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miles southeast of Trebizond), Mr. H. S. makes it more difficult for us to reach Barnum wrote, January 7:
the masses." “ In this city we have as yet witnessed no decided manifestation either of hostility or friendship. There were two avowed
Mahratta Mission - UWestern Endla. Protestants when we came, nearly three months since, and there are no more now.
STATION REPORTS. The large congregations which gathered SEVERAL station reports for 1872, and when we first came, do not come to our other communications, have been received places of worship now. Still we hold two from this mission field, and were marked services at the gardens and two at the city, for use in the “ Herald” more extensively every Sabbath, besides special meetings than they can now be used. From Mr. for women.
Some two months since the Bissell's report of “ Ahmednuggur and the priests warned their flocks not to come near Southern Districts," a few extracts will be us. The Sabbath after, we had no audi- given :ence at the gardens in the afternoon, and “The year just closed has been one of once since, when nearly all the shops were blessing to the churches in this District, opened because the Sabbath chanced to though not without its trials also. Many be a Turkish feast day, our morning ser- of the Christians will remember it as a vice failed. With these two exceptions time in which they received new impres we have held our four services regularly. sions of the greatness of the work in which The past month our audiences have aver- they are engaged, and a new sense of their aged larger than the month previous, and need of the Holy Spirit's help. from fifty to seventy-five adults have “ Pastor Modak, of Ahmednuggur, reheard at least one presentation of the ports : “Twenty-five persons have been truth every Sabbath. Still there are none received to the church on profession of that can be called regular attendants save their faith, and sixteen have come from our two Protestant brethren. Occasional other churches. The regular preaching sales of Scriptures are made. Since we services on the Sabbath, and other days came, five Bibles, as many as thirty Testa- of the week, have been attended by more ments, and perhaps forty Gospels, bave outsiders than ever before. Even at the been sold, besides a few other religious special meetings of the church for prayer, books. It is a pleasant fact, however, many have been present and listened that of every five who come to the book- attentively. At the time of our annual room four wish only Scripture. I urge meeting, the crowd was so great that the other good books upon them, but they doors and windows were all blocked, and say, “No doubt they are good, but the yet many left because they could not hear. great thing is the “Holy Book.” We'll Including tithes for the support of their read that first, and then think of some- pastor, this church has collected for differthing else. Perhaps more than half of ent objects during the year 356 rupees. the gospels, and a few of the others, I am encouraged to believe the church is have been bought as reading-books for being built up in faith, and is growing in children ; but this does not prevent numbers and graces; and for this I praise their doing good in the families they have God.' entered. We sometimes feel almost im- “The pastor of the Seroor church repatient for immediate, tangible results, ports no additions during the year, while especially as this seems, for a new field, four have, for unchristian conduct, been unusually ripe for the harvest. Still, we subject to discipline. 'In the hot season,' know that crops are sometimes injured by he says, 'Seroor was visited with cholera, appearing above ground too soon, and so which proved fatal to many. Several of it may be best that the silent, subsoil work the Christians were attacked, but to none of enlightenment should go on for awhile, of them did it prove fatal. During the before the manifestation of a few, as Prot. prevalence of this disease, the calm trust estants, arouses violent antipathies and of the Christians in their Heavenly Father
BAPTISM OF A “GOSAVI."
presented a striking contrast to the terror the church during the last two months of of the heathen around them.'
the term. Others are asking the same “Woman's part in the missionary work privilege, and we trust will not long be in India is each year becoming more im- denied." portant and more fruitful. Much attention has been given by the wives of the missionaries to the instruction of the na Mr. Park, in his report of the Sholapoor tive Christian women. Many of these Eastern District, mentions a case of much have read the Bible more, and know interest, which he presents more fully in more about it, than they know of all other a letter written on one of his preaching books. Some who cannot read at all can excursions, under date “ Dhotre, 40 miles repeat a good many precious promises north of Sholapoor, December 9,” as fol. from the Bible. There is a Maternal lows : Association' here, numbering forty-two “ You may remember that in my letters members. They meet each month for of about a year ago, I spoke of one Ramji, prayer, and once in three months an ad- a member of one of the lowest castes, who dress is given by one of the missionaries or bad formerly been a 'gosavi,' or religious native preachers, to the assembled mothers teacher among his people, but who then and children.
began to express a desire to become a “At the time of the anniversary, when Christian. I then felt considerable doubt many Christian families from the districts as to his sincerity. But during this past were here, the wives of the missionaries year he has seen Bhiwaji [a belper] a and the native Christian women, on one number of times, and has read and studied occasion, met by themselves. About one the Bible and some of our Christian books. hundred and twenty adults were present, He has also done a good deal of preaching and many children. There were six great- among his own people, on his own respongrandmothers at the meeting, and in some sibility, in this and neighboring villages. instances the four generations of Christians In fact he has spent a good share of his sat side by side. Prof. Seelye, after meet- time in this way. We therefore came ing with us on the Sabbath, and seeing here to examine him, and if it seemed the goodly company of men and women best to baptize him. His examination met for worship, said the sight of that con was quite satisfactory. His whole appeargregation paid him for his visit to Ahmed ance was far different from that of a year nuggur.
ago, his manner was changed vastly for “ The four Bible-women under the di- the better, and from what he said, as well rection of Mrs. Bissell have continued as from his conduct, we could have but their work, with some interruptions, dur- little doubt of bis sincerity and of the ing the year. Partly, and perhaps chiefly, reality of his conversion. He seems also through their influence, four women are to have made a good use of his opportunow asking to be received to the church, nities — the few he has had -- and his unand come to the pastor or myself each derstanding of the essentials of ChristianTuesday to receive instruction. Last ity is by no means poor. So we regarded Tuesday, the pastor being absent, eleven him as a fit subject for baptism. His persons came to me for this purpose. mother, wife, and sister, were also exam
“ The Girls' School has been larger than ined and approved. His wife appeared ever before, numbering eighty pupils in the best of the three. Several others also the latter part of the term. There has asked to be baptized, and were examined, been unusual seriousness in the school but it seemed best for them to wait a little this year, and a carefulness to obey the longer. All that any of these candidates rules most pleasing to see. Many of the know about Christianity they have learned, girls declared their purpose, at the com so far as human sources are concerned, mencement of the year, to seek Christ; from Ramji; and it would have pleased and before its close eleven of them we be- you, as it both pleased and surprised us, lieve found him, and were received into to see the degree of knowledge which
some of them evinced. It certainly spoke here, but only one of them is a resident well for their teacher. Yesterday was of this place. The other two are women Sunday. In the morning we preached in from neighboring villages. They are all the Mang wada, the part of the village former followers of Ramji, and all met where Ramji and his people live; and in with us at Dhotre. One of them is a the afternoon I baptized the four whom blind woman, quite old — at least sixty I we had approved. It was the first time should say. Her examination was very I had performed the rite. I pray that in interesting. Her love and faith, and the the future there may be frequent occasions reality of her experience could hardly be to perform it. After the baptism we came doubted. She says that for many years back to our tents, and held a pleasant she has been a worshiper of Vithoba, but communion service.
he has never done anything for her; and Ramji has followers in eighteen neigh- now she has heard of Jesus Christ, who so boring villages. He
says that they number loved her that he died for her. about a hundred, and that it is his prayer “ Thus our little church in this region that they may all be led to Christ. is is growing. Others still are asking to be evident that he has a great deal of influ- received, and Ramji told me the other ence among them.
day of over fifty persons, in different vilA party in this village, headed by the lages, who are inquiring. It cheers us Kulkarni (a Brahman), is more than usu- much to see Ramji's earnestness. ally hostile to Christianity. They had these men are not all brought to the previously announced their purpose of de- truth,' he says, it will be my fault.' The stroying Ramji's house in case he became interest is not, as we believe, confined to a Christian, and of driving him out of the the circle of Ramji's followers. There village, in order to prevent the infection are a number in this village who I think from spreading. It is doubtful whether have never heard the gospel before, and they will go to that length, yet likely who, since our coming, seem to be much enough Ramji will be subjected to con- attracted by it. Some prominent men in siderable annoyance of one kind and an the village, of good caste, have expressed other, not to say persecution. This must their interest in what they have heard, be endured, and I think he will endure it and a desire to know more.
One, espein a proper manner.
cially, called one of our native brethren “ We are gratified to hear of a number to his house and had quite a conversation of others, several here and some in other with him. But caste is in the way. Sevvillages, who are thinking about these eral Mahars bave been to us, evidently in things, and considering the matter of be- considerable concern. They admitted the coming Christians. We look upon Ramji, truth of the gospel, and said they would and upon the whole movement which he gladly embrace it, but they were afraid of has been almost the only human instru- provoking opposition from their families. ment of originating, with much hope. Yet They said their wives and other friends we remember that there have been sad were already beginning to find fault with instances of defection, many who seemed them for coming so much to us, and how to start well, have run only for a season, they could cast them off, and adopt this and many movements among the people, hated religion, which they felt to be true, at first far more promising than this, have they did not see. Truly "a man's foes had but a small, if any, result. We pray shall be they of his own household.'” that it may not be so in this case.”
On the 31st of December Mr. Park
Madura Mission - Southern Åndia. wrote from Pangri, a few miles from Dhotre (to which place he removed, with his
GRATIFYING FACTS — ADDITIONS. tent, soon after the baptism at Dhotre): Two letters from Mr. Rendall, of Bat
“Three persons have received baptism talagundu station (having charge also of
WORK FOR WOMEN.
Periakulam), mention pleasant facts in fort has proved a success, especially in the regard to his field. A few extracts will Periakulam station, where there has been be given. Writing on the 26th of Novem- an advance in contributions of at least ber, 1872, he said :
twenty-five per cent. The pastors and “ Two Sabbaths since, the native pastor catechists have taken a lively interest in at Battalagundu received five of the pupils the subject, and the churches have adof the station school to the church. My vanced to the position of paying one half last monthly meeting at Periakulam was of the pastor's salary instead of a fourth, of great interest. The churches had con. as in the year previous. tributed, during the previous month, a “ The church at Periakulam is nearly little over forty rupees for the support of finished and will soon be open for service. their pastors, and the women of the con- It is a neat, substantial building, and the gregations had collected over eleven ru- people will prize it the more as they have pees, by their Sabbath contributions in been without a house of worship for nearly grain. In Battalagundu station, more two years. They have contributed about than six rupees were collected by the one hundred rupees towards its erection, women, so that my expectations from this during the year, and it will be necessary new effort have been realized. In some for them to add something more, as there congregations in Periakulam station, the is a debt of nearly one hundred rupees on catechists remarked that this effort was the church.” leading the women to be more regular in
A TOUR – ORDINATION their attendance at divine service, and it was also stimulating the men to do more Mr. Rendall wrote, January 2: than before. The success of this new “During the month of December, I plan, to increase our collections for be- spent twelve days with my daughter on nevolence, was very stimulating to the the itineracy, in the Periakulam station. pastors and catechists.
There is now a The pastors and a number of the catechists feeling of pleasure in every effort to ad were with us, and engaged most heartily vance in the support of their own institu- in the work. Some most interesting incitions."
dents came under my notice during this
tour. In one village we met with a few On the 2d of January, 1873, he wrote who expressed a desire to become Chrisagain :
tians and have a congregation organized “In this letter, I will refer briefly to the without delay in their village. In two vilwork during the past year at the two sta- lages we met with people who have the tions under my care. There were seven- subject under consideration. In one vilteen additions, during the year, to the lage my daughter had an audience of fifty churches at Battalagundu station, and heathen women, all assembled in one courtthirty-one to the churches at Periakulam. yard, and there would have been many All the churches have shared in these gra- more, had there been room. One old cious manifestations, and we have reason woman, after the conversation, said that in to thank God for these tokens of his pres- her heart she often prayed to the true God, ence.
although she did not know who or where " There has been deoided advance in he was. But hereafter she would pray to benevolence. During the latter part of Jesus, as he must be the true God, and 1872 I presented this subject to the pas- she had heard of his love to them. We tors and catechists, and to the churches, addressed over 4,000 souls on this itinerurging the importance of giving regularly acy, and arrangements were made to conand weekly. To aid in this matter, an or tinue it after a short interval, by the pasganization was effected among the women tors and catechists. in many of the congregations, through “ Whilst engaged in this work, one day which contributions in grain bave been was given up for the ordination of catemade every Sabbath, set aside daily, by chist Isaac, over the church at Kambam. handfuls from the family meal. This ef- The occasion was a memorable one for
that church. The church-members, and ner of misgivings and forebodings. She all the congregation, are united in their was sure those foreigners would not take pastor, and I was much pleased to notice care of other people's children, and balf the progress made by this people in order support them in this way at their school, and knowledge during the seven months unless they meant to profit by it somehow. Isaac had been with them. Forty-three She feared all sorts of evil. Perbaps they Christian women were at a meeting con had already sent her daughter to that far ducted by my daughter, and more than away Flowery.Flag Land (meaning Amerhalf of them were well prepared in ad- ica), to be sold as a slave, and she should vanced Bible lessons. The pastor's wife never bebold the dear face again. had been most active in instructing the “She grieved and wept so much over women, and had proved herself a real the affair that two of her neighbors agreed helpmeet to her husband in his work. A to come with her to the school, and let her number of the younger women were anx see for herself how matters stood. The ious to learn to read, and they will with three women came in, one Sunday afterout doubt redeem the pledge they gave noon, just as I was about to hear the in this matter, as this faithful woman will Bible recitations, which the school girls be instant in season and out of season in have every Sabbath. After the recitateaching them. The Kambam church has tions we had singing and prayer, and the a good plan for promoting benevolence, women listened to all with much apparent and for reaching their heathen neighbors. interest. When the services were ended, They will give half of their pastor's salary they told me wby they had come, and how at once, and I hope the time is not far dis- inconsolable the poor mother had been tant when they will give the whole. We about her child. Reference to her anxireturned from our tour greatly encouraged, ety at home brought the tears afresh to and with the full assurance that God's her eyes, and though she tried to smile name will be glorified throughout that sta- through them, I could see that the tears tion by the conversion of many souls." came far more readily than the smiles. I
felt half like shedding tears myself at see
ing her so moved, and said, as kindly as I foochow Mission - China.
could, · You need not fear at all about your
little girl. I love her, and will do all I MISS PAYSON'S SCHOOL - A MOTHER'S FEARS.
can to make her happy. So go home Miss Payson reported, December 3, and feel no more trouble about her.' The 1872, that her school has increased to school-matron and another woman present twenty-four pupils, and she hoped it would then added their words of exhortation and increase to thirty in the new building, comfort, saying, “ There is no need to fear. nearly completed, which would accommo- The ku-niong (meaning me) only wants to date that number. The following inci- teach these girls the Bible doctrine. She dents are noticed in her report:
teaches them about the true God and to “ Seven new scholars joined our num- obey him.' Then her neighbors took up ber soon after the opening of school in the strain of encouraging words, and so, September, who seem much interested in before she left, the mother succeeded in learning to read, and are making very looking quite cheerful, and carried home good progress. I felt much sympathy for with her, I hope, a consoling thought or the mother of one of them, who came to two of God's great fatherhood, and his insee her little daughter a few weeks since. effable love and tenderness for her and her She is a young widow, and has but this little one.” one child
a quiet, well-behaved little girl, about nine years of age. Some of ABRAHAM'S OBEDIENCE - INFLUENCE OF A her relatives had induced her to send the child here, but as soon as little Sang Mwoi “One of my former scholars was marwas out of her sight the mother's loving ried about two years since, and removed heart began to be oppressed with all man to a small village, about twelve miles from