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No. IV. MANY Christians have to endure marches of the stars, is with you.the solitude of unnoticed labour. 0. H. Spurgeon. They are serving God in a way which is exceedingly useful, but not at all DID you never see a person whose noticeable. How very sweet to coming into a room was like the many workers are those little cor- bringing of a lamp there ? Did you ners of the newspapers and maga
a person whose mere zines which describe their labours and
presence made the whole room shine, successes; yet some who are doing as it were ? You cannot analyze what God will think a great deal nor understand the power which more of at the last, never saw their such a person exerts on you. It is names in print. Yonder beloved not intellectual. It is a mysterious brother is plodding away in a little influence which emanates from him, country village; nobody knows any. so to speak. There are persons the thing about him, but he is bringing mention of whose names awakens in souls to God. Unknown to fame, you feelings which nothing else does. the angels are acquainted with him, Their lives are so radiant, so genial, and a few precious ones whom he so kind, so pleasure-bearing, that has led to Jesus, know him well. you instinctively feel, in their prePerhaps yonder sister has a little sence, that they do you good. It class in the Sunday-school; there is seems to you wholesome to breathe nothing striking in her or in her the atmosphere where they are. class; nobody thinks of her as a very Their influence seems to you like the remarkable worker; she is a flower perfume of flowers in a garden. that blooms almost unseen, but she There are persons who are so genial, is none the less fragrant. There is so gentle, so forth-putting in the a Bible-woman; she is mentioned in direction of purity and gentleness the report as making so many visits and love, that you have not the a week, but nobody discovers all slightest doubt of their being Christhat she is doing for the poor and tians. Have you never known perneedy, and how many are saved in sons of whom you have said, “I do the Lord through her instrument- not want any other definition of a ality. Hundreds of God's dear ser- Christian than that which I see in vants are serving Him without the him”? He is an orphan who, havencouragement of men's approving ing lived forty years, cannot lay his eye, yet they are not alone—the
finger on any one, and say, Father is with them. Never mind gives me my idea of goodness.” where you work; care more about Blessed be God, I know a great how you work. Never mind who many!”—Beecher. sees, if God approves. If He smiles, be content. We cai
not be always
I was in the act of kneeling down sure when we are most useful. It
before the Lord my God, when a is not the acreage you sow, it is the little bird, in the lightest freest multiplication which God gives to humour, came and perched near my the seed, which will make us the window, and thus preached to me, harvest. You have less to do with all the while hopping about from being successful than being faithful.
spray to spray: "Othou grave man! Your main comfort is that in your look on me, and learn something; labour you are not alone; for God, if not the deepest lesson, then a true the Eternal One, who guides the one. Thy God made me; and if
** He I sought it in Christianity, and there Of Makawitte, where Mr. C. Pieris, I found it to my satisfaction, and a native preacher, is at work, Mr. surrendered my heart to Jesus Waldock
thou canst conceive it, loves me and cares for me. Thou studiest Him in great problems which oppress and confound thee; thou losest sight of one-half of His ways. Learn to see thy God, not in great mysteries only, but in me also. His burden on me is light, His yoke on me is easy ; but thou makest burdens and yokes for thyself which are very grievous to be borne. I advise thee, not only to see God in little things; but to see little, cheerful, sportive things in God, as well as great, solemn, awful things. Things deep as
hell and high as heaven thou considerest overmuch; but thou dost not consider the lilies sufficiently. Every priest should put by his awful robes, etc., sometimes, and go free. If thou couldst be as a lily before God for at least one hour in the twenty-four, it would do thee good; I mean, if thou couldst cease to will and to think, and be only. Consider, the lily is as really from God as thou art, and is a figure of something in Him, the like of which should also be in thee.-John Pulsford.
OUR MISSIONS. We do not think we can do better couragement; but in the sub-stations this month than present our readers many
of the members are wanting with the following incidents from the in consistency and activity. A new recently received reports of two of schoolroom has been built, and our missionaries in Ceylon, viz., the school has passed the GovernMessrs. Waldock and Pigott, labour- ment examination very creditably. ing in what is called the Colombo Some of the boys, we have reason to district. Mr. Waldock reports that believe, though their parents are in Welgama, a station under native stolid Buddhists, have become conpreachers, the congregations are vinced of the truth of Christianity, good, and a girls' school is about to and are beginning to show its influ. be opened, which, it is hoped, will ence on their lives. The teacher is prove a blessing. One candidate a simple-hearted pious man, ever for baptism attributes her conversion ready to lend a hand in evangelto the preaching of the native istic work. He has lately been enevangelist.
Mr. Waldock says, gaged in a controversy with some "At a conversation I lately had
of the Buddhists in the neighbourwith her, she 80 simply and hood.” Of this, Mr. Pieris says: “In feelingly described how under the month of September, Alwis one of his sermons she had been Gurenause, the teacher of the Makaoverpowered by a sense of the sin. witte school, was called by four fulness of sin and the love of Christ, priests to Gallipansale (Buddhist that I could not doubt the reality temple), on a festival day, and asked: of her change of heart; and I be- 'What made you give up Buddhism, lieve we shall shortly have the joy since the majority in the village are of witnessing her baptism at a spot Buddhists !! Gurenause answered : made sacred by frequent administra- A few years ago I felt that I was tion of the rite by Mr. Daniels, a sinner, and sought salvation in whom the people still never weary
Buddhism, but did not succeed; but of speaking about.”
says: “In Makawitte itself Christ; and am now enjoying that we have had some cause for en. peace of God which passes all un
derstanding. Sirs, if you also will day, on a visit of mine to Walpold, believe that Jesus to be your only I asked her if she knew Jesus Saviour, you will enjoy the same as Christ; she readily answered me, I do. When I was at Makawitte, Yes, I do; He is my Saviour.'” I found that the discussion was Gonawala. This has been a year being continued in writing. Let us of severe trial to the Church here. trust that it may lead some to that “ About the middle of the year, disseeking which is sure to end in find. coveries were made which led us to ing:
the painful conclusion that the Mr. Pieris also mentions a case in preacher was unworthy of our conwhich, a few months back, a woman fidence. He was therefore suswho had been a Buddhist having pended, and by the direction of the begun to attend the chapel, the Committee at home,
dismissed. priest on discovering it went to Though such a circumstance could dissuade her from doing so, and but grieve and agitate the Church, reviled Christianity right and left. there was a unanimity and prudence woman answered him
displayed which, by God's blessing, more acutely than he had anticipated; have averted the serious conseso, turning to a man who stood by, quences which were to be feared. I he exclaimed, “My dear man, this removed S. G. Ratmayeke from woman argues with me after hearing Welgama to this place; and in aca few sermons preached! If she cordance with the wish of the people
, attends some days more, to what undertook myself for a time their end will she come p" She continues chief pastoral oversight. I am to attend the services,
thankful to say that present appears At Walpold, the girls' school, ances warrant hope of extension and which is a light amidst gross Bud- prosperity.
prosperity. The present chapel dhist darkness, is getting on well, being altogether unsuitable for a and has passed the Government Church which now numbers more examination. A new schoolroom than one hundred members, we is being put up on an eligible piece have begun the erection of a new of ground given by one of the one, which I hope will be finished parents of the children, the present long before our next annual report place being far too small.
has to be given. The people have Mr. Pieris says that a young subscribed liberally towards this woman at this village who be- object, two giving £25 each, and longs to a most thoroughly Bud- those who are too poor to give money, dhist and benighted family, and are to give in labour. I have seldom who does not
seen a more cheering sight than that to read, happened to hear, a few displayed when we laid the foundamonths ago, of the absurdity of tion-stone a few weeks ago. More believing Buddhism, and that salva- than thirty of the members, young tion is to be received only from and old, met together and soon Jesus Christ; and ever since has re- completed with enthusiastic energy jected everything that she had been the task, which was doing in connection with her former
very joyous one. The sight inspired faith, and is very happy to hear the hope for the future. The people gospel preached. “ Notwithstanding themselves are responsible for more her parents threatened to beat her if than £100,
and the balance required
, she set a foot towards a Christian I confidently hope to get without service, she takes opportunities to asking help from home. come and hear
me preach at “The boys' school which, through Makawitte, which is four miles dis
the energy of the teachers, stands tant from her village. The other
high among vernacular schools, such a service, the representatives of J. T. Wigner; W. Sampson, Folke- Nonconformity have been recog. stone; W. Walters, Birmingham :
assed the Government examination by the fact that many of our scholars lost creditably. At the beginning of receive little or no encouragement he year the teacher put up a school- from their parents to attend school, dom on land of his at Syambalape, and are often kept away to engage
village several miles distant, in field labour. mong a heathen population; and “I confess to a very strong and hough at the commencement most growing conviction of the imof the boys knew absolutely nothing, portance of schools if we would their improvement has been so satis- Christianize the
of the factory that in December the school people, and of the imperative duty passed the Government examina- of availing ourselves to the utmost ions well. Since the establishment extent of the pecuniary aid now of the girls' and boys' school at offered by Government, which, while Gonawala, more than seventy of the it facilitates our operations, in no scholars have become members of way embarrasses them. In particular, the Church.
good schools for girls are needed. "The total number of baptisms at Here, the difficulty has been to sethese stations during the year has
cure efficient teachers; but this we been ten. The total sum contributed are trying to remove by making our to the Missionary Society has been boarding
school as far as possible a £40 0s. 7d., this being nearly one
training institution. half more than the receipts from the “ With teachers of real piety we same places in 1870.
shall have Sunday-schools all the “Of the nine schools under my week; and though they will by no supervision, seven have been pre- means supersede direct evangelistic sented for examination by the work, they will greatly help to Government Inspector, and have "prepare the way of the Lord.” gained the number of 96 per cent. But on all hands we need more of
passes; while 90 per cent. is spiritual power and blessing. May all that is required to constitute our brethren at home ever remember them
very good schools. This re- that according to their faith it will sult is the more pleasing, as it be done to us who are their agents evinces considerable improvement
and their care." as well as efficiency; and is enhanced
NEWS OF THE CHURCHES. be interesting to some of Evan Edwards, Torquay; F. Tucker, our readers to be informed that, at B.A.; W. G. Lewis; Dr. Brock; the thanksgiving service, which was D. Jones, B.A.; J. Benham, Esq.; held in St. Paul's Cathedral on the R. Grace, Esq.; J. Templeton, Esq. 27th of February, the following The Rev. Dr. Angus and others representatives of the Baptist Union went in other capacities; and, in adwere present:-Rev. C. M. Birrell, dition to these brethren, the officers chairman; Revs. Dr. Steane and J. and committee of the London BapH. Millard, B.A., secretaries;
Dr. E. tist Board, and delegates from the B. Underhill;
Revs. J. H. Hinton, Protestant Dissenting Deputies were M.A.; J. P. Mursell, Leicester ;
also present. We believe that this is C. Stovel; Dr. Price, Aberdare; the first time that, on the occasion of $. H. Booth; T. M. Morris, Ipswich;
We have pleasure in calling atten- old chapel at Broadmead, Bristol tion to the formation of a society in under the ministry of the Rev. E. G Birmingham, consisting of the young Gange, has been re-opened, afte men of the Baptist congregations considerable alteration and enlarge there, for the extension of the mis- ment.-A new chapel, called the sionary spirit, and for the support East London Tabernacle, has been of missionary enterprise. For some opened at Stepney, near London time it has been felt that the interest for the ministry of the Rev. A. G which young men take in this branch
Brown. It contains sitting room of Christian work is not so great as for nearly two thousand five hundred as it should be, and that the pecuni- persons, and has been erected at a ary support they afford is
small. cost of about twelve thousand To endeavour to remedy this state pounds. in
con. sists of five representative members
publicly recognised as the pastor of from each Baptist congregation in
the church at Arthur Street, King's the town. Members of the society
Cross, London.—The Rev. H. Dunn are enrolled upon payment of one
has been recognised as the pastor of shilling annually; and it is proposed
the church at Milnsbridge, Had. to hold frequent meetings of the
dersfield.—The Rev. B. Dickens, late members and to publish a small
of Edenbridge, has been recognised magazine quarterly, and by Sunday.
as the pastor of the church at Nannschool addresses and other means
ton and Guiting, Gloucestershire. to endeavour to arouse a greater The following reports of MINISTERenthusiasm for the work. It will IAL CHANGES have reached us since be seen that the scheme is intended our last issue:-The Rev. W. Drew, to be auxiliary to the Baptist Mis- of King Street, Wigan, to Bratton, sionary Society, but it is proposed Wilts; the Rev. T. Whatley, of the to take up some special work and Metropolitan Tabernacle College, to carry it through. The society has Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; the already a subscription list of £120, Rev. J. Charter, of West Hartlepool, and the first work taken in hand Durham, to Brough, Great Asby
, will be the education of children of and Winton, Westmoreland; the Rev. native Christian parents in India, E. Evans, of Pontypool College
, to upon the plan now in operation at Hirwain, Glamorganshire; the Rev. the Bungalow school
at Serampore, J. Williams, Pennar, Pembroke Dock, the large extension of which was so to Evanjobb, New Radnor, and warmly advocated by Mr. Goolzar Glastry, Radnorshire. The Rev. J.T. Shah during his recent visit to this Hagen has resigned the pastorate of country. We commend this exam- the church in Soho Street, Liverpool. ple to young men in other towns; The Rev. F. B. Meyer, B.A., has red and any information they may want signed his position in order to start similar societies in
pastor with the Rev. C. M. Birrell their own districts may be obtained at Pembroke chapel, Liverpool. The from the secretary, Mr. J. Morgan, Rev. J. Manning has resigned his 37, Waterloo Street, Birmingham.
pastorate at St. John's Hill, Shrews
bury. The Rev. G. Whitehead has A new chapel has been opened at announced his intention of resigning Enfield Highway, London, for the the pastorate of the church at Rothministry of the Rev. C. Walsh. The erham.