صور الصفحة
PDF
النشر الإلكتروني

H.

tambi.

Rev. S. Asirvatam.

Muttra

nen.

an old missionary continued to instruct Shitab and Belmati, and prepared CENTRAL PROVINCES.—Station : Jubbulpore. Proposed Mission to them for baptism.

Gônd hill-tribes. Missionary, 1 (more designated); Native Christians, 160. When Faith returned with her teacher to Secundra, she again resumed PUNJAB.-Stations: Amritsar, Labore, Kotgur, Kangra, Pind Dadan the classes at the Orphanage, which she had taught from the age of Khan, Multan, Dera Ismail Khan, Bunnoo, Peshawar, Kashmir

. At fifteen. She carried on her work most faithfully and diligently, and the Amritsar, Correspor ing Committee for Punjab and ndh; meetings of Lord gave His blessing. So passed some months, and then came a great | Punjab Native Church Council; important mission agencies of all kinds. change in Faith's life.

At Lahore, Divinity College founded by Rev. T. V. (now Bishop) French. (To be continued.)

At Pind Dadan Khan, head-quarters of Jhelum Itinerant Mission. At
Peshawar, congregation of Afghan converts from Mohammedanism. In

Kashmir, Medical Mission. Missionaries, 20; Native Clergy, 6; Native LIST OF THE C.M.S. INDIAN NATIVE CLERGY. Christians, 740.

SINDH.-Stations : Kurrachee, Hydrabad. Missionaries, 3; Native Bengal.

Tinnerelly.
Calcutta......

Christians, 90.
Palamcotta
Rev. Piari Mohun Rudra.

Rev. Jesudåsen John.
Rev. Rajkristo Bose.
District. Rev. M. Perianayagam.

BOMBAY.--Corresponding Committee for Western India. English
Rev. Modhu Sudan Seal.

Rev. Atidasen Asirvadam. Church (Girgaum). Native congregation. Robert Money School. Krishnagar ...Rev. Molam Bigwas.

Rev. Swamidåsen Nalla- Mohammedan Mission. Hostel for Christian boys. Missionaries, 3; Rev. Sartok Biswas. Santal Mission.Rev. Ram Charan.

Rev. J. Sebagnanam.

Native Clergy, 2; Native Christians, 150.

DECCAN.-Stations : Nasik, Junir, Malligam, Aurungabad. At Masik, North-West Provinces.

Rev. S, Sandosham. Benares Rev. Amun Masih Levi.

Christian village of Sharanpur. Missionaries, 2; Native clergy, 3;

Rev. D. Abraham.
Allahabad. Rev. David Mohun.
Lucknow

Native Christians, 950.
..Rev. Dari Solomon.

Mengnânapu- Rev. Periyanayagam Aru

ram District. Agra

MADRAS.—Corresponding Committee for South India. Native con

manayagam.
Rev. Katwaru Lall.
.Rev. Madho Ram.

Rev. Devanayagam Vira- gregations, schools, &c. Mohammedan Mission with Harris School, Meerut

vågu. Rev. David Jeremy.

Rev. Samuel Gnânamuttu.

Itinerant Mission in the environs. Missionaries, 6; Native Clergy, 4; Rev. J. Richards.

Rev. Thos. Vedanayagam.

Native Congregations, 21; Native Christians, 1,700.
Punjab.

Rev. Joseph David.

TINNEVELLY.-Numerous Christian congregations scattered among Amritsar Rev. Imad-ud-din.

Rev. Asirvadam Gnana-
Rev. Daud Singh.

776 towns and villages, and administered by District Church Councils

muttu. Rev. Sadiq Masih.

Rev. Aaron Vêdamuttu. under the general superintendence of Bishop Sargent. Districts : PalamNarowal.. Rev. Bhola Nath Ghose.

Rev. David Stephen. cotta, Mengnanapuram, Dohnavur, Paneivelei, Pannikulam, Nallur, Derajat Rev. John Williams.

Rev. David Perinbam. Peshawar ...... Rev. Imam Shah.

Rev. Ralph IIopper.

Surandei, Suviseshapuram, Sivagasi. At Palamcotta, English Institution; Rev. John Si reon.

Theological Class ; Sarah Tucker Female Training Institution, to which Western India,

Rev. S. Massillámani. Bombay. ........ Rev. Appaji Bapuji.

are affiliated many village girls' schools. Missionaries, 6; Native Clergy,

Rev. D. Arulanantam.
Rev. Jani Alli.
Nasik

Rev. G. Arumanayagam.

48; Native Congregations, 768; Native Christians, 41,500. Rev. Lucas Maloba.

Rev. D. Védanayagam.

TRAVANCORE. - Districts : Cottayam, Mundakayam, Mavelikara, TiruMalligam ...... Rev. Shankar Balawant.

Rev. V. Gnanamuttu. Aurungabad...Rev. Kuttonji Nowroji.

wella, Allepie, Cochin, Trichur, Kunnankulam. At Cottayam, Cambridge Dohnavur Rev. Isaac Samuel.

Nicholson Institution ; Cottayam College. At Mundakayam, Mission to Madras.

District. Rev. Samuel Màsillámani. Madras Rev. W. T. Sattianadhan.

Rev. V. Gnanayutam.

the Arrian hill-tribes. Missionaries, 7; Native Clergy, 15; Native Rev. V. Simeon.

Rey, P. David.

Congregations, 240; Native Christians, 19,300.
Rev. Joseph Cornelius. Panneivilei Rev. Abraham Isaac.

TELUGU Mission.—Districts : Masulipatam, Ellore, Bezwara, Ragha-
Rev. T. Ephraim.

District. Rev. David Rasentiram. Ootacamund... Rev. Samuel Paul.

Rev. Abraham Rasentiram. puram, Dumagudem. At Masulipatam, Noble High School. At

Rev. Gnânamuttu Sarku-
Telugu Mission.

Dumagudem, Mission to Koi hill-tribes. Missionaries, 9; Native Clergy,
Ellore...... .Rev. G. Krishnayya.
Pannikulam Rev. M. Dévaprasadam.

3; Native Congregations, 147; Native Christians, 4,000. Bezwara.... Rev. Manchala Ratnam. District. Rev. Måsillâmnani Gnana

General Statistics of C.M.8. Missions in India :-Missionaries (inDumagudem... Rev. I. Vencatarama Razu.

pragasam

cluding those at home)-clerical, 107; lay, 27. Native Clergy, 95. Travancore.

Rev. John Nallatambi.

Native Lay Teachers, 1,717. Native Christian Adherents, 80,700. Pallam ... Rev. Koshi Koshi.

Rev. S. Védakan.
Mallapalli...... Rev. Itty Cherian.
Nallur District.Rev.Dêvasagayam Gnana-

Communicants, 17,400. Baptisms in 1877—adults, 1,344; children, Putupalli Rev. Joseph Poten.

muttu.

3,066. Schools, 1,088. Scholars—boys, 12,220; girls, 3,640. Cochin Rev. Ambarta Thôma.

Rev.Gnanamuttu Yesudian, Tallawadi Rev. George Curian.

Rev. V. Tarmakan. Ericarte. Rev. Kiti Jâco.

Surandei Rev. Antony James. Kannit Rev. Kuruwella Kuruwella. District. Rev. Suviseshamuttu

OTHER MISSIONS IN INDIA. Changanachery.Rev. Kunengheri Kôrata.

Swamidâ sen. Katanam ....... Rev. Pulinekanatha Wir

Rev. Luke Simeon.

The following figures are taken from the tables compiled for the ghese

Rev. V. Abraham. Kodawalaniya. Rev. Chandapilla Thoma. Nallammalpu-Rev. Madurendiram Sava

Allahabad Missionary Conference of 1872-3, which comprise the returns Ellantur Rev. Oomen Màmen. ram District. riroyan.

from the various societies for 1871:Mavelikara ... Rev. Jacob Tarien. Suviseshapu

The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel had 41 Missionaries, Mundakayam. Rev. P. Matthew Curien.

ram District. Rev. Perpettan Samuel.
Olesha
Rev. A. Jaco.
Sivagasi Rev. V. Vêdanayagam.

and 45,000 Native Christians. It works at Calcutta ; in Chota Nagpore ; Cambridge In

District. Rev. D. Dêvaprasadam. at Cawnpore and Delhi; in the Bombay Presidency; in Madras, stitution ..... Rev. Jacob Chandy.

Rev. Abrahain Samuel. Tinnevelly, Tanjore, and other southern provinces.

The London Missionary Society had 44 Missionaries and 40,000

Native Christians, at Calcutta, Benares, Mirzapore; in Travancore and SUMMARY OF C.M.S. WORK IN INDIA. other southern districts; among Canarese and Telugu-speaking people.

The Wesleyans had 22 Missionaries and 1,000 Native Christians ; CalcutTÁ.—Corresponding Committee for North India Missions. labouring at Calcutta and Madras, in Mysore, and in Tanjore. English Church (the “Old Church”). 12 Native congregations in The Baptists had 32 Missionaries and 9,000 Native Christians, in city and environs. Calcutta Church Missionary Association, for local | Bengal, Orissa, the N.W. Provinces, and at Delhi. evangelistic and school work. Cathedral Mission College, for high-class The Scotch, Irish, and English Presbyterian Missions had 40 Missioneducation on Christian principles. Missionaries, 7; Native Clergy, 3; aries and 3,400 Native Christians. They work in Bengal, the Central Native Christians, 1,270.

Provinces, Rajputana, Gujerat, Bombay Presidency, and at Madras. BENGAL (Rural). --Stations: Krishnagur, Burdwan. In Krishnagur, Various American societies, particularly the Board of Missions 50 Native congregations; Training Institution for schoolmasters; Class (Congregationalist), the Presbyterians, and the Episcopal Methodists, had of theological students. Missionaries, 3; Native Clergy, 2; Native just 100 Missionaries, and 24,000 Native Christians, in the N.W. ProChristians, 5,800.

vinces, Oudh, the Punjab, the Central Provinces, the Bombay Presidency ; SANTÂL MISSION.- Mission to aboriginal Santâl race. Stations : and in Madura, Arcot, Nellore, and other parts of Southern India. Taljhari, Hiranpur, Godda, Bhagaya, Bahawa. (Also at Bhagalpur, for German Protestant societies, including the Basle Mission, bad 42 IIindu population.) Missionaries, 6; Native Clergy, 1; Native Chris- Missionaries and 25,000 Native Christians in Chota Nagpore, the Bombay tians-Santalia, 1,600, Bhagalpur, 360.

Presidency, the Malabar Coast, and various parts of South India. Nobtu-West Provinces --Stations : Benares, Jaunpur and Azim- Adding to these the 102 Missionaries and 69,000 Native Christians of ghur, Gorruckpore, Allahabad, Lucknow, Fyzabad, Agra, Alighur, the Church Missionary Society in 1871, and a few others belonging to Meerut. At all these, Native congregations, schools, evangelistic work, smaller agencies, we get a grand total for that year of 488 Missionaries &c. At Benares, Jay Narain's School, Orphanages. At Gorruckpore, and 221,000 Native Christians. The celebrated Government Report of Orphanage, Christian village. At Agru, St. John's College, Secundra 1873, including Burmah and Ceylon, reckoned 600 Missionaries and Orphanage. In Meerut district, Christian agricultural colonies. Mis- 318,000 Christians. The past six years have much increased the total, sionaries, 17; Native Clergy, 7; Native Christians, 3,260.

The C.M.S. alone has added 12,000 Christians to its list in the interval

THE CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER.

NOVEMBER, 1878.

VINEYARD WORK.

the great Mogul Emperors. The traces of their luxury and BY THE Rev. G. EVERARD, Vicar of St. Mark's, Wolverhampton.

magnificence are still to be seen in the dilapidated remains

of mosques, garden-palaces, marble fountains, and sculptured X.-THE MINISTRY OF INTERCEGSION.

pillars, and in the richest of all their gifts, the stately and beau“Epaphras . . . . always labouring fervently for you in prayers.”

tiful chunar tree, which they caused to be transplanted hither for Col. iv, 12.

the embellishment of this lovely land. ERE is a bright example of a prayerful spirit. The city of Srinuggur, the capital, is built on the banks of

Epaphras was a true servant of Christ, and he the Jhelum ; the houses on either side stand close to the water's followed his Master in this. He was in earnest in edge, some of them, supported on piles, projecting far over it. prayer. His petitions were full of fire and life. Seen dimly through the delicately carved wood-work of the

He“ laboured” or strove in prayer, and he laboured half-open lattice, you will now and then catch a glimpse of the " fervently.” Nor were his petitions confined to his own neces- graceful form and face of some fair Kashmir girl, with braided sities. He remembered the Christians at Colosse, and sought tresses and dark bright eyes, shyly peeping out on the crowded grace for them from above. He longed that they should advance river below. Near the city the waters expand into a silvery and grow in faith and holiness. He asked that they might lake, dotted with islands and floating gardens of melons and "stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”

cucumbers.

Above its clustered houses rises the hill Hari Let each of us exercise a like ministry of intercessary prayer.

Parhit, with an ancient fortress on its summit, and beyond, The ministry of gift is precious. That of personal effort in across the plain of green mosaic, forming a beautiful background soul-winning is still more so. But that of hearty, believing to the whole, rearing their peaks out of the midst of a dark belt supplication on behalf of others is most precious of all.

of pine and cedar forests, appear the white heights of the lofty I may exercise this when every other door seems closed. Means Pir Punjab, which separates Kashmir from the Punjab. Two may be scanty, and it may be impossible to give much to the will and lofty passes lead from the one territory to the other, at Lord's treasury. Home duties, feeble health, a lonely position, an altitude of from 900 to 1100 feet above the sea-level. may make it difficult to reach many by my words. But prayer,

Amidst all the advantages of fertility, delightful scenery, and al, effectual, believing prayer, may be offered in Christ's name,

salubrious climate, what is the character of the inhabitants of and the answer may come in showers of blessing.

the favoured land ? The people have been described as being But how may I most effectually act as the Lord's remem

"dishonest and mendacious, vicious and untrustworthy, sullen brancer, and bring down blessing on the Church by prayer ? and disobliging, thieves and extortioners, no word too bad for

I must cherish a thoughtful interest in others. I want a heart them !” The English visitor to the valley, the natives of the at leisurs from itself, to soothe and sympathise;" I must think surrounding countries, their own rulers, and they themselves, of the wants and woes and sins of those around or far away.

seem to have agreed in this verdict. The Maharajah Gulàb I must believe more and more in the power of true prajer. 1 Singh, to whom the country had only recently been made over must believe that the feeblest cry of the humblest Christian is by the English, after the annihilation of the Sikh principality in sweet music in the Father's ear. Where there is the heart- the Punjab, allowed the first missionaries who visited his capital utterance of the Saviour's name, prayer can never be lost.

to preach freely in the bazaars, remarking that “his subjects I must be definite in prayer. I must not lose time in gene

were so bad already that he was certain no one could do them ralities. I must offer distinct petitions, if I would have distinct any harm, and he was curious to see if the Padres could do them answers. In praying on behalf of Christ's work in other lands, any good !” This was in the year 1854, and these missionary it may be well to divide the week, and from time to time to pray pioneers were Colonel Martin and the Rev. Robert Clark. for each branch of the great Mission field. At various times we

Books were distributed, inquiry was awakened, and friendly may pray for an increase of labourers, and increased liberality intercourse with the natives developed. A promising beginning for their support amongst English Christians. We may pray for

was made, but the circumstances of the Punjab Mission were the Jews, the Mohammedans, the beathen. We may remember not then such as to render the prosecution of the work in Kashmir the Native Pastors and their flocks; and at all times constantly practicable, and it was temporarily abandoned. plead for larger measures of the power of the Holy Ghost.

In 1862 the plan was revived, in response to an application But whatever plan is adopted, let prayer be offered in simple, to the C.M.S., drawn up and signed by every member of the undoubting faith, in the name of our great Advocate, and it Punjab Government, and by almost every Christian officer in the cannot be in vain.

country.” A local committee was formed, and large subscriptions collected. The Punjab missionaries felt that they were

sufficiently strong to justify a forward movement, and in the SKETCHES OF THE PUNJAB MISSION.

autumn of 1862 a second tentative visit was paid to Kashmir by BY THE AUTHOR OF "MORAVIAN LIFE IN THE BLACK FOREST,” &c. Mr. Clark. As before, preaching was freely carried on in the

bazaars, and nothing marred the peace of the missionary's IX.-The Valley of Kashmir.

labours. The Kashmir Government had not yet begun to fear ERE every prospect pleases, and only man is vile." or to hate the Christian religion.

It is a lovely place, that Valley of Kashmir. The needed permission to remain throughout the year was Many a traveller, many a poet, has celebrated its granted, so far as the English Government was concerned, and beauties, as it lies bathed in the warm rays of preparations for a permanent residence were at once made. But

the setting sun, while in the far distance rise the the Maharajah had by treaty the right to insist on the withsnowy peaks of the Pir Punjab, tinted with the rosy light of drawal of Europeans from the valley during the winter season, evening, and between it and them stretches a vast expanse of and he claimed to exercise it in relation to Mr. Clark, who was undulating plain, bearing on its broad bosom cities, lakes, and thus compelled to return to the Punjab. This refusal on the gardens. The Valley of Kashmir was the favourite residence of part of the Maharajah to allow foreigners to settle in the country

66

[graphic][merged small]

resulted from a sort of Chinese jealousy of intrusion, and he had missionary; one who, while he alleviated the sufferings of the already begun to dread the influence of the missionaries too body, might minister to the maladies of the soul, and make much to be induced to waive it in their favour. In the following known to the people the true Physician. Dr. Elmslie accepted spring, however, Mr. Clark re-entered the valley, accompanied the post, and reached Srinuggur in the spring of 1865, accomby Mrs. Clark, and some Native assistants.

panied by two youths from the Amritsar School as assistants, Numbers gathered round in the bazaars to listen, and inquirers and by an old Native catechist, a Kashmiri by birth. presented themselves for further instruction, braving threats of Dr. Elmslie did not confine his labours to Srinuggur, but went condign punishment. Some were imprisoned and beaten. One through the villages also, carrying help wherever he could, and of them was found in a dungeon fettered to a ponderous log of many a graphic picture might be drawn of the surroundings of wood, which prevented his rising from the ground. It was the the little mission encampment on such occasions. Sometimes second time that he had been placed in confinement for the the tents were pitched in a grove of fruit-trees, sometimes beGospel's sake. Through the influence of the British Resident neath the shade of a spreading walnut, sometimes amongst a he was released, and he became the first convert of the Kashmir clump of willows on the river's bank. Here sick and maimed Mission, baptized by the Rev. Robert Clark on July 30th, 1864. would surround them, and here advice and medicines were freely Mrs. Clark, in the meanwhile, had opened a dispensary for the given, whilst Qadir, the aged catechist, full of Jesus and His sick, which soon became very popular, as many as 150 coming love, spoke and preached and read with all comers. in a single day for medicines and treatment. Both Mr. and For several seasons Dr. Elmslie returned to his work as the Mrs. Clark wished to remain in the country during the winter, spring came round. One year it was his lot to minister to the and were prepared, for the sake of the work, to bear any priva- panic-stricken population during a severe visitation of cholera. tions, but the Maharajah remained inexorable.

In 1870 he came to England on leave for two years. Having It had become evident that although the rulers were opposed, married in Edinburgh early in 1872, Dr. Elmslie was on his the people were not, and the C.M.S. had no intention of way back to India with his wife shortly after that event. Even abandoning their Christian enterprise. They determined to try then anxious friends noticed in his manner the signs of weakness the experiment of re-organising the Mission on a different basis. and fatigue. Landing in Bombay, the doctor and his wife proThe Kashmiris needed medicine for the body and Gospel truth ceeded at once to Kashmir, and entered upon a season of labour for the soul. They were willing to receive the one, nor did they pleasanter, though more laborious, than any which had preceded seem indisposed to th communication of the other. The it. It proved to be his last. He died at Gujarat on the 18th Committee therefore resolved on the appointment of a medical of November. The next day Mrs. Elmslie received a letter from the Indian Government, informing her that they might remain 10,490. These were each morning addressed by the old catein Kashmir all the year. It was what Dr. Elmslie longed, chist, Qadir Baksh. laboured, and prayed for, but he died without the sight.

There have not been a great number of baptisms in connection The Rev. T. R. Wade and the Rev. T. V. French of Lahore, with this Mission. Men who have lived long in thick darkness, with Benjamin, Dr. Elmslie's Native assistant, filled up the gap when light is brought to them, do not see all things clearly at during the following summer. They itinerated through the once; but bigotry and superstition are being removed, and the valley, accompanied by old Qadir Baksh, the catechist. The few bright rays that appear are, we trust, the proof and promise people followed them from place to place, parents bringing their of a day of liberty and gladness yet in store for that land, where sick children, little and big, upon their backs and in their arms, now every prospect pleases, and only man is vile." children their parents, husbands their wives, and friends their neighbours, the utterly helpless sometimes carried on

MAORI GIRLS. charpeys-small bedsteads

ERY different are the —while the blind would be led by a little boy or girl.

two pictures on this

page, the one repreOften as many as 300 would be assembled

senting a group of Native girls under the

in New Zealand in their uncherry and walnut trees

civilised state, and the other a when halt was made. Be

girl of the same class brought fore medicines were distri

up in a mission-school. Both buted a portion of Scripture

are from photographs given to was always read, and an

us by the Rev. T. S. Grace. address given to the people

Mrs. Grace has lately opened a assembled. The people

boarding-school at Tauranga would join with sobs , and

for Maori girls, in which we sighs, and ejaculations to

trust many will in course of God for mercy.

time be trained to be Christian “ Sahib,” said a poor

wives and mothers in the Maori man, weeping, " God's

Christian community.

Mr. curse must rest upon this

Grace writes : poor oppressed country; for MAORI GIRLS, UNCIVILISED AND HEATHEN.

It is impossible to civilise a when Elmslie Sahib came amongst us like

race if we neglect the female portion. A an avatar (incarnation of God), healing

Native man may be as polished as you like, our sick bodies and speaking kind words

but if his wife retains her Maori ways (which

is too often the case) you may visit his house to our souls, the poor Kashmiris rejoiced

and look at his children and have the conviction that they had at last one kind friend to

forced upon you that the advance he has made care for them; but God took him from

will die with him. Hence the importance of us, and we are left friendless as before."

educating the girls, not only spiritually, but The missionaries were able to comfort

also domestically. But this matter has more

importance still, for while we rejoice that the the sorrowing Kashmiris with the assur

Gospel is applicable to the most degraded ance that another Doctor Sahib was

savage, yet experience teaches us that if he coming out from England to live amongst

embraces Christianity, practical Christianity them, and love them and labour for their

cannot co-exist with his savage state of life, souls. This was Dr. Theodore Maxwell,

and that either the one or the other must give

way. who arrived at Srinuggur on the 1st of

Coming back, however, to the Native girls. May, 1874, Mr. Clark once more visiting

Although the Maori women have generally been the capital with him. Their reception

considered to be more degraded than the men, was a cordial one, and Dr. Maxwell began

yet it is clear that they are in their own line

of things quite as quick and intelligent. In his labours without delay; but, alas ! they

former years we had from amongst them as were doomed to be short, and the follow

good and clever domestics as could be desired ; ing season he was compelled to return to

and to illustrate their ability to acquire an England on account of ill health, brought

English education, I will enclose a piece of dic

tation of one of our Native girls, which, when on by over-work.

we remember that English is to this girl a The Rev. T. R. Wade, accompanied

foreign language, and that she has only been by the Native doctor, the Rev. John

with us a little more than a year, is satisfactory, Williams, again stood forward to fill the MAORI GIRL, CIVILISED AND CHRISTIAN. and proves, I think, what I wished the photovacant post. The daily routine of work

graphs to illustrate. was much the same as it had been in Dr. Elmslie's time, except Mrs. Grace sends us the piece of dictation referred to, which is our old that he, for the want of a better place, had been obliged to friend "Androcles and the Lion," and adds :receive his patients sometimes in a tent, sometimes in an It is a piece of dictation of one of my Maori girls, Annette Te Ahu, open verandah, sometimes in one of the rooms of his dwelling the daughter of Ihaia Te Ahu, our clergyman at Maketu, about 18 miles house; whilst now there was a dispensary and hospital, which

distant. She wrote it off just as it is, giving it out to her in the form

of dictation. I have not corrected it, and you will perceive Carthage is the Maharajah had built and placed at the disposal of the spelt incorrectly; she has also put distant for distance, and there are one Kashmir Mission.

or two omissions. Annette is a bright, quick, intelligent girl, capable of The latest report of this sion is from the pen of Dr. Downes, being taught anything, and would compare well with any English girl of the present medical missionary in the valley. The total number her age. I have another clorgyman's daughter, Ani Taupaki, from the

north. Her deceased father, Matiu Taupaki, was an excellent man. of visits to the hospital in the four summer months of 1877 were

Ani, too, is a quick, clever child, and is making good progress.

[graphic]
[graphic]
[ocr errors]

A JOURNEY TO KIONG NING FU.

in the place at which we halted being quite full before our arrival. At

length, however, a farmer, after some hesitation, allowed us to sleep in Journal of the Rev. LLEWELYN LLOYD.

his house; he was very kind, and we had a long talk with him and some

of the other villagers about idolatry, and as soon as they were gone we E have not in this year's GLEANER given any detailed gladly retired to rest, sleeping very soundly on two old doors, the best

accounts from the Fuh-kien Mission, except the letter of bedsteads our landlord had to offer us. It was very pleasant to find that Chitnio, the wife of the Rev. Ling Sieng Sing, in the many of these people understood the Foochow dialect, and perhaps the February number. Mr. Lloyd's journal not only affords

seed thus scattered by the wayside will one day spring up and bring interesting glimpses of the country and people, but relates

forth fruit; such at least is our prayer. the circumstances under which the great inland city of Kiong Ning Fu,

April 18.-Reached Nang Wa about 5 P.M. This station has been

occupied about a year and a half; it is an important place, situated on the capital of the Black Tea District, from which the Native evangelists the bank of the river, having a population of about 5,000, a fourth part were so ignominiously expelled (as described in Chitnio's letter), has been of whom are Foochow people. Much trade is carried on here, especially reoccupied. The principal places mentioned by Mr, Lloyd will be found in tea, which is conveyed to Foochow in boats. No apparent results have marked upon the map in the GLEANER of October last year,

as yet followed the preaching of the catechist. The situation of our

chapel is not the best that could be desired, and we hope, ere long, to get April 11, 1878.-Left Foochow this afternoon in company with Mr. a better place. The difficulty about renting chapels is, that if we have Wolfe, Rev. Ting, and two or three Native catechists, in a large house them in a too prominent place, inquirers, or would-be inquirers are boat kindly lent us by one of the merchants. Made

very little

progress, ashamed to be seen entering them; and if we rent in a secluded place it as wind and tide were against us.

takes a long time for its whereabouts to be ascertained. We found the April 12.—Still progressing very slowly, river very much swollen from catechist at this place very ill, apparently in a rapid consumption. I felt recent heavy rains; anchored near one of the many riverside villages, and sure that he could not live long, and when I wished him good-bye although very near Foochow we were objects of great curiosity. Mr. I asked him if he was afraid to die. He replied that he was not, that all Wolfe and the Native catechist preached for some two hours to the his trust was in the Saviour. He died about four days after I left. people, who, for the most part, listened attentively, and some of them This man, whose name was Ling Sin Chong, has borne much persecution expressed their willingness to give up idol worship and attend our chapel, for the cause of Christ; he was in charge of the Iong Ping chapel when if we would rent one there; we told them that if they would prove them- it was pulled down in 1871, when he had to flee for his life. He was selves in earnest we should be glad to help them. We gave away medicine about forty years of age, and would probably have lived much longer had for sore eyes and skin disease, from which very many of the people suffer. his constitution not been undermined before his conversion. His

April 13.—Were obliged to send the house boat back and take a small widow, who is very intelligent and speaks Mandarin, will be taken on as native boat about twenty feet long and six wide, containing several a Bible-woman. children, two or three women, and a pig, so that with the boatmen and April 19.-To-day, Mr. Wolfe returned by water to Foochow, leaving ourselves we found it rather close quarters; however, we were able now to me at Nang Wa until the business for which we had journeyed so far was make better progress, and reached Chui Kau about noon.

completed. This was to purchase a house at Kiong Ning Fu. It was Monday, April 15.-It was very pleasant to hear our Native brethren considered best for us to remain at Nang Wa, about twelve miles from singing - The Gate Ajar” and other hymns each evening. We could the city, while the Rev. Ting proceeded there, and got the deeds, &c., not help feeling sorrowful as we passed the house which we had rented ready. This he did, and the next day, April 20, returned to Nang Wa, as a chapel at Chui Kau, and which, as you are aware, we have this year accompanied by the owner of the house, to whom I weighed out some decided to give up; for several years the name of Jesus has been 900 oz. of silver, and received the deeds of transfer. I read in The proclaimed to these busy people, but they had no time to attend to His Story of the Fuh-Kien Mission these words respecting Kiong Ning Fu, gracious invitations, and now their opportunity, at least for the present, When and how this city will again be invaded in the name of the Lord is gone.

we cannot now say." Let me reply, that if all goes on well in July, We did not stay here, but started at once for Wong Cheng (Yellow 1878, we shall again enter its walls, let us hope this time without Field), a somewhat new station situated on the right side of the River molestation. I am sorry to say that since I have returned to Foochow Min, about twelve miles above Chui Kau, on the Kiong Ning Fu and we have received a copy of a placard, which has been pasted up by some Iong Ping road. This road is a somewhat lonely one, and is notorious unknown person at Kiong Ning Fu, saying that we have purchased a for the number of robberies and murders which have taken place along house in the city to be used as a chapel, and that if the “Foreign it, and a few years since it was no uncommon thing to see the heads of Devils” come there they will drive them out. The only comment we can these highwaymen suspended from the trees as a warning to others. We make is, that the Foreign Devils are not afraid. found small detachments of soldiers stationed at intervals of a mile or so April 21, Easter Day.—A very quiet Easter amongst the heathen. to protect travellers.

We, the catechist’s wife, a young Christian from Ku Cheng, and myself, Wong Cheng contains a population of about 1,500 people, very few of had a service this morning, the catechist being too weak to attend. It whom have as yet embraced the offer of salvation. Three, however, have was very distressing to hear his terrible cough. Had plenty of visitors been baptized, and are, we trust, living consistent lives. One of them, the to-day, many of whom came from the adjoining province of Kiang Si. Of constable or warden of the village, is very intelligent and earnest; he course I could not understand a word of their dialect, and I therefore got reads very well, and is able to speak Mandarin; he assists the catechist a Foochow man to tell them a little about the God whom we worship, and very much, and is witnessing a good confession for Christ amongst his how He saves men from sin. These truths were evidently quite new to heathen neighbours. We found a detachment of ten soldiers here in them, and they seemed quite astonished to hear such, to them, strange charge of a sergeant, several of whom came to the chapel in the evening, doctrines. and had some conversation about Christianity ; our friend the constable April 22.- Visited some of the tea plantations. The people are now had had many conversations with them, and the sergeant, a very very busy picking; the farmers supposed that I had come to buy tea, and intelligent man from Canton, assured me that he was quite convinced of I fancy they were rather disappointed when it was explained to them that the truths of our doctrine, but that his friends were so much opposed to I was a minister of the Gospel. Money is the god of the Chinese, as well his joining the Christians that he dared not do so. I fear that this is no as of too many in every land. solitary case, and many a Chinese convert is compelled to ask himself, April 23.- Left Nang Wa for Siong Chie, six miles nearer to Kiong “Which shall I give up, my relatives or my Saviour ?”. Thank God, Ning. This station has been opened about twelve months, and is, I many have decided for Christ. There are now several inquirers here, and think, situated amidst the most beautiful scenery I ever saw.

It is a we hope a greater interest is springing up.

very small place, containing about 100 families, and is surrounded by April 16.–To-day we have travelled about twenty miles along the lofty mountains whose sides are covered with trees of all kinds, and preriver bank, hoping to reach a station of the American Mission, but night senting a mass of luxuriant foliage of every hue to the beholder. Our having overtaken us, this was found impossible, and we were obliged to chapel is a very unpretending building, containing four rooms and a take shelter in a native inn. I might mention, to show how widely our kitchen. We had a good number of people at our evening service, all of doctrines are becoming known, that our landlord was quite familiar with whom listened most attentively whilst the catechist (Ting Chüng Seng) the leading truths of Christianity, and very glad to hear more of them. spoke to them from the first few verses of the Fifth of St. Matthew. Our

April 17.—Rose very early, and after a hasty breakfast resumed our service lasted until ten o'clock, when our friends lit their torches and went journey towards Kiong Ning Fu. To-day we passed the city of Iong to their homes, and we to our beds. Ping, from which we have, as you are aware, for several years been April 24.—This morning we (the catechist and I) ascended to one of expelled. Our American brethren, whose chapel was also pulled down, the mountains near the village, from which we had a magnificent view of have had possession again for some time, and the opposition seems tó have subsided. I trust that before long, we too shall be enabled once

the surrounding country. We saw many villages dotted over the plain,

some of them very large, in most of which the Gospel has been preached. more to proclaim the message of salvation within its walls.

After an earnest prayer that the inhabitants might soon be translated We had great difficulty in procuring a bed to-night, the solitary inn from the kingdom of Satan into that of God's dear Son, we descended the

« السابقةمتابعة »