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poor. But God will take care of her; yes, and He will take care of others, too, if they neglect or forget those who for His name's sake have been burden-bearers and faithful labourers in His work.
Remember, then, the necessities of those upon whom God has put the responsibilities of his service in this world, and let your kindly care - bear testimony that their labours are not in vain in the Lord. Smooth the rough path that lies before them ; and let not the world mock and sneer at the pitiful penury of the aged ministers of God as contrasted with the luxury and covetousness of those who profess to be the followers of the Son. “Bear yo one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
For it soon may be my bed;
Should pillow my silent head,
Even when I am dead-I am dead.
With its wild or planted flowers,
In this beautiful world of ours,
In this bright, loved world of ours;
The sun had a kindlier ray;
And the chirp of the cricket were gay,
And the sky wore the soft blue of May.
The moon shining brightly clear,
On the snow-robed churchyard near ;
The memory still how dear!
To open her bosom warm,
The chilly and wasted form,
The wayworn and wearied form ?
Do we call it sad and drear?
In some future month of the year,
With feelings of hope, not of fear.
And His “ fragrance" still lingers there;
They that sleep in Him shall His glory share,
The grave! then call it not dark and cold,
Nor think ye upon it with fear;
And the resurrection near-
OUR MISSIONS: A MISSIONARY'S DIARY. It is not very easy for English | munity. The rest of the week is people fully to understand the work passed in visiting from house to of a missionary, because the circum- | house, or in preaching in the marstances of the people and the nature kets; or in proceeding from village of the climate in the tropics, differ to village to preach to whomsoever so greatly from everything to which will listen to the word of God. Ofwe are accustomed in our daily life. ten many times a day he will give If it is a missionary's object, as it is short addresses to as many different in India, to reach the people, it is of | audiences; or will spend hours in no use to build chapels for them to conversation or discussion with those assemble in. Their caste and na who resort to him in his house or his tional prejudices forbid their enter boat. ing any building devoted to other It may tend to bring vividly to worship than their own. Then the the minds of our readers the way in Hindoos do not keep the Sabbath. which a missionary occupies each They even have no regular day in day, by an extract or two from a which to worship their gods. The journal lying before us. people visit the temples as their feel It must be understood that the ings or necessities urge them, at any missionary has started in his boat time, and after offering fruit, flowers, on one of the great rivers of Bengal. and money, with the muttering of a His entries run thus :few invocations by the brahmin, they “ Wednesday, Sept. 4th.-Bathed go away, their duty to their god ful early in the canal, and after so many filled. There are certain annual years, for once enjoyed a good swim. seasons when the worship of particu It however, rather tired me. Lal lar deities is attended to, such as Chand accompanied us to Mirkatim Durga, Kali, and Krishna, and days market, where we arrived in good are spent in visits to the temples and time, and in the great heat preached the amusements which usually ac in turn to a good many people. My company the season. So again, par preaching was interrupted by heavy ticular localities have special sanc rain, which made us run for our tity, and at the appointed day of the boat. In a few minutes we left for year the people come in crowds to Dhaltollah canal. Ram Charun and the sacred spot; it may be to bathe I have only one boat, in which also in some holy well, or to wash in our cooking is done. It is very insome sacred stream.
convenient, as we can scarcely turn Now the missionary adapts his ourselves, and especially as there is modes of labour to these peculiari now no road on which we can walk, ties. His work is not Sunday work. so that we get quite stiff by the time He more often stays at home on that | we go to the bazaar. sacred day, and spends it in the “ Sept. 5th.—Early · we found a midst of the native Christian com- school at Bohor, and had a long con. versation with three baboos, one an | transmigration, which the moonsiff English teacher, the other a Bengali, defended. I again turned to the and the third being postmaster. Koran, taking an instance which They were Brahmos, but had not | quite shocked him. I asked, 'Is courage to avow their sentiments the Mahomedan to believe it because amongst the many people by whom the Koran teaches it?' He said he they were surrounded. And yet when did not know. I then said, 'Let us they come to Dacca, they talk of their hear what our Bible teaches, and see religion as the one that is to become whether there are such appalling the religion of the world. Our chief | things that nobody can believe.' subject was the Trinity and the re They now listened to a brief statesurrection of the dead, both of which ment with much attention, especially they deny. I several times in one | when I turned to the spread of the way or other stated what the whole gospel. The moonsiff said they would belief of our Bible is. During the spread their religion if they had as day we preached in the market for much money as the English. It was about two hours, to a large crowd of | night when we left. They did not people, and were heard very well. buy books as they are against all inRam Charun entered into all the de novations. They would not listen tail of Hinduism and our religion; | to Ram Charun, having an idea that his speech was very spicy. I, after all our people are low caste. him, spoke of the brevity of life, our “Sept. 6th.–Arriving at Sojun, we sinfulness, the coming judgment for at once went into town, and I had all, our need of a true Saviour, and some conversation with à Sanskrit urged upon them repentance and be pundit, who had some eight little lief in Jesus. We sold a good many | boys to teach them Sanskrit. We tracts and Scriptures. In returning then returned to the boat for dinner. to the town we wanted to go to the About three o'clock went to the moonsiff, who is a kind of judge, but market, found a beautiful spot for he just stepped into his boat to go preaching, and a large congregation to his house, so we followed him. for about two hours. It was very He had perceived our intention. Ar touching to see so many listen with riving at his house, he sent his ser great attention, and yet to know that vant to say that he had much to they were all stone idolators. They suffer from headache, to which I re acknowledged that probably all we plied that I was sorry to hear it, I said might be true. We disposed of would call another time. At a little many books by sale. Afterwards I distance, not more than twenty wanted to take a walk for relaxation, yards, lived a baboo, an officer in as I had found a road, but some the judge of small causes court. I baboos came, conversation began at once went to his house; he re again, we stood here some time, ceived us very kindly, and before we walked a few steps and talked again were seated, the moonsiff came. A until it was night, when they accomfew words of reference to his indis panied me to the boat, remaining unposition, and we were all settled. I til nine o'clock. I cannot tell how asked the native gentlemen what exhausted I felt. Some tea and a the difference was between Sudder night's rest took it all away.” Ameen, judge of the small causes, In this way the missionary sows and the moonsiff. After a little while the seed of God's word by all the subject was directed to the diffe waters, nor can we doubt with the rent religions, and as they were all Divine promise in our hands, that it Hindoos, I proved by the Koran that will surely be found, even if after all religions could not be right, only | many days. one could be. We then turned to
NEWS OF THE CHURCHES. WE said, last month, that the con- | expressive in some measure of their tributions received towards the liqui- | affectionate regard for their excellent dation of the debt of the Baptist pastor. Missionary Society had reached £1,200. We ought to have said, though the mistake was the printer's,
A new chapel has been opened at not ours,-£4,200.
Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, for the
ministry of the Rev. C. L. Gordon. We have a gratifying instance of Christian liberality to record. Mr. The Rev. J. J. Irving has been Spurgeon, on a recent Thursday | cordially recognised as the pastor evening, on his arrival home from of the church in the Corn Exhis usual week-day service, found change, Melton Mowbray. - The on his table an envelope, enclosed in Rev. R. J. Mesquitta has been which were bank-notes, to the amount recognised as the pastor of the of £2,000-£1,000 for the Pastor's church in the Assembly Rooms, College, and £1,000 for the Stock High Street, Kensington.—The Rev. well Orphanage. The generous donor J. M. Ryland, late of Colne, has been sent it anonymously. The note recognised as the pastor of the which attended this munificent gift church at Woodstock, Oxon.---The proves it to be from the same per-| Rev. S. Wilkins, late of Haverfordson who gave £1,000 to the Orphan west College, has been recognised as age a few weeks ago. This unknown the pastor of the church at Llanrwst, friend is quite a stranger to Mr. Denbighshire.—The Rev. 0. John, Spurgeon, but not to his printed late of Haverfordwest College, has sermons.
been recognised as the pastor of the
church at Treuddyn, Flintshire.The“Spurgeon Testimonial Fund"
The Rev. J. M. Bergin, late of Re(for the Stockwell Orphanage) is to
gent's-park College, has been recogbe closed early in April. At the
nised as the pastor of the second time we write, about £100 is required
church at Chippenham, Wilts. to complete the Houses, to say nothing of the “Sustentation Fund.”
The following are the MINISTERIAL
CHANGES since our last issue :-The Monday, the 2nd ult., being the Rev. C. White, of Merthyr Tydfil, thirtieth anniversary of the re-con to Providence Chapel, Dudley; the stitution of the church under the Rev. W. Davis, of Merthyr Tydfil, pastorate of the Rev. C. M. Birrell, to Pembroke Dock; the Rev. J. A. Liverpool, a large meeting of his Morris, of Haverfordwest College, to hearers assembled on the evening of Cefnmawr, Denbighshire; the Rev. that day, in the lecture-room of J. B. Brasted, of Tetbury, to PresPembroke Chapel, for special prayer teign, Radnorshire. The Rev. J. and thanksgiving. In the course of Harper has resigned the pastorate the engagements one of the senior of the church in Union Chapel, deacons offered some seasonable re Lynn. The Rev. H. C. Leonard, marks, and then, on behalf of the M.A., has accepted a unanimous inchurch and congregation, presented vitation to return to the pastorate of Mr. Birrell with a sum exceeding the Baptist Church at Boxmoor, re£160, the prompt and unsolicited signed through illness in 1865, and contributions of a united flock, and has entered on his ministry.
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