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church was formed under the pastoral care of our beloved friend and brother, the Rev. W. C. Loveless, who continued to minister there for 14 years, assisted at one time by the Rev. Richard Knill, and afterwards by various Missionaries who were successively resident at the station. The church has lately been under the pastoral care of the Rev. J. Smith ; but the repeated failure of his health has obliged him several times to devolve the charge upon other brethren, who feel that, although it is an important sphere of labour, it is one which they cannot properly occupy, without being unduly drawn aside from their constant engagements, as Missionaries to the heathen. This has been felt also by the members of the English church; and while thankful for the valued services of the Missionaries of the Society, they have repeatedly expressed their desire to have a minister devoted to the work of God among themselves, and are willing to pledge themselves for his support. The attention of the ministers of Christ in England is earnestly invited to this important station. The acquisition of a foreign language not being required, as the services are entirely in English, a devoted minister of the Gospel may, on the day of his landing, enter upon his labours. He will find a congregation averaging about 200, and from among them a church of 70 members. He will have, as auxiliary to his ministerial labours, two flourishing schools under his superintendence on the same premises with the chapel ; and in these schools, as well as among the younger members of the congregation who need very much to be gathered into Bible classes, he will find an inviting field for his more private labours, while he may “preach from house to house,” among a considerable popu. lation of East Indians, and will meet with a kindly welcome in all his labours for their good. He will find also, in the public societies and institutions of the Presidency, an appropriate sphere for the exercise of his more enlarged sympathies and his energetic efforts, and will meet with many glad to welcome him as a fellow-labourer in every such good work. The Missionaries engaged among the heathen will hail his arrival with gladness, and wel. come him with sincere affection.
His undertaking the specific charge of the English church and congregation will be a very important service rendered to the Missionary cause ; he will be able, in various ways, to advance the cause of Missions in India, and promote the general interests of the London Missionary Society. I ask, then, can no one be found among our ministerial brethren qualified for such a post, and willing to occupy it ? He should be a man full of zeal, and prepared for much self-denying labour. His general style of preaching, though adapted to intelligent hearers, should be simple ; and though he may regard the pulpit as the chief point from which he is to attack the kingdom of Satan, he will find the work of private and familiar instruction highly advantageous; and will count it his joy to "gather the lambs," as well as “feed the sheep" of the Chief Shepherd. It is not a post for one who shrinks from any part of his ministerial duty in this land. He will have to do what is closely allied to the work of a Missionary, though not called by that name; and it is essential that he be a man of fervent simple piety, of holy devotedness, and intelligent activity, in the service of our Great Lord. He who knows the woes of the world, and the wants of the church, says, “Whom shall we send, and who will go for us?" I trust that some ardent and heaven-born spirit will respond, “Lord, here am ), send me!"
EDMUND CRISP. The Directors invite the attention of their friends to this appeal, and will be happy to receive communications from any of their brethren in the ministry, who may be desirous of entering upon this important field of labour.
BENARES MISSION, NORTH OF INDIA. In March, 1838, about two months previously to the removal of Mr. Mather to Mirzapore, Mr. Lyon arrived with Mrs. Lyon, at Benares, from Calcutta, and im
mediately entered upon his labours, in connexion with this important Mission. A detailed account of Mirzapore and its inhabitants, as furnished by Mr. Mather, including an impressive view of the peculiar obstacles and encouragements which it offers to Missionary exertion, was published in our number for January; and we now invite attention to some interesting statements lately received in communications from Messrs. Buyers and Shurman, of the Benares Mission, whose labours continue to be favoured with evident tokens of the Divine blessing. Under date, August 10, Mr. Buyers thus writes :
On account of the extreme heat of the Mohammedan, and that in this way alone beason, our labours in preaching have been we can bring up a class of young men and much curtailed for the last three months. women altogether free of the contamination Six or seven services have, however, been of idolatry, we are going to enlarge the ingenerally kept up, and now we shall be able stitution by receiving about 100 more boys. to enlarge our efforts considerably. We have These have been collected in the districts not recently baptised any converts except- where famine has been raging, in the neighing one man, a native of China, and, as bourhood of Agra, by a Society formed for far as I know, the only Chinese in Benares. the relief of the sufferers : we shall soon, He is bat imperfectly acquainted with Hin- therefore, have about 150 children, condustani, and none of us could teach him in nected with, and adopted, as it were, by our bis own language, which formed a great ob- Mission, who will form a nursery for our stacle to bis being so well instructed as we Hindustani church. could wish ; but as he seemed sincere, and Our object is to give them a pure scripvery anxious to be baptised, we thought it tural education, and to keep them entirely seour duty to do so, as he at least understood, parate from the heathen. They learn Hin. and appeared to believe in, the fundamental dustani, Hindui, and English. Those that truths of the Gospel.
are most talented we shall educate in the This year we have bad a good many ap- higher branches of knowledge, both in their plicants for baptism, but not of a satisfac- own and in the English language; hoping tory kind. At present there are some, but that among them some may be found who I am not quite satisfied as yet with their will be able ministers of Christ; while those state of mind.
who are not so promising will receive a Our Orphan Boarding-school is getting good plain Christian education in their own on very well. We lately bad a considerable language, and be put to such trades as may addition to it, and there are now twenty-one offer the best prospects of their being able orphan boys entirely supported. These are to obtain a comfortable livelihood. The brought up, you are aware, as Christians, Native Girls' Boarding school under charge and are all baptised, or will be so, with the of Mrs. Mather having been removed to Mir. exception of a few, whom we thought too zapore, a new female branch has been begun old to come under the denomination of in- by Mrs. Lyon. In so much enlarging our fants, and have left their baptism to take Orphan Schools we are, to a great extent, place when they may themselves make a acting on faith, as our funds are doubtful. profession. Being now well satisfied that We shall do all we can on the spot to obthis mode of carrying on schools is the most tain support for them, and hope that our satisfactory,
as none, or next to none, of friends will also assist. the children can ever become heathen or
Mr. Shurman writes under date August 29. It will be observed that further interesting allusion is made by him to the Chinese convert mentioned by Mr. Buyers. The extract from his letter is as follows :
Since the month of April, when I last nately, there have been two conversions. Trote in conjunction with Mr. Buyers, I One of the individuals is a Roman Catho. have been engaged, as usual, in preaching lic, formerly an abandoned character; but the Gospel to both Christians and Hindoos, since regularly attending Divine worship in places set apart for that purpose, and in he has become a religious man. We hope the markets and streets of Benares. Though that his conversion is genuine and deep. the message of the Gospel is generally lis. The other is a respectable young Chinese. tened to with seriousness, and often with When he first came to Benares he was nei. deep interest, still I cannot report any con- ther a Hindoo nor a Mussulman; and as he version having recently taken place by my found no temple of his own religion, he atpreaching in the city. In Salem Chapel, tended our chapel, at first simply because where Mr. Buyers and myself preach alter- he felt not comfortable in living without
any religion whatever. After attending regularly for some time, he began to feel a deep interest in the subject of religion, and, at his earnest request, Mr. Buyers baptised him. There was nothing remarkable in his conversion; still we hope that his views and feelings have undergone an entire change, which, no doubt, is sufficiently remarkable.
Our church members are at present eighteen in number; so that although our progress, as it respects conversions, is small,
we have, in other respects, made some progress, for which we would offer up heart. felt thanks to the great Head of the Church, Brabhudin, the Brahmin, whom I formerly baptised, gives us great delight by his consistent Christian conduct.
On the 22nd of this month Mr. Lyon preached his first sermon in Hindustani to a meeting of Christians. I was present, to assist him in the service. We are truly thankful to the Directors for having sent Mr. and Mrs. Lyon to Benares.
BELLARY MISSION.-SOUTH OF INDIA. The progress of the extensive and diversified operations of this highly favoured Mission calls for the most grateful acknowledgments to Him under whose providential guidance it was commenced, and by whose aid and blessing it has been upheld to the present day. Every branch of labour, connected with it, is marked with evidence of the Divine favour. The native church, though not wholly exempt from trial, greatly prospers. The schools, fourteen in number, contain according to the latest report, from four to five hundred children, whose general advancement is eminently encouraging. The Mission-press, to whose operations the work of translation, in the hands of Mr. Reid, forms an essential preparative, is also proving a powerful instrument in the diffusion of Divine truth among the Hindoos. Besides the regular preaching in the Mission chapel, the direct communication of the Gospel by the living voice is sustained almost without intermission throughout a large extent of country surrounding the station. In this important division of the work, the brethren receive valuable assistance from some of the native teachers ; and it is stated that the multitudes annong whom they pursue their itinerant labours give increasing attention to the word of life. We also learn that Brahmins still occasionally come forward in public to defend the perishing fabric of Hindooism, and to combat the truths of Christianity ; but the uniform defeat and exposure of their contemptible sophistries is rapidly enfeebling their once powerful and unresisted influence. These adversaries of the truth of God are humbled in the sight of the people, and the proofs of the weak ness of their cause are in various ways becoming increasingly visible to all interested in the issue of the mighty conflict. It is therefore hoped that the invitations of the Gospel, speaking to the conscience and the heart, begin to be more distinctly and impressively heard by the people at large; and that a way more wide and free is gradually opening among them for the triumphs of the Prince of Peace. In illustration of these statements, we give the subjoined particulars, furnished by Mr. Reid, in an account of a Missionary tour which he undertook at the commencement of last year :Friendly intercourse with the people.-Op- under a tree, and collected a few people.
portunities for preaching the Gospel. There were many Brahmins about, but none Jan. 17. - Spent three hours in the
of them would come near us. After a short town of Ghooty this morning, during which time the Peshgar,t having heard that we time I addressed the people in Canarese were there, came, with a number of people, and Teloogoo. It is a high and sacred and politely asked us to pay them a visit at privilege to be able to make known, in the
the Cutcherry, with which we most cheertwo languages, the wondrous deeds of a
fully complied. We had thus a good opporSaviour's love. In the evening we were
tunity of making known the great subject of employed in the Fort. We* sat down our mission, Jesus Christ and him crucified,
• Mr. Reid was accompanied by the Rev. W. Thompson, and one of the native teachers.
Leaving them, we assembled a few people The moment I brought my address to a in the Pettah. Several Brahmins came in close, discussions commenced, which were but said nothing.
often taken up by several persons, and alJan. 19.--Left Ghooty very early in the ways carried on with great spirit, till we morning, and proceeded on the road to became fatigued, and retired for half an Anantapoor. Reached Pamidee at eight hour, to take a biscuit and a little water, o'clock, where we spent the day in pleasant and rest. We commenced the afternoon in and encouraging labour. We were sur- a similar way, and were never without opprised to find so large a town. It contains ponents till the last day, when they seemed 2000 people, or nearly so, the greater
part to have become tired. Tuesday was the of whom are manufacturers of chintz. They chief day for discussion. In the morning seem to have immense trade. The village the Shastree, whom I had encountered on the was exceedingly neat and clean, with the Sabbath, came in first, and, as soon as he exception of the market-place; and the peo. had seated himself, began to interrupt me. ple were very civil. We went among them I prevailed upon him to allow me to finish my at nine, and continued till past twelve. Our discourse, and then promised to give him a congregation was large and attentive. At candid hearing. He was impatient; but, hali-past two we recommenced our labours ; after two or three times requesting him to and Onesimus having gone with the ser- reserve his remarks till I had done, he was vants and goods, I was employed in preach- silent. He afterwards brought forward his in; to great numbers of people till past five. objections ; but they were of the most tri. I had one disputant, but he was very civil vial kind, and had reference more to words and reasonable. His objection was against than things. These having been disposed the trinity of persons in the Godhead. I of, I began to set forth my objections to the altimately succeeded, I trust, in convincing alleged divine authority of their books. He him of the absurdity or unreasonableness of soon began to express impatience, and his position, which was, that it was neces- wished to rise and leave. I begged him to sary that we should comprehend it in order reinain, and let us come to some conclusioa to our acceptably serving God.
on the subject in hand before he left. He
sat down for a minute or two, but again Labours on the Sabbath, góc.
rising, determined to leave us, and would Jan. 21.-Enjoyed excellent opportuni- not be persuaded to seat himself again. We ties on Sabbath morning and evening, in did not see him afterwards during our the towu of Anantapoor, of preaching the stay. word. In the morning had one shrewd and After a little, another Shastree was crafty opponent (a Shastree of the place.) ushered in with great ceremony, all the peoWe disposed of his objections without any ple rising, and crying out, “This is a great great difficulty ; but as we were to remain Shastree, worthy of respect, and learned in some days at the place, we did not enter at the sacred books." We had with him a long large upon our aggressive labours, being de- discussion. A third was introduced in the sirous of spending as much of the Sabbath afternoon, in a similar way, but was more as possible in the plain, faithful, and affec- easily put to silence than the other two ; tionate setting forth of the doctrines of the for this reason, that he gave us leave to say cross, and its great practical beariogs on the somethiog, whereas the others knew that condition of the heathen. In the evening their strength consisted in talking, and were we had no interruption. Enjoyed a refresh- unwilling to hear what was said in reply to ing season of social worship with our dear them. One of these men would not speak Christian friends C.P—–, Esq., head assist- with Onesimus, but on his offering a reant to the collector resident here, and Capt. mark, told bim, “You Soodra man, why do L--, civil engineer, on a visit to the for. you speak to me? I have nothing to say mer. It is peculiarly cheering to meet with to you: it would be a shame and a sin to Christian friends in a Missionary tour, and listen to any thing you say." to retire with them a little from the active labours to which we are called among the
Advantages of public Controversy. heathen, to engage their sympathy, and to These controversies were all on matters gain the benefit of their prayers.
of very little importance, as far as they pro.
ceeded from the people ; and when we tried Discussions with the Shastrees.
to turn the subject to those of more serious Every day for the four succeeding days interest, they invariably took up some of we bad excellent congregations. Our me- the minor relations of such subjects, and thod was this: a tract being read, I ad. could not be kept to the main points. Howdressed the assembly; having first required ever, it gave us some opportunity of exthe people to give me a hearing, till I had de- posing the artifice of these false teachers, livered a discourse of about an hour's length. and the very low standard of their views of morality, as well as of religious feeling towards God. They might also have a tendency to bring to light the motives of the disputants on either side : one would be seen to be actuated by a love of truth, and a desire to benefit his fellow-men; and the other by a vain desire to display his learned lore, in spite of the claims of truth;
and a wish to keep the minds of men in bondage and darkness. If there were no other good resulting from our labours here, this would not be a small object effected. I hope, however, the views of the character of God and the claims of the Gospel were impressively set forth, and told upon the consciences of many.
MANDEVILLE, JAMAICA. In July last, on the fourth Sabbath of the month, a new chapel and school-house were opened at Mandeville, Jamaica. Our brother, Mr. Slatyer, the Missionary at this station, has transmitted the following pleasing account of the services held on that day
Early in the morning we met to offer upto almost entirely an apprentice congregation, God thanksgiving and praise, that he had I think a good sum, and a satisfactory honoured us to prepare a house for his proof of the people's willingness to honour name; and also to implore him to fill it the Lord with their little substance. with his glory, and graciously bless the pro- In the chapel we have 12 pews furnishing visions thereof. In the next service, when 96 sittings, which are all taken at 38. 4d. a I had read the Scriptures, the Rev. James quarter, and are paid for in advance; also Paterson, one of our Presbyterian brethren, 17 long back benches, on which several preached an excellent sermon from Col. i. sittings are taken at 2s. 6d. each. I hope 18, to an overflowing congregation. In the all who come will contribute in this way to afternoon we celebrated the Lord's Supper, the support of the cause at Mandeville, and having the pleasure of being joined in it by relieve the Society of a part of the burden. several members of other churches, whose I shall not feel content until the people fully Christian love and religious freedom led understand their duty of providing ade. them thus to exemplify that essential one- quately for continuing the means of grace ness which exists in the midst of denomina. amongst themselves, and share in the sacred tional differences. On this occasion we had pleasure of extending them to others. the further joy of welcoming into our little Our chapel is well filled every Sabbath, church, six of those who, remembering their and my only regret is, that it is so small; ways, can, I trust, with grateful hearts ex. we shall soon have to erect galleries, of claim, “But we are washed, but we are which the place is lofty enough to admit. sanctified, but we are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our
Progress of the School. God." Thus the Lord is adding to our Our school is much increased; we have number, and forming a people for his praise. an average attendance of 150 cbildren, and On this occasion I presented to the church as the payments are made with remarkable the communion service kindly sent us from regularity, we shall have no need, should England, for which I would, in the name of the number continue, to apply to the Sothe church, thank the giver. Two of our ciety for much, if any assistance, towards Moravian brethren, Messrs. Zorn and
the support of onr schoolmaster. Our Scholefield, were present and participated schoolroom is quite too small, and as there in the services of the day, which were most is a prospect of our school continuing to interesting to all who desire the spread of increase, we bave thought it best to enlarge the Redeemer's kingdom. The collections, it at once; and are now preparing to make including a second donation of 201. from it double the size, viz., 60 feet by 25 in the our attached Mr. W. Davy, amounted to clear. 541. 108. wbich, considering that it was
Porus. Mr. and Mrs. Hillyer, schoolmaster and schoolmistress, arrived at Jamaica, in June last. They have received the charge of the schools at Porus, of which station, Mr. Slatyer appends a brief notice, as follows :
It is gratifying to me, as it will be to the The school averages about 90 in attendance. Directors, that the station at Porus is also The congregation is too large for the place, in a flourishing condition, and that we have not only now and then, but almost every there a Christian brother, as fellow-labourer, Sabhath, so that it is desirable to provide with whom there is every reason to believe further accommodation. we shall live in uninterrupted barmony,