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It has been the privilege of the writer of this notice to be the guest of this honored servant of Christ; and he feels constrained to bear his testimony to the rare combination of qualities which have proved so fruitful of good in the field of missions. Were it needful to specify those qualities which were the most obvious and striking, the task would not be easy. The intellectual strength of Mr. Venn was certainly remarkable; but so was his knowledge of men; so was his wisdom ; so was his magnanimity; so was his transparency; and so, preëminently, was his executive ability.
There were two characteristics, however, which arrested attention at the outset. (1.) His catholicity was outspoken and decided. He rejoiced in the labors and the successes of all other missionary societies, provided only that they were honestly endeavoring to enlarge the kingdom of Christ. His whole course as a Secretary has confirmed this impression. He never authorized the least in. terference with the rights of other societies, but, on the other hand, invariably discountenanced and deplored every such measure. (2.) His spirituality was undoubted and refreshing. He believed in agencies, policies, methods. He formed his plans with singular care and foresight. But he felt that all human devices must utterly fail, without the presence and favor of the Chief Missionary. Hence he prayed much for missions; and his faith in their success never faltered.
On the 16th of January, the Rev. J. Tucker, a former Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, was called to his final rest. He was associated with Mr. Venn for many years at Salisbury Square, after having proved himself a useful laborer at Madras; but he has been the Vicar of West Hendred since 1852.
MISSION TO NORTHERN MEXICO..
The February "Herald” announced the beginning of a mission in Western Mexico, and a letter from Mr. Watkins, on a subsequent page, seems to indicate that the undertaking is full of promise. The Prudential Committee are now permitted to say, that they are about to commence operations in Northern Mexico, in circumstances which are peculiarly auspicious.
It is generally known that Miss Rankin has been laboring in New Leon, and to some extent in other States, for several years, and that her success, in the face of serious hindrances, has been exceedingly encouraging. Wishing to place the work upon a secure and stable foundation as the American and Foreign Christian Union, with which Society Miss Rankin has been connected, can no longer carry
it forward she has proposed to transfer it to the Board. On the 4th of March, therefore, the Prudential Committee resolved to accept the offer, gladly recognizing, at the same time, the wisdom, self-denial, and courage which she has exhibited, as also the signal service which she has rendered to the missionary enterprise.
An interesting sketch of her efforts is deferred to the next "Herald,” for lack of space in the present number; but as the friends of the Board will be anxious to know just how much the two missions are to attempt, a few words of explanation are deemed appropriate.
The mission to Northern Mexico is to have its center at Monterey, in New Leon. Very soon, it is hoped, Saltillo will be made a permanent station, and a little later Durango may become another; in both of which cities the truths of the gospel have been proclaimed through the agency of Miss Rankin. Thus, with the Divine blessing, three States will have been occupied. A fourth on the north, Chihuahua, will receive attention as soon as practicable.
The mission to Western Mexico has its center at Guadalaxara (or Guadalajara), and it will endeavor to work upward through Sinaloa and Sonora. A reference to the map will show that the two missions will operate in nearly all the region which borders on the United States.
If it is asked why the Board does not select fields which are more populous and more influential; this is the answer :
(1.) The providence of God has opened the way to the States which have been mentioned, and to none besides, with a clearness and distinctness which it is impossible to misunderstand.
(2.) Other parts of the country will soon be possessed, if not already possessed, by other societies. Three or four denominations are even now in the capital; and they will naturally work outward to the most desirable localities. All interference with their plans should be earnestly deprecated.
(3.) It is a fundamental rule of the Board to avoid a joint occupancy (with other societies) whenever it is practicable to do so. The importance of this rule is becoming all the while more and more obvious.
MISSIONS OF THE BOARD.
Mission to Mexico.
with an inscription lately found in an old
image, that I might copy it for myself, ENCOURAGEMENT AT GUADALAJARA.
which I did as well as I could. Though STATEMENTS from the brethren re- he was kind, he did not offer his assistcently sent to Mexico, respecting their ance, like all the other prominent men I journey to and reception at Guadalajara visited, but about this time he took par(where they arrived November 9, 1872), ticular pains to warn the pupils in the were published in February Mr. Wat- Roman Catholic Seminary against Protkins wrote from that place January 1st :- estantism. By this precaution he accom
“I have been introduced to the most plished but little for his own cause. Since influential men in the city, and without then, one of the students has been inquirexception have received favor in their ing what Protestantism means, and was sight. December 13th I was introduced advised, by an infidel, to read the Bible to Vollarta, the Governor of the State. and learn for himself. He showed me every kindness in his “ On the 15th I was invited to go and power. Knowing my mission to Guada- see a prominent lawyer here.
He is a lajara, he voluntarily offered his services bitter enemy to the Romish Church, is the at any time that we might need them. Superintendent of Public Instruction in On the 14th, I was for hours in the arch- the city, is a moral man, well beloved, fabishop's house. Though he is a zealous vors our intentions, and is ready at any advocate of the Romish Church, he was time to help us in doing good to this peokind to me, conversed freely, showed me ple. If there were any necessity for it, I bis library, which contained very curious could name many intelligent men of this and rare books, and also presented me place, whom I have spoken to personally
on the matter, and who think and feel like ing news. Pastor - who visited us in the governor and superintendent in regard Mondsee, and who pleased us much, wrote to our mission. The friends of the Rom- me December 20, saying that he had been ish Church are the same here as in every thinking very earnestly about evangelizaother place, therefore I need not say how tion, had determined to follow up the work they feel, and what they think of our we commenced in Mondsee, about which
he gave some encouraging incidents, and “ We are able to thank God for giving would like to do more, visiting places us reasons to believe that the work which where single scattered Protestants gave we seek to promote is already begun in him a legal right to work, holding insome hearts. For instance — a very in- formal meetings, endeavoring to draw in telligent boy of fifteen years, has recited Catholics, and distributing evangelical lithis lessons in English to Mrs. Watkins erature; in short, doing just the work we since the latter part of November. When should set an evangelist to do. He prowe first knew him he was a very earnest poses to do this on holidays, when he has Roman Catholic. Besides pursuing his no service in his own parish. .... So study of the English language, though the Board is already represented in Upper working every day, he has found time to Austria by a thoroughly educated, pious. read the whole of the New Testament, and zealous German pastor. An auspiand some religious tracts we loaned him. cious commencement of the good work, He now claims to be free from Romish and of genuine coöperation. superstition, and also to possess a regen
“ At least two of the best Lutheran paserate heart. The lad is anxious for the tors in Upper Austria, and one in Styria, salvation of his widowed mother, and she, are ready to coöperate with us in the three on the other hand, is anxious for the soul most important departments of missionary of her boy, entreating him to go and con- work — the training of evangelists, evanfess that he has read the New Testament gelistic work, and the dissemination of and become a Protestant. To-day, the Christian literature. ... Mr. -'s boy, when he learned what was meant by letter confirms us in the view that Linz Christian brother, asked me, with tears in should be the next station occupied. It his eyes, “I your broder, Sir ?' As yet should be occupied soon, if we mean to this is the most encouraging case that we keep pace with the demands of the work. have met.
To awaken the hopes of these pastors, “ I should have mentioned that full three and then either disappoint them by delay, fourths of my time, at present, is taken up or let them start the work of evangelizain talking with people on religious sub- tion and training of evangelists, without jects, who come to our house for that pur- our having men on the ground to take pose."
bold with them, and so insure the adoption of the principles and methods which
experience has sanctioned in other fields, Austrian Empire.
would be very unfortunate.” UPPER AUSTRIA - HELPERS FOUND.
HUNGARY. A LETTER of some length from Mr.) “ The great extent of Hungary, its large Schauffler, dated Prague, January 3d,' population — fifteen and a half millions, presents various facts bearing on the the lack of religious element in the Magprospects of evangelistic work in different yar character, and the bad condition of the portions of the Austrian Empire. The Protestant churches combine to render following extracts show that the brethren Hungary a most destitute and needy field. on the ground meet with some encourage- If missionaries should go to that part of ment, and feel that there is an urgent call the Empire where Christ is least known, for more men from America, to join them and where indifferentism, infidelity, and in their work at once.
immorality most abound, they certainly “ From Upper Austria we have cheer- should go to Hungary.
“We are not prepared to recommend German Universities, well posted in clasthe immediate occupation of Pest; but sical and theological studies; that we must when we look at the map, and think of contemplate the training of preachers who Hungary's spiritual destitution, and reflect will eventually be called to pastorates that were missionaries on the ground to- alongside of these men; that we reside in day, it would be a couple of years before the midst of civilized and cultured city they would be fully ready to go to work society, where we must contend with in the three languages, - Hungarian, Sla- skepticism and materialism ; that alongvic, and German, – we feel anxious to side of the existing Protestant churches, have a missionary force at least preparing we occupy a very delicate and difficult pofor the work which is sure to open very sition; and that we are called, under such soon."
circumstances, to be a spiritual leaven, CALL FOR MORE MEN.
and start a new train of influences. In “We are prepared to “push things' by calling for new men, we desire only those asking for eight men, and that is not push- who will add to our strength as a mission, ing any too hard or too fast. When you by supplying those qualifications which we study the map (I hope you have a good painfully feel the lack of. Much as we large one to spread out as you consider desire reinforcement, we would rather our call) and think of the thirty-five and wait than have men come who would a balf millions of Germans, Bohemians, nged to lean on us, for we can't afford to Silesians, Galicians, Hungarians, Rumäni- be leaned on. We need those wbo, by ans, Servians, Croatians and Dalmatians, their true piety, strong faith, and sanctified to whom the Lord gives us the privilege acquirements, will be a Christian power in of carrying the Gospel; reflect that we this land.” must work against the dead weight of a generally corrupt Protestantism, and contend with a rapidly spreading materialism Zulu Mission - Southeastern Africa. on the one hand, and with Popish bigotry on the other; that the native working
MRS. EDWARDS' SCHOOL. force is yet to be created, and an immense In a brief letter from Inanda, dated amount of preparatory work to be done; October 23, 1872, Mrs. Edwards makes does it appear extravagant to ask for the following pleasant statements respecteleven men, in all, to commence this work? ing the girls' boarding-school :Murray's last guide-book for Turkey (just “We have had enrolled forty-one puissued) gives the population of Turkey, pils. There are thirty-eight in attendance exclusive of Rumänia, Servia, and the at present. The term commenced on the African provinces, — i. e. the Board's mis- 11th of July, and will close the 6th of sion field and Syria, as 27,300,000. November. Miss Lindley assists; two of Austria contains 35,500,000, all accessible the girls have relieved me of two classes ; to the missionary. When we ask for eleven and Louisa Nembula bas charge of the men to commence missionary work which writing. we pray may leaven this Empire, it is as “There is more religious interest at though Turkey were a new field, all open present than I have known at any previto the Gospel, and it were proposed to ous time. A morning prayer-meeting is station two men at Philippopolis, three at held daily, between five and six o'clock, Constantinople, two at Erzroom, and two and groups of three, four, or six, take a at Aleppo, and that to acquire, and labor Testament and Hymn-book and retire to in, the Turkish, Armenian, and Bulgarian a quiet place for prayer after school closes languages, I think I need say no more in
in the afternoon. Three have expressed defense of our sobriety and moderation. a hope in Jesus within two weeks. All
“We are all deeply impressed – I had excepting one have become Christians almost said oppressed – by the facts that since they entered the school, and all but we are engaging in missionary work right two attribute their awakening to the inalongside of Protestant pastors, educated in fluence of the girls who entered the king
dom before them. Some of these first Protestant community, who bad come out girls are at their homes; two are married. quite a distance to meet us. We reached
“Of the girls now in school, seventeen, the village just as the sun was sinking bewe trust, have passed from death unto life; bind the mountains in the west, and soon and when we requested it of those who reached the Protestant quarter, and in were troubled in their hearts on account front of the new Protestant chapel and of their sins, and who wished to forsake school-house were very warmly greeted by them and follow the Saviour, all but three Demere and a goodly number of the
friends. Afterwards we were conducted “ The feature which is full of promise, to the house of our host, where we were to my mind, is the influence for good received in the most cordial manner. The exerted by the Christian girls. They are wife of the host, the very woman who retalking and praying with the unconverted ceived us so pleasantly now, had once ones. I hope this is the dawning of bet- beaten one of the girls from our school ter days.
(when it was in Eski Zagra), because she “ The workmen are engaged on the new was a Protestant. building, which we hope to occupy when “Saturday evening was pleasantly spent we reassemble, the first of February. It in conversation with such of the friends as is to be as plain as possible, but vines and came to our room, and in a short prayerflowers will soon hide any deformity. I meeting at the chapel. It would have wish you could see the hedge of roses just greatly amused our friends in America, if now in bloom. Cuttings of climbing rose they could have seen us that evening in were planted, no care has been bestowed our room, with our host and the friends since, and it now makes an impenetrable who gathered around us. The room had fence, is evergreen, and once a year de- only a mud floor, and over this was spread lights the eye with its profuse bloom. One first matting, and then native carpeting, planted by the veranda is so beautiful that with here and there a pillow lying upon I am tempted out into sunshine and rain the carpet. There we all sat, Mr. Bond to admire it."
and myself as well as the friends, upon the pillows or the carpet, and we enjoyed
the evening much. European Turkey Mission.
“The Sabbath was filled up with services. At about the usual time for morn
ing service in our own land, we gathered MR. House, one of the new mission- in the chapel, and Mr. Bond preached. aries, wrote from Eski Zagra, January Gradually the little chapel filled up with 4th:
men, women, and children, until quite a “I snatch a few moments to tell you of number stood around the door. I counted a very interesting visit that Brother Bond ninety-five, and probably did not count all and myself made to Merichleri a few days the children. It was a pleasant sight, I since. On Monday of last week two of assure you, to see such interest in the the Protestants came to us from that vil- truth, and was doubtless doubly interest lage, with encouraging accounts of the ing to me, as this was the first Bulgarian progress of the work there, and bringing congregation I had seen.
In Eski Zagra, a letter from Demere, the only communi- you know, the people still hold themselves cant in that place, saying that one man aloof from us. After the service we rethere wished to be admitted to the com turned to our room, thinking it better that munion and have his child baptized, and the examination of candidates should take that there was also a marriage ceremony place there, in a less public manner. The to be performed in the Protestant com room, however, was almost filled with munity.
those who came to witness it. Instead of “ On Saturday Brother Bond and my one or two, as we had expected, four preself started for the village. As we drew sented themselves, and were examined by near, we were met by three boys of the - Mr. Bond, and Demere, whom we found
PROGRESS AT MERICHLERI.