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Tarsus church and congregation seem to be in an unusually healthy condition."
Mr. Parmelee gives valuable facts respecting the Erzroom field, (page 150,) and some extracts from certain station reports will be found at page 152.
Eastern Turkey. Mr. H. N. Barnum wrote from Harpoot, February 1st: "The Week of Prayer has passed, but in nearly all the places heard from the daily meetings are continued, and with profit. Christians have been refreshed, and there has been, and is still, an awakening of interest among all classes in our various congregations. There is, however, no marked revival influence, such as we enjoyed one year ago, and which we have longed to see again. In the new out-stations there is an unusual readiness to listen to the truth. No season has witnessed so little persecution and opposition as the present. We now occupy about sixty out-stations, and in several other villages teachers are earnestly sought, but we have not the men to supply the demand at present. The Ichme church, self-moved, is sending out colporters in various directions; who find great joy in the work, from the unexpected favor with which they are received in vil lages hitherto much opposed to the truth. If we except the time of revival, last winter, the aspect of the whole field was never more hopeful than at present."
Letters from Mr. Perry, respecting the week of prayer, and personal Christian effort, will be found at page 149.
Nestorians. Mr. Labaree wrote January 13: "I have returned to-day from a tour among the villages during the week of prayer. I can truly say I never passed this interesting season more delightfully. In each of the five villages labored in there were cheering evidences of the special presence of the Lord, in the quickening of the Christian brethren and sisters. They seemed to be awakened to pray and labor earnestly for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the multitudes of the unconverted about them. In each village, two meetings were held every day, and were attended by considerable numbers outside of the church, several of whom
evinced a deep personal interest in the great subject of their soul's eternal salvation."
Mahratta Mission. Reports for 1867, from several stations in the Mahratta field, have been received, but the more interesting facts have already been published in the Herald. A single paragraph from Mr. Bruce's report of the stations under his care brings to view the agency of native helpers. He writes: "There have been 21 catechists and 8 teachers employed under my direction, during the year, in the three districts of Rahûri, Khokar, and Pimplus. Each of these helpers has a number of villages assigned to him, which it is his duty to visit as often as possible, for the purpose of preaching the gospel. In the village and by the way-side, in the field and in the threshing-floor, wherever they can find a few to listen, they are ready to make known the glad tidings of salvation. According to the monthly reports of these assistants, they have preached, during the year, 7,362 times, to audiences amounting in the aggregate to 96,373 persons, of whom 16,363 were women."
Mr. Fairbank, of Wadale, reports much sickness at his station, and the death, after very severe suffering, of a young man who had "worked for him a part of the day and studied the rest." The suffering, if not the death, was owing to "the barbarous and cruel Hindu style" of medical treatment, pursued in Mr. Fairbank's absence. He writes: "But I must tell you a little about his death, though I have heard only by report. Every one is talking about it; and several have expressed the wish, in my hearing, that they might die in a similar manner. It appears that on Friday his reason and his speech returned. He knew all who came by the tones of their voices, though he could not see them. He had been blinded by the pepper, perhaps, as his eyes were much swollen and blood-shot, or else sight had failed as death was near. He called his four brothers and all his friends, bade them good-by, and exhorted them to trust in Christ; told them of his peace and confidence; said he was glad to go to be with the Lord; begged them to be kind to his
wife, who had no home to go to, as her mother is a widow and poor; sent messages to us and others; preached Christ to the many villagers who came to see him; and at last quietly fell asleep in Jesus. It was such a death as those who were there never saw before-a death of faith and joy in the Saviour. His brothers say that they have chosen his Saviour to be theirs. Neither of them had before shown any regard for Christianity. Perhaps he did more for the Master that forenoon than he would have done in years, had he recovered."
Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson, who sailed from Boston August 13th, 1867, reached Bombay after a very long passage, on the 18th of December. Mr. Atkinson writes: "The voyage was profitable; I feel stronger and more active than when in Boston." At Bombay, he says, "we felt at home from the first. The greetings of the brethren and sisters were like those of members of the same family. We were not strangers." They expected to start for Ahmednuggur January 29th.
North China. Mr. Blodget wrote, December 23, that two new members were received to the church at Peking on the previous Sabbath - a pupil in the boys' school and his mother. Mr. Chapin had removed to Túngchau, so that the mission has now "four stations, on the great line of travel from the sea-board toward Mongolia and Russia.”
Dr. Treat writes that he arrived at Tientsin November 23, (where he spent ten days,) and reached Peking December 6th, "76 days from New York;" "with great joy and thankfulness" taking his "place among the missionary laborers" there. Hon. S. Wells Williams writes respecting Dr. Treat, to his father: "I congratulate you on having a son who is so willing to carry out your own views, and seems likely to enter into the work with faith and patience. He has an open door for usefulness among the sick and sinful in this region, and our best wishes for long service in the vineyard. It is a warning note to me, of the drawing nigh of the eventide of life, to see one of the boys who, in 1845, was around your table in
Tremont Street, thinking chiefly of hard lessons contrasted with jolly play, coming suddenly to view as a co-worker in mission plans, in this far-off city. I hope the churches in the United States will send hundreds of their best youths, to elevate the Chinese to be the true Celestials' in Christ Jesus. They would, I am sure, if they only knew what a glorious work it is of itself, and how satisfactory, as a preliminary to immortality in the higher courts. of the Master's mansions."
Sandwich Islands. Mr. Coan, of Hilo, reports the dedication of "a new and beautiful meeting-house 50 feet by 25, the organization of a church, and the ordination of a pastor, in January, at a "picturesque and romantic place" in North Hilo, called Laupahoehoe (lava-leaf), about thirty miles from the town of Hilo. "Hilo has now three native pastors," and there were three licentiates in Puna, one of whom was expected to be ordained early in March. Mr. Coan states: "Converts come into our churches gradually. Contributions of the church under my care have been about $4,000 during the past year."
Micronesia. Letters from Messrs. Bingham, Snow, Sturges, and Doane, in this number of the Herald, (pages 153-159,) present statements of much interest in regard to this field.
Dakotas. Mr. J. P. Williamson reports the addition of five to the church at Niobrara, by profession, on the first Sabbath in February. A series of meetings terminated that day, with the quarterly communion season. The Indians are much scattered in search of employment; "but many returned, coming from 50 to 75 miles, to attend the meetings. The native pastors did most of the preaching." Mr. Williamson visited the Yankton Agency in January, and thinks God is fast removing the obstacles to missionary labor there. "Heathen opposition is fast giving way." He had also visited the Ponca Agency, where he spoke, through an interpreter, "to 50 or 100" Indians, who came together to hear him preach. There
francs. It is the only missionary journal of the Roman Catholic Church; and it has a circulation of 233,300.
London Society - Death of Dr. Tidman. The Rev. Dr. Tidman, for many years the able and much esteemed Foreign Secretary of the London Missionary Society, "quietly entered his rest" on the 8th of March.
Danish Missionary Society. It is stated in the Bulletin du Monde Chrétien, for February, 1868, that the Danish Missionary Society has in Greenland eight stations, ten missionaries, forty native catechists, and two normal schools. The largest congregation consists of three thousand persons, and the smallest, seven hundred. This Society was formed in 1706.
China. The Record for April (Presbyterian Board) notices the recent addition of four adults, by profession, to the church at Hangchow, and fifteen " during the It also states: year" at Tungchow. "Writing at Shanghai, January 16th, the Rev. J. M. W. Farnum says, 'I think four boys and four girls of the boardingschool united with the church during the year covered by this report. A week ago, last Sabbath, [subsequent to the report,] twelve more were received.' Nearly all the scholars, who are not communicants, express a strong desire publicly to profess Christ; more than thirty applicants for admission were examined by the Church Session. Besides the twelve scholars, two other persons were admitted to the communion."
The dedication of a new church at Yuyiao, Ningpo mission, "the gift of Mr. William Rankin, of Newark, N. J.," is noticed, and, it is said, "Affecting recollections were revived of the lamented young pastor, Mr. Ling-yin, whose labors were commenced in 1863 at this place, with but five church members on the list. Now there are eighty-nine, most of them admitted to the church under his ministry.... The Rev. Mr. Bao Kwong-hyi was installed by Presbytery as the pastor of this church, after having been the stated supply for a year. The same spirit,' Mr. Dodd says,
seems to rest upon him,' as on his predecessor, Mr. Ling-yin. . . . 'There has been no communion season since he went there, at which some have not been bap tized from among the heathen.""
The Missionary Advocate, of the Methodist Episcopal Board, states: "It has pleased God so to bless our mission in China as to raise up a good number of native preachers, and thus to give the brethren from America time and opportunity to extend their mission into the adjoining province of Kiangsi. They have appointed the Rev. V. C. Hart to proceed to Kin-kiang, the capital city of the province; and have designated Rev. E. S. Todd and wife to join them in Kin-kiang, and lay the foundation of the first Protestant mission in that populous province."
Japan. Some months since Rev. J. Goble wrote from Nagasaki to the Missionary Recorder, (Foochow, China,) "I am as busy as I can be, teaching school, editing a native paper, and doing a little at translating. I am engaged by the Prince of Tosa to lay the foundation of an English college; and in prosecution of this plan, we expect soon to go up into the country of Tosa to live. We are getting a font of Japanese type cast, and expect soon to be able to print Bibles, tracts, books and papers, with press and movable types. The English, Dutch, and Chinese versions of the Bible are already introduced as a reading-book in our school. Some of the pupils have, of their own accord, asked to be admitted to family worship, and others ask particular instruction in the Christian religion. One of the latter is a high officer of State to the Prince. We have been praying the good Lord to prepare for us a way of access to this people, and just when and where we could have least expected it, the way seems to be suddenly opened before us, and that too by a specially marked providence."
Burmah. A letter from Mr. Cross, of the Toungoo mission, (Baptist Union,) in the Missionary Magazine for February, says: "The reports from the jungle are far more interesting than they have been at any time since 1862. All parts of the
field have been thoroughly visited by the traveling preachers, and these are, for the most part, the ordained preachers. There were six ordained men at the meeting, and they report something over three hundred baptisms. The destitute churches are again asking for preachers, and rebuilding their fallen-down chapels; and heathen villages are also asking for teachers. The olden days of Toungoo seem in some measure to be returning. A vast field is opening to the east of us. We see how inadequate are all the means of men and money which we now can command."
North American Indians. The Record of the Presbyterian Board, for April, states, respecting the mission to the Seminoles: "The church was organized in February of last year, with sixty-six members, of whom twenty-three were received on examination. The ruling Elders were then ordained. Since that time the Holy Spirit has been manifestly present with power in the religious meetings; thirtysix persons have been added to the church on examination, one by letter, and two who had fallen away were restored to church privileges on giving suitable evidence of repentance. The whole number of church members reorganized and received is one hundred and five, besides eight infant children baptized. Among the members are some who should probably be encouraged to prepare for usefulness as catechists, teachers, or perhaps eventually as ministers of the gospel. The members of this church are liberal, in proportion to their small means, in supporting the gospel among themselves, and in their gifts at monthly concert meetings, to send the gospel to those who are still heathen."
Mr. Phineas R. Hunt and wife, formerly of Madras, Miss Mary E. Andrews, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Miss Mary H. Porter, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, sailed from New York in the steamer of March 21, for Aspinwall, on the way to the North China mission, via San Francisco. In connection with this departure, some
facts, connected with Mr. Hunt's success as mission-printer at Madras, will interest the reader. When it was known that he was about to leave that place, near the close of 1866, a meeting of English and native citizens of Madras was held, and a committee was appointed to prepare a suitable address, and raise, by subscription, a sum of money to be presented to him, as an expression of the sense entertained of the great work he had performed in the country as a missionary-printer. A circular letter issued in furtherance of the object stated: "It is, we believe, admitted on all hands, that the printing executed by Mr. Hunt, in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindustani, is superior to any other in these languages; and, moreover, that the present superior style of our vernacular printing generally, is mainly to be traced to Mr.
LETTER FROM CAPTAIN BINGHAM.
PERHAPS the children know, already, that their new "Morning Star "returned to Honolulu in January, after a visit to the different stations of the Micronesia mission. Just before reaching Honolulu, Captain Bingham wrote this letter about the voyage, to the young "owners" of the
FOR THE CHILDREN.
"ON BOARD MORNING STAR,'} 23, 1868. "MY DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS,- Our eyes have just been greeted with a sight of the mountains of Oahu, my native land, distant some seventy miles. To-morrow we hope to anchor in the safe harbor of Honolulu, when a long voyage, of nearly seven months, will be completed, the first which your little vessel has made to the isles of Micronesia. Since we left Honolulu, July 1, 1867, the Morning Star has anchored twenty-eight times, has visited sixteen islands, revisited seven of them a second time, two a third time, and one a fifth time. Twelve missionaries and their families have had their mails and supplies for another year carried to them. Nearly all of them have taken either
Hunt's labors. It is further believed, that the accuracy with which the sacred Scriptures and Christian books have been printed, together with the beautiful execution of the work, have been a great boon to native Christians generally, and, consequently, an important help to all missionaries."
The Madras Auxiliary Bible Society also adopted and sent to Mr. Hunt a very complimentary Minute, expressing their sense of obligation to him "as a valued and most successful fellow-laborer;" and taking leave of him "with the expression of their united prayer and hope, that his labors in China may be equally successful, and equally appreciated in connection with the great cause of missions in that vast empire."
longer or shorter passages in the vessel. By her aid, the annual meetings of three distinct bodies of missionaries have been held, one of the Hawaiian missionaries in the Gilbert Islands; one of the American missionaries of Micronesia, on Ponape; and one of the Hawaiian missionaries in the Marshall Islands.
By means of your little vessel, the inhabitants of Nui, a small island in Ellice's Group, which lies south and east of the Gilbert Islands, have been furnished with a good supply of the Gospels by Matthew and John, of the Epistle to the Ephesians, and of copies of a book of Bible Stories, published by the American Tract Society of New York. These are in their own language, which is that of the Gilbert Islands, although they are surrounded by islands of Ellice's Group, where a dialect of the Samoan language is spoken. I might fill my whole sheet in telling you of our delightful visit at that island, where so many are becoming the friends of Jesus, and where nearly all the inhabitants can read, although no missionary has been long among them. It was very pleasant there to shake hands with our English brethren,