed, for it is at moments like these that one
Show us the inner mysteries of your religion. We are far from being
happy. . We want peace. feels the importance of a missionary's calling. A missionary who feels the religion give what ours cannot ?”
Our religions do not satisfy us. working of the Spirit within him, and is upheld in its manifestation to I will mention one instance. A Brahmin, employed as schoolmaster, others, is the happiest being upon earth. In his sight what are royal and visited us daily. He had several questions to propose, and he was so imperial honours compared with the office of a preacher in the bush or
earnest that it was a pleasure to converse with him. At the time of lonely hut?
parting he put up both his hands-joining them together (which Brahmins December 15th.-In great Rabbai there is said
never do, except only to Brahmins) —and with moistened eyes he told me, be a kisuka, a little
in the presence of a large audiencedevil, i.e., an image probably of a saint which the Portuguese left behind “Oh, sir, how grateful I am for the trouble you have taken in solving them after their expulsion from Mombaz, which is now reverenced by the my difficulties, and how much I feel refreshed and comforted. I will Wanika as a kind of war-god, and is borne round in procession before remember your kindness to my dying day. I know not when God will the outbreak of a war to rouse the warriors to beroic deeds. This is the permit us to meet each other. But, oh, sir, let me make one request. only idol I have heard of in Eastern Africa, and it remarkably enough call upon my countrymen to learn to read.
In all your preaching, and at the conclusion of every religious discourse,
When they read your comes from an idolatrous Christian church.
Scriptures they will be convinced that Christianity is divine, revealing to February 16th, 1819.—Rebmann returned to-day from his second sinners God's plan of salvation. I feel so sorry to part with you, but my journey to Jagga. It appears desirable to extend our journeys of explora- leave is up, and I must be at my post. But from the bottom of my heart tion by way of Jagga to Uniamesi, and thence to the western coast of
I thank you."
* It was a copy of this Kinika St. Luke that Abe Nga took with him to * It was on this journey that Rebmann discovered the snow-clad mountain the Giriama country, and which was the origin of the Christian community Kilimanjaro, which is 3,000 feet higher than Mont Blanc.
there. See GLEANER, Jan., 1878,