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“My little children have been very anxious about the Birds' Nest. The second little girl has prayed to God over every letter she has sent out, and she has got the most. Only to-day she got 10s., and her sister 11. ls. I do hope all your wants will be supplied by Him whose is the silver and the gold. Nothing is too hard for Him. I believe that if we had faith, we could do all things. And we should use the faith He gives us, in order that it may grow stronger.
friends at Grosvenor House have done wonders. In spring they held a bazaar, expecting to realize 51. for the Nest; but to their surprise they got 161. 178. This they sent, hoping it would be spent on something special. I calculated that this money would buy suits of clothes for all the boys in the Boys' School, and they would want them very much by October; so I bought the tweed, and a kind friend cut out the clothes, and got them made while I was away resting. And the first week in October each of the forty boys put on a comfortable, warm suit ; and then they wrote a letter of thanks, signing all their names. The trousers are getting patched now, for tweed won't last for
ever--still they will last another three months.
The Waterloo-road Association has changed its name, for it has helpers in many places, so I have called them “ Crumb Gatherers.” Some of them are little mites of children five and six years old, and some of them are kind young ladies, who far away held a bazaar, and realized 801.
One of our new Associations is in Australia. The Secretary is an old friend of the Nestlings, and so is his wife, whom some of the older ones remember with affection.
We have an Association in India, too ; but as they did not send any name to be called I had to put the Indian collectors amongst the others.
We have another Association in Canada, as well as collectors in New Zealand, Capetown, and Portugal. Our Children's Association is like a banyan-tree, spreading out its arms and taking root, and providing shelter and home for many-not birds of the air—but poor little nestlings, who sorely need all the love and shelter they can get.
( To be continued.)
LONDON: WILLIAM MACINTOSH,
24, Paternoster-row, E.C.
APRIL 1, 1869.
THE STORY OF THE NEST FOR 1868.
(Continued from page 48.) We have had some times of trouble in the past year. One was the breaking out of sore heads. There were between thirty and forty wanting medical care ; but we altered the food regulations, giving more milk and meat, and by degrees the sores went away.
It costs a good deal more money, but we must try and have the children as strong and healthy as possible.
I thought we should have closed the year without having to record one death ; but a fortnight ago a little boy took fever, and was taken to hospital. He grew worse very rapidly and in ten days died. He was a serious, thoughtful child ; but he could bear no dying testimony of his trust.
Several children have gone out to service this year to different places; one little boy to Liverpool, a girl to the south of Ireland. She was very small to go out, but it was to a Christian home, and her mistress is greatly pleased with her.
Another went yesterday to be underhousemaid. And another went in spring to be schoolroom-maid in a large household.
We have lost children in other ways. Three little girls who had been with us some time, and had learned to know and love Jesus, were taken away by relatives, Roman Catholics. They were broken-hearted about going, but I think God may have led them back amongst Romanists, that they may be missionaries to them.
Pray that their light may shine in the darkness, that they may lead many to Him who is "the light of life. * * *
The Nestlings have lately been very much interested about Spain. You know that our kind friend Mr. Dallas, who was God's instrument in beginning all the Irish Church Mission work, is greatly interested about Spain ; and some time ago brought
two Spaniards to be educated for Missionaries, whenever the way should be opened for them to preach the Gospel. In answer to many prayers, God opened the way
in a wonderful manner. Then some of the converts of Ireland expressed a wish to send a contribution to Mr. Dallas to enable him to go forward. The teachers in the schools told the children about it, and the most wonderful interest was shown all wanted to do something to send Bibles to poor Spain--and some said, “Oh, we must have Mission-schools set up for the children." And then all began to consider what they could give. Some had