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their own. They have to feel that Christ is no more a Saviour introduced by the teachers of a new religion only, but a personal Saviour and a spiritual physician, able and willing to heal the diseased soul, and impart health and purity to it; that he is no respecter of persons, being the common Saviour of all nations and languages. They have to feel that the Bible which the missionaries brought is no more from the American benefactors, but it is the book which their Heavenly Father prepared with profound wisdom, and handed them in their native tongue, to make them wise unto salvation; that the Sabbath is no more an institution introduced by foreign teachers, but it is the institution of their Creator, designed for bodily rest, and especially for the growth and sanctification of the soul, and commemorative of the resurrection of the ever-living Saviour; that their pastor is no more to be supported by their benefactors in America, but that he must be one of them, and be supported by themselves."
Other letters from the mission mention the addition of a few members to the churches, four at Navaly and one at Manepy; the dedication of the new house of worship at Oodoopitty in May; and the opening of a new chapel at Tillipally in August.
the admission of one new member to the church at Tientsin, but disheartening unfaithfulness on the part of several former members, three of whom had recently been expelled and three others suspended. He mentions the encouraging report of a native helper returned from the village of Ti Chi, near Téh Cheu, (see Herald for November, 1866, page 371,) where he thinks three or four persons are ready for baptism.
Dakotas. Mr. J. P. Williamson wrote from Niobrara, November 8, that on the previous Sabbath two persons were admitted to the church; "one a young woman of this tribe, and the other a Yankton man, who has been living with the Santees here for a few months past." He also states: "It is a pleasing circumstance, that wild Indians, intermingling with our Christian Indians, are often strongly impressed with the divine origin of our holy religion, and desire to partake of its benefits. Our two native pastors seem to be progressing well and gaining favor with the people."
India. Mr. Jewett, of the Teloogoo mission, (Baptist Union,) wrote from Nellore, March 11: " Yesterday, Sabbath, we had a special church meeting to examine ten candidates for baptism. They were all received. In the evening I baptized four. On Thursday I start for a village east, near the sea, to baptize the five men. They wish to be baptized among their own people." Mr. Clough, of the same mission, wrote March 9, from Ongole: "Last Sabbath it was my privilege to baptize nine upon profession of faith in Jesus, who, I trust, are the Lord's own children. I now have seven young men, who represent six villages, learning to read, etc, etc. I expect to keep them here five or six months, and do as well by them during this time as I can, and then send them back to their villages as teachers, preachers, etc., and with God's blessing we expect great results. The school which I have established for these seven young men should be made a permanent insti
North China. Mr. Chapin wrote from Tientsin October 4. He had recently returned, with his family, from the hills near Peking, where he had sought to recruit during the hot months, but was still not strong. He mentions a visit by Mr. Gulick to Yu Cheu, where Mr. Blodget baptized an aged couple, parents of a Kalgan convert, in the autumn of 1866, and says: "The leaven of truth has been spreading there, and now three others, including the wife of the Kalgan convert, have been received into the visible church of Christ." Mr. Chapin was hoping, when he wrote, to remove from Tientsin at an early day, and take a new station at Túng Chau, "the port of Peking on the river, twelve or fifteen miles distant from that city." The population of the place is estimated at from 100,000 to 150,000.
Mr. Stanley (September 13) reports, tution."
Mr. Mayou, of the Reformed Dutch mission, (Arcot,) reports the ordination of a native pastor over the church at Coonoor, and states: "The congregation are now making an effort to raise the whole of the salary of their pastor. They may not at present be able to raise the whole, but from what they had done before I left the place, I judged they would soon do so. This must be our aim, to lead each church to support its pastor. I see my way to it if I can only accomplish that which I desire. Perhaps a few years will pass before it is accomplished, but it ought to be the aim from the start. If I can have several native pastors supported by the churches in my division before I visit America, I shall have accomplished my desire, and shall have less anxiety in my absence.”
Burmah. Mr. Bronson, of the Assam mission, (Baptist Union,) reports a tour and a remarkable work among the " Garos." On the 17th of April he wrote: During my whole missionary life I have never seen any thing so wonderful as the work now going on among the Garos. Those two Garo assistants, Omed and Ramkhe, have worked quietly and faithfully on amid ridicule, reproach, and even threats of personal violence, and have proved themselves to be reliable, trustworthy, and faithful men, as I took them to be when I baptized them at Gowahati."
Another missionary wrote, May 28, "A note from Mr. Bronson, then in the hills, says: The work among the Garos is truly wonderful. I have baptized thirty-seven since coming here, organized a church of forty, including the three baptized in the plains, ordained a preacher, and established schools for boys and girls, according to the urgent plea of this people. How suddenly the Lord has appeared in our mission, where hope has been so often 'deferred, which maketh the heart sick,' to rebuke our weak faith and want of persevering trust.""
China. Up to February 1867, about 100 persons had been baptized by Messrs. Hall and Innocent, of the Methodist New Connection, in the vicinity of Lau-linghieu, in Shantung province, 140 miles
from Tientsin, — fruits of the remarkable movement noticed in the Missionary Herald for March last. There is also much interest at an out-station of the London Missionary Society, about 25 miles distant from Lau-ling-hieu. Official interposition has been secured, which it is hoped will arrest the persecution that broke out in that region some months ago.
South Pacific. An English missionary writes from Uea, Loyalty Islands, respecting French papal aggressions: "The Governor of New Caledonia, on his recent visit here, suspended all the Protestant chiefs, and, in the name of the Emperor, gave the rule of the island into the hands of three Popish chiefs, who have proved their worthiness for holding this office by their bitter persecution of the Protestants, and committing most atrocious outrages upon them. Previously their power to afflict was limited to their own tribes; now they are vested with power to carry out the operations of the priests over all; and the Protestant chiefs, who before were able to protect their people, are now, with them, given over to the cruelty and bigotry of these men - or rather the priests, whose tools they are. Two of these rulers have burned down the villages of their Protestant neighbors, for no other cause than their being Protestants, and have perpetrated such other cruel outrages, that had they been committed by the Turks on the Catholics of the Levant, they would have quickly brought out a French fleet and an army of defense."
Population of Jerusalem. The Prussian Consul of Jerusalem has formed the following estimate of the number of inhabitants of the Holy City: Jews, 7,100; Mohammedans, 5,000; Christians, 3,400; sum total, 15,500.
Papal Missionaries. The Annals of the Propagation of the Faith, for September, announces the departure of missionaries as follows: In October, 1866, six "Belgian Religious of the Society of Jesus," for Calcutta, Hindostan, and four for China;
in March, 1867, two Frenchmen, of the same order, for Madagascar; in April, seven Spaniards, for Manilla, and two Prussians for Missouri, United States, all of the same order; and in June, two "priests of the Seminary for African missions (Lyons)," for Dahomy.
Self-support. The Wesleyan Missionary Notices for November states: "The able Superintendent of the North Ceylon District is working out with great vigor the project which he so eloquently advocated when in England,—that of endeavoring to make the native churches, in all respects, self-supporting.... In South Africa the fruit of many years of zealous and prayerful toil is ripening into a rich and abundant harvest. At Natal a sanctuary has been erected at the sole expense of the native Christians, and was dedicated to the worship of God under very hopeful circumstances." An English missionary in Tinnevelly, India, refers to recent resolutions of the "Local Committee" "to introduce the plan of self-support" among the native churches. It seemed unfortunate
that the time fixed upon for the introduction of such new measures proved to be one of great scarcity, almost famine, so that many fears were entertained as to the result. But "an increase of contributions," during such a year of trial, proved "the popularity of the plan" with the people. A respectable native Christian, a man of large property, when conversed with on the subject, and told fully what was meant by the self-supporting system, said: "It is only in this way that Christianity will become the people's religion; and the foundation of Christianity in these parts should be properly dated from now."
The Debt of the Presbyterian Board, of $35,000, it is announced, may be regarded as paid off, by "the liberal gifts of Christian friends and the warm-hearted children of the church."
Earnest requests have been received by the Presbyterian Board, from their mis
sionaries in India and Siam, for increased salaries, owing to the increased expense of living, which, as all contributors should remember, is not felt in America alone.
The Presbyterian Board of Missions announce that an advance of one third over the amount received from the churches last year will be required to defray the expenses of this year.
Five persons were received to the Presbyterian mission church at Bangkok, Siam, on the 4th of August. Two others, pupils in the school, gave pleasing evidence of a work of grace in their hearts.
ABOUT THE "MORNING STAR."
THE first missionary work of the children's new Morning Star," after she reached the Sandwich Islands, was to carry supplies, native missionaries, &c., to the Marquesas Islands. Mr. Coan, of Hilo, on the island of Hawaii, went in the vessel, as a deputation to visit the Marquesas mission, and the children will certainly be glad to see what he wrote about their little packet. Here is his letter: "The Morning Star' is a glowing beauty, and a radiant gem in the little constellation of missionary packets whose soft light falls upon the ocean wave, and reflects upon the dark clouds that hang over pagan lands. I wish to say to the thousands and tens of thousands of dear, precious children who own and love and watch the Morning Star,' that their vessel is one of the neatest and most beautiful afloat. It is well built, well rigged, well furnished, well appointed, and well navigated. The vessel is every way superior to the old 'Morning Star' - larger, stronger, neater, better lighted, better ventilated, and more sea-worthy. I have never sailed so comfortably on a vessel of her class, and I rejoice that I was permitted to go in this packet on her first voyage to the heathen. In 1860 I visited the Marquesas in the old 'Morning Star,' and my late visit enables me to compare the two.
"In disbursing and sailing the packet Capt. Bingham has done nobly. His care for the vessel and for all on board has been unremitted and faithful, and his most excellent wife, whom we will call chief mate,' is a light to the Star,' and a ministering angel to all on board.
"And that dear organ, given by the generous Mr. Smith, is a treasure in the cabin, thrilling our hearts with its melody, and leading our spirits upward to mingle our notes with the vast symphony of heaven. On sailing from Hilo I was immediately sea-sick, and retired to my stateroom, where I lay in a state of stupor, nearly unconscious to all passing events. At evening I was awakened, as from a delirious dream, by the full notes of the or
FOR THE CHILDREN.
gan, and the carol of human voices. The burst was so sudden and so sweet, that it seemed as if an angelic choir had descended from the sky and filled the cabin and all the ship with melody. My eyes filled with tears, and my heart melted in tenderness at this first gush of sacred music on board the Morning Star.'
"Sometimes the Star' sailed eight knots, sometimes ten, and sometimes twelve or thirteen an hour. And when her white wings are spread to the winds, and the light of the celestial orbs flashes upon her canvas, she looks all beauty, 'like a thing of life.'
"She touched at Hilo on her outward and homeward passages. Her stay was short, but as we have hundreds of juvenile stockholders in Hilo, they all mustered, with songs and banners and thirty waving flags; marched down to the shore, and embarked in a flotilla of boats, furnished by residents and by generous captains of whale ships, (twelve or thirteen being then in port), and met on board of the packet. The children were perfectly delighted with their vessel. They ran all over it like squirrels, and fluttered like birds upon the shrouds, flitting over the decks, through the cabin, steerage, and all parts of the vessel, in jubilant ecstasy. They were told that they might examine all parts of the ship, from the keelson to the trucks, and from stem to stern. The ship was all alive with those happy owners, as with a bevy of birds, and the dear children did not regret that they had taken shares in so beautiful a craft. And I am sure that those bright, happy Sabbath-school children in America, whose dimes and dollars put the 'Morning Star' afloat, with her white pinions spread to the breezes of heaven, and her peerless and priceless pearls for the heathen, will not fail to remember her upon the great deep; to pray for her; to watch for tidings from her; and, should she be wrecked or foundered in a tempest, or worn out in service, to unite promptly and cheerfully in building a new, enlarged, and improved 'Morning Star.' I am very sure that the noble boys
and girls of my country will do that, and I am also sure that my boys and girls in Hilo will take hold, with their young cousins in America, in the good work. And I think that some of our Hilo boys and girls will yet sail in the Morning Star' as missionaries to the heathen. How many of my young friends in America will be ready to go too, when the Master comes and calls for them? Many, many, I trust."
THE Missionary Herald has acknowledged, during the year 1867, almost $14, 000 as received from Sabbath-schools and in other ways from the children, for the
Mission Schools. How much the children
can help in the mission work is shown by the sum they raised a year ago for the new Morning Star, — more than $28,000. Sabbath-schools in the churches contributing to the Presbyterian Board of Missions have just been showing how much they can do also. Trying to help that Society pay off its debt last year, they had contributed, up to the first of November, $20,960. This is $17,236 more than they contributed up to the same time in 1866, and serves to verify the old saying, "Where there is a will there is a way." There was a prospect, also, that they would send in about $6,000 more in November, we have not learned just how much they did send.
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CHINA AND AFRICA.
The Foreign Missionary, published by the Presbyterian Board, speaking of the "Appeal" to Sabbath-schools, says: "A missionary from China, hearing of the 'Appeal,' brought the matter before his school,
and when it was put to the vote, every little hand was raised in favor of contributing all we have for this object.' He writes that, though very poor, they will raise $10. When the news of the debt, and of the action of the General Assembly reached Africa, a Sabbath-school in Liberia determined to raise a sum of money to relieve the wants of the Board, and it sends $7.50. Here is a voice from the mission field to the children at home."
IT IS GOOD TO GIVE.
The Foreign Missionary says again: "More than one child has sent a generous
gift, saying that in her school the subject had not been mentioned, but seeing a notice of an appeal to the Sabbath-schools in the papers, she sent $5, or $1, &c. The influence of this movement upon the children themselves, no tongue can tell. It binds many of them to the cause in the future, and it is in this aspect of it, that we have regarded this effort with delight. Many schools that never gave a dollar, now write, 'We will take up a regular collection for Foreign Missions.' Here is a gain to the cause, and a blessing to the school. Then many children have heard of the heathen, and of the Board, who knew but little of them before; and this knowledge will bring good to them, and will be the means of leading some to consecrate themselves to this cause, and to go forth as preachers of the word.”
A WORD FROM MICRONESIA.
A FEW years ago, in one of the beautiful islands of Micronesia, a young girl was sitting at the feet of a missionary. A little time before that she was a wild, rude creature, as all the heathen children around her were; wearing almost no clothes, and likely to grow up a corrupt and vicious woman, like the other natives of the island. But the missionaries who had come there to live had taken her into their family. There she had learned something about God, and she tried to pray to him. She had put on American clothes, and at the time of which I speak, she was helping the missionary to turn the Gospel of Mark into the language of the islanders. At last they came to a passage which said something about believing in Christ. She stopped a moment, seemed to be thinking very hard about something, and then looked up into her teacher's face and said: "Missionary, what is it to believe in Jesus?" He had tried to explain it to her before, and now he tried again. At last she seemed to understand it, and to receive it into her heart as if it were meant for her. But just as she was beginning to feel glad that Jesus