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Oleanings from the Mission Field.
INDIA MISSION OF THE CHURCH OF SCOT- / front of the pulpit. They were,-1. LAND-MADRAS.
| Chinnatumby, (now Paul,) by profession While the intelligence of this month
| a native doctor, upwards of fifty years of from all the Presidencies of India ought
of India onght age ; 2, Agambrum, ( Aseerthan,) a young to command the attention, and to deepen
man, about twenty-five years old, who the interest of the Church in her foreign
bad been employed for upwards of two operations, the accounts from Madras
years in the mission; 3, Therooman, especially, may well quicken our zeal,
| (Isaac,) a young native, about twenty; and animate our devoiions at a throne 4, Monicum, (Paul,) 5, Ponambulum, of grace ; several of the native youth (John,) 6, Comorappen, (David,)—these there. who. for a considerable period. three last were about eighteen years of enjoyed the benefit of Gospel instruction, age, and had been living for a considerhaving openly confessed their faith in able time in the mission; 7, Vigeum, Jesus, and been admitted by baptism into
|(Kezia,) a native girl, about sixteen, who the Christian Church. Such an event
had also been residing about a year in could not but prove a source of much the
the mission house. Christian satisfaction to the friends of Mr. Grant gave a short account of our mission abroad; and at home we
each, stating that all had been ander trust it will be bailed as glad tidings
Christian instruction for a considerable of good things sent us from a land which time--at least a year-some, indeed, for the Church of Sootland has selected as
several years; and that they had, during the special field of its Christian efforts. a period of probation, afforded every That these bave, in some measure, been reason to believe that they were sincerecrowned with success, such intelligence ly desirous of being truly the Lord's. proves. Most gladly, then, do we point He then put a number of questions to to it. It merits our serious considera- | them--some in English, and others in tion; and wbile it says to all the friends Tamil,-regarding their past state as of the India Mission, “ Be not weary in heathens, and their present hopes and well-doing; for in due season ye shall resolutions as disciples of Christ. Havreap, if ye faint not”-while it rebukes ing received satisfactory answers, after the scepticism of the formalist and the prayer for the divine blessing, and an worldling, so often repeating the cry in address to the candidates, he proceeded India, as elsewhere, « Where is the pro- to administer the sacred ordinance, the mise of His coming "_it may well form seal of their admission into the Church the theme of thanksgiving to all who of the Saviour ; and then, in prayer, would seek to promote the glory of committed them to the care of the ShepChrist and of His kingdom. "To His herd and Bishop of souls. May they be gracious name be all the praise! Having strengthened with might in the inner received these converts from His band,
man by the Spirit of Christ dwelling in we commend them again to His keeping
them, and enabled so to live as to adorn —that, nourished by His grace, and
the doctrine of God their Saviour in all guided by His Spirit, they may them.
things !—The attendance of Europeans, selves become the honoured instruments East-Indians, and native Christians on in turning others from darkness to light, the occasion, was numerous. A number and from the kingdom of Satan to the of heathens were also present. kingdom of God.
With respect to the efforts which we
have made during the past year to fulfil BAPTISM OF SEVEN NATIVES IN CONNEX.
our mission, we trust we can say that we ION WITA THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND'S
have endeavoured, so far as we could, to MISSION, MADRAS.
make kuown the Gospel of salvation to
all within our reach. By means of reOn Sabbath evening, the 17th Decem-ligious instruction communicated to the ber, a very gratifying service was held hundreds tbat daily assemble in the Inin the Mission House of the above mis- stitution-by lectures delivered every sion. At the close of public worship, Sunday evening-by having the Gospel which was conducted by the Rev. W. preached to the adults almost every day Grant,* the missionary, seven Hindu in the Bengalee chapel-by employing converts, who had all been for some time our converts in the conducting of Sunday -several, indeed, for a long time-can- classes, and in the distributing of religi. didates for baptism, took their places in ous books, by tbese and similar agencies
we have laboured to diffuse a knowledge or extensive awakening. In these cirof divioe truth, and to save men's souls. cumstances, I shall take the liberty of
Preaching the Gospel to the adults, suggesting to you, for the progress and teaching the young, and the various other good of our mission, the desirableness of meads which we have endeavoured, bow- extending it. I am aware of the diffi. ever feebly, to employ,-all these, not culties; but if you could found a mission separately, but collectively and unitedly, in the south, of a purely pastoral kind, it seem to be the human agencies specially would undoubtedly be attended with sanctioned by God as the divinely ap- beneficial results. There are flourishing pointed instrumentality for, in the first congregatious there, and thousands of place, calling out from among all nations native Christians. If this be found posa people chosen by himself, and so, finally, sible, nothing is more deserving of your for introducing that period when the attention than the advance which might kingdoms of this world shall become the be gained by the missionary, by a previous kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. study of the language, and an abridgment
Intelligence of the baptism of at least of his preparatory term of general study. one convert, we hope to be able to com- -Letter from Rev. Mr. Wallace. municate at no distant period. The number of pupils that have received in
MISSION TO THE JEWS. struction in the year 1854, amounts to
The excellent Mr. Sutter writes from 812.
"W_ , the young candidate for The Institution is in a prosperous and baptism concerning whom I wrote to progressing condition. By comparing you last month, has been allowed to reformer minutes with our present num- main here since, unmolested. He comes bers, I find that the increase of daily at- to me daily for instruction, which he retendance in the English department is ceives with much gratitude. He is full 90 in excess of any former year. The of joy in having found the pearl of great difference does not appear so much in price, and is evidently growing in knowthe numbers on the roll. Of the 497 ledge and grace-in short, I am alto. papils belonging to the Institution, there gether satisfied with him. At the beare present generally about 400, or four- ginning of this month another Jew came fifths; and the rules in regard to attend to me requesting instruction, with the ance are strictly enforced. The absence view of joining the Church of Christ. proceeds entirely from religious obser- He is from Nassau, his name is Avances, travelling, and sickness. M— Several years ago he was with
In every class, with one exception, me for some days, and seemed at that books of religious instruction, and Bible time, although without much knowledge, history are used. I have perfect confi- favourably disposed towards the Gospel. dence in the great majority of our moni- He has been in the army during the last tors, although heathen, that they do six years, and is about to be discharged nothing to counteract any persuasions from duty. He has been receiving daily which may arise from perusing those instruction for the last three weeks, and books which it is necessary to entrust to he leaves upon those who converse with them in the lower classes. But I am not him an impression of single-minded sinat all convinced that notbing is done by cerity, which is highly pleasing. parents at home to counteract impres. The Jewess to whom I gave instruction sions. Parents send their sons to us not for a short time in December has not without a grudge, and not a few prefer since returned to me. From what I hear forfeiting the advantages of an English of her, however, I conclude that she still education altogether, to running a risk desires to become a Christian. Mof what they regard a great evil. The B , the young proselyte mentioned in Parsee portion of the population continue one of my former letters, is still here, and, to resist every inlet to the truth, and for I am happy to report, is maintaining with them there is at present no hope. consistency his Christian profession. He
As far as I have seen, although with attends regularly my Bible meetings, and little personal encouragement hitherto, I occasionally the instructions given to bave great confidence in the beneficial B- W- I am happy to add, that eflects of missionary institutions, which from two former proselytes, who went will certainly tell with power in the end. last year to America, I bave lately reStill, it is likely that for many many ceived pleasing accounts. years, things will just go on as they have I had the pleasure last Sunday of been doing, witbout a decisive striking, preaching in the Protestant church of the neighbouring town of Ellbinger, cants, of which two are at Smyrna and The place is Roman Catholic, and the Thyatira, and a third near Antioch. Protestants residing in it were formed in Constantinople there are four eraninto a parish only within the last eight gelical congregations. or ten years. There are many among Among the Greeks in the capital, and them who seem to be earnest in their in North-Western Asia Minor-a field profession of the faith.
long worked without any apparent fruit In this neighbourhood, generally speak - an awakening has commenced, and ing, among the common people living there is a cry for the Gospel. Christianity, seems to be increasing. Among the Armenians -through Asia Conversions from Romanism to Protest. Minor, Arnjenia, and Northern Syriaant truth are frequent, chiefly through there is a wide-spread and earnest spirit the instrumentality of pious laymen of of inquiry, which has extended greatly the labouring class.
during the war.
One hundred Native agents could at DARMSTADT.
once be employed. I visited Worms and villages on the Many in the United States - many right side of the Rhine, in which there is students in the mission seminariesa considerable Jewish population. In many evangelists and colporteurs -- are Worms there are about one hundred and desirous to enter the field. fifty Jewish families, some in the posses II. What can we do? sion of considerable wealth, and the None of our British missionary socigreater number in comfortable circum eties are in a state, or are prepared to stances ; very few, as I was, informed, occupy this ground.* being in poverty. The attendance at Amidst the many societies already exthe synagogue is, generally speaking, isting, it is very desirable, if possible, to confined to occasions of higb `festival. / avoid forming a new one. The Word of God is, only little known A truly evangelical missionary society and lightly esteemed. and the worth of is already working in this field, has all all things estimated by their price in the necessary apparatus at work, and is money. From what I heard, the only capable of extension, but has limited true members of Christ's Church who means, viz. :do anything for the salvation of the poor
TAE AMERICAN BOARD OF FOREIGN ignorant people around them, are three
Missions. sisters of charity, and a brother in charge of the hospital, and the teacher of an III. The Western Asia Missions and infant school. They have come from Society has, therefore, been formed to aid Prussia, and are distinguished by tbeir and supplement the Turkish Missions of zeal and earnestness in the work of God. the Board chiefly by- Letter from Rev. Mr. Lehner,
Native pastors, evangelists, and colpor
teurs. MISSIONS TO TURKEY.
The preparation of pious youths for
the missionary work, and education The following is the Circular published
generally. by the London Committee for aiding the The result will be above Missions :
A great saving of expense. In consequence of the remarkable open- in Christ.
To work in union with our brethren ings for spreading the Gospel in Turkey,
1 To present a upited front to those an association has been formed in aid
whom we wish to evangelize, and to all of missions in that empire, especially the enemies of our faith. among the Armenians and Greeks.
To strengthen the foundation already 1. What are the openings?
laid, and extend it, as the providence of From Ararat, Ur of the Chaldees, and God may bless our efforts. Antioch, to Constantinople and the shores Evangelical British Christians are, thereof th
ed fore, earnestly invitedthe earliest Gentile churches, “the Word "To pray that God may revive these old of the Lord has free course and is glori- Christian communities. fied."
To contribute of their substance to Two hundred places in that region now this great object. contain Protestants, but of these only about thirty have stated pastors, or The Church Missionary Society bas at preteachers.
sent but one agent in Asia Minor, its chief efNineteen churches have been formed
forts in the Turkish dominions being in Egypt
and Palestine, in connexion with the encouraywith more than four hundred communi- ing work of Bishop Gobat
To seek to interest others in it by dif- It seeks to “ bring into the way of fasing information.
truth those who profess and call themThe Churacteristics of this work are- selvès Christians." It interferes with no other mission. It is for a field “white unto the har.
The apparatus for carrying it on is al- vest," and of deep and peculiar interest ready at work.
at the present time.
ASKING THE WAY. "CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY.” I It is with individual persons that Jesus (Rom. v. 5.)
deals. You are one of these. When He " In me is thy help,” is the Lord's mes
says, “ Come unto me all ye that labour sage to a soul that would fain be saved.
wed and are heavy laden," (Matt. xi. 28), is He (Hos. xiii. 9.) The name “ Jesus” signi
not including you, you who are so heavily fies “the Lord who saves.” The Holy
| laden with sin, and so wearly sunk under Ghost shews the sinner that Jesus yave
the burden? If the law means you when himself in room of a “multitude whom no
it says to all, “ Thou shalt love the Lord man can number"_bearing every one of
thy God with all thy heart,” no less certheir sins on the cross, as well as giving
tainly does the Lord Jesus mean you obedience to the whole law, obedience
when He says, " Come, all ye."
You and Jesus meet together. Your which they might take as their own. This is the divine method of saving sinful
soul thinks of Him, as well as of His work, souls. The immense value of this work
hearing Him say, “Come, let us reason of Christ none can tell; thousands upon
together.” (Isa. i. 18.) Full of grace, thousands have found it all-sufficient for
full of tender pity, full of love toward their need, and it is free to you, whoso
you, He reasons thus: “Look at this ever you are.
sight, look at "Me ubeying and dying in It is for the guilty. “Christ died for
your room; and say if you like this way the ungodly.” He meant His salvation to
of pardon, and if you like Him that sets be for sioners, even the chief. He has
it before you. Though your sins be as never saved any except the ungodly and
scarlet, they shall be us white as show;
though they be red like crimson, they the guilty! You are just the kind of
shall be as wool.” person He delights to save. He saved
"Believest thou this?” When thy Manasseh, who had sinned worse than the old Canaanites, that were destroyed root
guilty soul lets this reasoning enter in, and branch. (2 Kings xxi. 11.)
saying to it, “ Amen!"this is " receiviny His love is free, sovereign love. He
Christ,” or “ taking Christ.” designs to shew that God can love those
| "HE TUAT BELIEVETH SHALL BE SAVED." that lave nothing in them deserving of His love. And since Christ pays the debt,
(Mark xvi. 16.) and furnishes the obedience of every one. It is in the very act of believing on Him whom He saves, it is a most righieous that your tempest-tossed soul sails into thing in God to save whom He pleases, the haven of rest. It is not some time even though they were worse than the after believing ; it is not when you are worst now in hell. You, you may come both believing and also feeling that you and prove this to be true in your own believe; it is in the moment of simple case. “He will in no wise cast you out.” believing that you are saved. (John vi. 37.)
It is in the hour when you finally give
up dealing with others, and with yourself "BELIEVEST THOU This?” (John xi. 26.) | too, and do simply receive Christ as all
• Whosoever believeth in Him shall your salvation, that you are for ever safe. never die-believest thou this?” The In that moment, Jesus has accepted you, Gospel proclaims, that whosoever has pleaded for you, spread out His righteousears to hear, whosoever in all the world negs before God for you, and claimed for is thirsty, whosvever of mankind of any you full' redemption. Before you had age, in any country, at any time, listens time to do one good work, or speak a word to what he is told concerning Jesus Christ for Him, or thank Him, or pray to Him, giving himself for sinners, that man is He took you as you sank weariedly upon Warranted immediately to take it all for Him for rest, and He said, “Be of good himself.
cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee.”
May the Holy Ghost persuade and • Asting the Way. London: James Nisbet enable you to receive this testimony conWe have told you good news about Hini. “People who live together should study Is it not wonderful? Is it not very each other's weak points, as skaters look blessed ? Is there not enough in what out for weak parts of ice in order to keep Christ wrought, in living and dying, to off them."-7'homas Taylor. justify the Father in being well-pleased? And if so, is there not enough every way
cerning Jesus and His work for sinners.
“Don't let us lightly believe stories to to satisfy thy soul, and send thee on thy the
by the disparagement of those who unite way well-pleased?“ Christ is the end ;
infirmities to great qualities.”—Dickens. of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Rom. x. 3.) The law has no more to ask of thee. The law
ON CHARITY. says, “I am satisfied, for I have been Think gently of the erring! obeyed by thee who art believing in
Ye know not of the power Jesus."
With which the dark temptation came
In some unguarded hour.
They struggled, or how well, “ BEHOLD WHAT MANNER OF LOVE."
Until the hour of weakness came (1 John iii. 1.)
And then, alas! they fell. The Father so loved the world that he
Think gently of the erring! gave His only begotten Son. The Only
Oh! do not thou forget, begotten Son (such was His love!) came
However darkly stained by sin in the form of a servant, to live and die He is thy brother yet. for us. The Holy Ghost (80 great toward Heir of the self-same heritage, us was His love!) anointed the incarnate
Child of the self-same God, Son, upheld Him, dwelt in Him without He has but stumbled on the path measure; and then went forth on the
Thou hast in weakness trod. errand of opening our eyes to see Him.
And now, “Behold what manner of Speak gently of the erring! love!" The Father has made us sons !
For is it not enough “ We are children of God by faith in
That innocence and peace have gone, Christ Jesus.” (Gal. iii. 26.) Doing no
Without thy censure rough,
It sure must be a weary lot, work ourselves, but believing on Him
That sin-stained heart to bear; who did that wondrous work that “mag
And they who share a happier fate, nified the law and made it honourable,"
Their chidings well may spare. and pleased the Father to the full, we at once have become sons of God! He may
Speak gently to the erring! well win our hearts! Truly, “He has
Thou yet may'st lead him back, lifted us from the dust to set us on the
With holy words, and tones of love, thronel” (1 Sam. ii. 8.) He has sent
From memory's thorny track. forth in us the Spirit of His Son, crying, Forget not thou hast often sinned, • Abba, Father!”
And sinful yet must be, Lord, what wouldst thou have us to Deal gently with the erring one, do? “The grace that bringeth salvation
As God has dealt with thee! teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly and righte
HUMILITY. ously, and godly, in this present world ; |
Oh! learn that it is only by the lowly looking for that blessed hope, and the
The paths of peace are trod; glorious appearing of the great God and If thou would'st keep thy garments white and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Tit. ii. 12, 13)
O wondrous grace! How excellent is Walk bumbly with thy God. thy loving-kindness, O God! Therefore, the sons of men shall put their trust The man with earthly wisdom high-uplifted under the shadow of thy wings. (Psalm Is in God's sight a fool; xxxvi. 7.)- Asking the Way.
But he in heavenly truth most deeply gifted
Sits lowest in Christ's school.
“ Never let men forget that there is / The lowly spirit God hath consecrated scarcely a single moral action of a single
As His abiding rest;
And angels by some patriarch's tent have waited human being, of which other men have such a knowledge—its ultimate grounds,
When kings had no such guest. its surrounding incidents, and the real The dew that never wets the flinty mountain determining causes of its merits, as to Falls in the valleys free; warrant their pronouncing a conclusive Bright verdure fringes the small desert fountain, judgment."- Quarterly Review.
But barren sand the sea.