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treasured pence, which had been given them by friends, and they were all cheerfully given. One little boy had a halfpenny; he gave it, saying, "It's ALL I have.” Thus you see our children have the pleasure of giving, as well as receiving; and when they hear of Spanish children learning to love Jesus, they will have great pleasure in thinking that they helped to send them the Bible.
Well, now, I think I must tell about the funds, and how wonderfully we have again been provided for. In August and September I was away from home, partly resting, and partly visiting friends to tell them news of the Nest. When I came home in October, I found that the Treasurer had advanced 5001. ! and that still there were three months of the year, and the children must be fed. Things looked very dark indeed on the earth side, but we knew our Father's love was unchanged ; and we thought of the many times He had helped us before, and we could trust Him. I knew there were many friends who would help us in prayer, if they only knew of our need ; and I wrote a letter reminding myself and them of the promises of Jesus, and asking them to pray that we might again close the year out of debt, and that the building-debt might be paid. This letter was lithographed, and three hundred copies sent out. While I was writing the letter, I received by post a letter from a lady I did not know. She enclosed the sum of 131. 9s., saying it was the proceeds of a sale for the building-fund. I thought of the text, “Before they call I will answer,” and I wrote at once to my friends, telling how it was, and how God had used them as His special messengers.
The lady wrote again, sending 21. 2s. more from an unknown friend, and many words of cheer and encouragement.
The letters were sent out the last fortnight in November, and many hearts were stirred.
Writes one: - “I do, indeed, hope you will get all you require. I believe, with you, whatsoever you shall ask the Father in His name, He will give us, My little boy, two and a-quarter years old, about the time your letter came,
began of himself to collect ; he asks every one for a penny a-day for Dicky Birds' Nest. He has already collected 271 pennies.
Writes another :-“ God has never let you want, and never will.”
Writes another :-“ Thank you for your request. May a prayer-hearing and answering God enable you to raise many Ebenezers in this your time of need!”
Writes a little boy :- “I do hope to hear soon that you have had a happy issue out of all your anxieties, for His sake, who is the hearer and answerer of prayer.'
Another friend" We will all pray very earnestly to Jesus, and trust to Him. He is SURE to answer. These and many more came.
And then answers began to come, thick and fast-some from old friends, many from new, who without knowing of our difficulties sent help. And very soon all the debt was paid. And money still came in, and October, and November, and December bills were all paid. And before the Accounts were closed, we
had a store of 1461. 13s. 2 d. to begin the year, besides sparing several sums for the building fund. So wonderfully has prayer been answered. The building money has not all come, but we must wait God's time. We have got in all the bills, and find more due than we thought. The alterations in the house added to the expenses, but it was done as economically as possible, and has been a source of great comfort to the children, and will be more so when some new arrangements are carried out. One difficulty in the new nursery is that all the little ones want to be there at the same time, and they cannot all be amused together.
The money has been sent by our Heavenly Father by many messengers, as the Accounts tell. One dear little girl, only seven years old, had a pony which was so beautiful that it gained a prize of 21. 10s. ; his kind little owner sent it all to the Nest to begin to support a child, and when it is all gone, hopes she will have collected more.
Another little girl sent 58., which was a prize for talking French.
Some little boys who are musical, got up a concert, charging their friends 3d. and 2d. for admission. They made all the music themselves, and sent 78. 4d.
One lady writes :-“ If you have any more of the Birds' Nest Stories, my little goldfinch will be happy to sell them; he is always upon the chimney. piece, and seems to say, “Buy a Book.' It was sent by a greatly afflicted friend, who has been confined to her room seven years, glorifying God by her sweet acquiescence in His will. She is, I feel sure, doing much for you by her prayers.”
One little girl says she gets money by reciting poetry. A little boys says“ One way that we get money for our card is by looking up texts on a given subject. Our grandmamma in Scotland gives us a penny for each text that we find."
Dear little Harry, who once sent a crooked halfpenny, is living still, and saves up his farthings, and very often prays for the Nestlings. His brother Joey is dead ; but Harry knows that he is with Jesus in heaven.