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Deliverance, notwithstanding consid erable difficulties with which they had to struggle. It was found necessary to erect a building in which divine service might be held, for in the open air they were exposed to danger from venemous creatures which abound; one evening, while preaching, a serpent entwined itself about the leg of Christian Albrecht, but, happily, left him without doing any injury. In the beginning of March, 1806, they were making bricks for the intended buildng. In the month of May last, this issionary was obliged to visit the Cape to procure necessary provisions, nd expected to return to the settle. ment in June. The brethren were en fully determined on continuing ith the people, should they be able maintain themselves in that spot. hey had laid out a garden, but were oubtful of its success; they were ap ehensive also that the country ould prove too dry and barren for e production of corn, so that they pected to be obliged to live wholly thout bread; but they were in hopes t, from their vicinity to two large ntains, and four smaller ones, they uld be preserved from the effects excessive drought, and enabled to intain their cattle, upon which they st principally depend for subsist. e. Under all these discourage. nts, however, these new missiones, who appear to be entirely deted to the service of Christ, derive mfort from the prospect of usefuls to the poor heathen. They are ry thankful to God for his most meral preservation, when travelling rough the desert, and guiding them
a people who seem willing to reive the gospel. "We have suffer"say they, "very much, during r journey through the barren deserts: t God shews us that he is a hearer the prayers of his servants. We resee that we shall be for sometime want and poverty; but if we exert rselves, and keep up our spirits, we ist the Lord will assist us in procur necessary food. We have upwards three hundred of the Oorlant and iver Hottentots with us, who have w daily an opportunity of being in ructed in the truths of the gospel. appears to us that the heathen here ve a desire to be acquainted with
the word of salvation. Though we suffer poverty, and are in want of all earthly comforts which we could have enjoyed in our native country, yet we are satisfied, if we perceive that our feeble endeavours are blessed from on high. We shall always rejoice, if we can be instrumental of the extension of the kingdom of Christ."
To be continned.
The following Extracts are from No. XVI. of the Periodical Accounts relative to the Baptist Missionary Socieey, published May, 1807, from the Journals of Messrs. Marshman, Ward, and Mardon.
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Aug. 28, 1805. We feel the weight of responsibility attached to our conduct. If we were not to improve to the utmost the advantages we possess for spreading the word, we should sin against God, against the poor heathen, against you, and against the religious public. Situated in one of the best places perhaps in the world for a central missionary station; favour granted us in the eyes of the government; the knowledge of several of the country languages; the means (and trust I may add the desire) of acquiring the rest; a printing press; a good number of native brethren to carry the glad tidings abroad; a body organized, experienced in some degree, and animated I hope with one spirit are these advantages given us for our sakes? Are they not rather given for the sake of the poor heath en, and of the cause of God? If Paul said, Wo is me if I preach not the gospel; surely we may say, Wo unto us if we improve not these privileges for the same end! Should the religious public ever withhold their support from us, (which while we do our duty we cannot believe they will) yet we feel ourselves obliged and inclined to do the utmost in our power. Only send us out helpers, faithful and beloved, and in the strength of God every exertion shall be made on our part. The God who supported an
Elijah, a Franck, and many others who have disinterestedly engaged in his service, and who hath made our way thus far prosperous, that God will surely sustain, and not forsake us.
Among the advantages which I have enumerated is that of a body of native Christian brethren. Of their importance, one instance may give you some idea. A poor husbandman, about forty years old, who can neith. er read nor write, about three years ago, came to us from above seventy miles distance, and inquired about baptised and returned home. There, the way of life. After a while he was telling his artless story, of what be had found," two women were so wrought upon that they came all that distance on foot to bear the gospel, which, when they had done, they also believed and were baptised. One of them was his sister. Some time after a simple Mussulman heard the gospel from him, and imitated their example. Soon after a more respect able Hindoo, who could read and write, heard the word from him, came to us, heard more, and after going home and weighing it, returned and took up his cross. This man's nephew, in a few months, followed his example. Nor did the matter end here. Another poor husbandman heard from the first, and leaving all, came to us, was baptised, and after working some months in our garden, died, leaving a good report. Nor is this the utmost extent of this brother's usefulness. About three months ago he brought two more of his neighbours, who were baptised; and we hear they both walk worthy of the gospel. And even now there are two with us from that part of the country, inquiring the way of life, of neither of whom do we despair. This simple man is our brother SHEETARAM!
A native brother or two can often accompany a European brother even newly arrived; can catch the broken accents from his lips, and explain them with a fervour and clearness that would surprise you: while the mere presence of a European brother protects them from insult, and inspires them with boldness. Nor are they useless when sent alone. Though not so well calculated to
harangue a multitude, yet they can enter private circles, watch opportunities, and drop an effectual word, where we cannot be heard. They, silent and unobserved, can penetrate a bigotted city, stay two or three days in a house, and, unsuspected, scatter the precious seed; while only the appearance of one of us would create universal alarm. I say nothing of the advantages they derive from their intimate knowledge of the ideas, habits, and prejudices of their countrymen. What I have said is quite enough to shew that it is our duty to avail ourselves of their assistance.
It will however strike you, while they are thus employed in disseminating the good seed, they cannot be at home supporting their families. A hundred rupees per month (about 150/. per annum) would nearly support ten of them, with their families, and a greater number of single brethren. And why should we stop at ten, or even at ten times ten? Shall we, after having begun to reap the harvest of our toils, relax in our labours Shall we supinely suffer such opportunities to slide away unimproved? Yes, if the cry of perishing millions is not to be heard; if the religious public be impoverished, and wearied by what they have done already; and if the promises of God have lost their meaning: but if the contrary of these be true, it is for us to abound in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labours will not be in vain in the Lord.
"On coming down this morning from Serampore, I requested the missionaries to send me a few specimens of their labours, whether in the press or in manuscript, to be forwarded to you by the packet which closes this day.
"They have sent me the following: 1. Shanscrit. Two first gospels will be ready by the end of this year. 2. Bengalee. This is a new and most admirable translation of the whole scriptures.
3. Mahratta. The four gospels are printed off.
4. Orissa. A sheet from the
press not corrected. This work is in great forwardness.
"In manuscript: 5. Telinga.
9. Persian. (Book of Psalms is finished.)
"Mr. Professor Lassar has sent me three Chinese specimens, with a letter in the same language, the work of his own head and hand.
"As the above little specimens are the hasty production of this morning, I do not recommend them to severe criticism, but Mr. Lassar is a thorough Chinese, and will do the great work of translating the scriptures into that language, if it pleases God to spare his life five or six years. He reads every thing in the language as readily as you do English, and writes it as rapidly.
"The other manuscript specimens are in a rough state, and not fit to be submitted to critical inspection.
"The Shanscrit and Chinese (apparently the most difficult of access) are discovered to be the most practicable of all the languages yet undertaken.
"The first answers to Greek, as face answers to face in a glass. The translation will be perfect, while it will be almost verbal. A Shanscrit edition of the gospels will be published with the Greek on the opposite page, as soon as we can procure Greek types. You will find the verb in the corresponding mood and tense, the noun and adjective in the corresponding case and gender. The idiom
TIME, A MESSENGER C
THE vicissitudes of da night, and the changes an cession of the seasons, a answer important purpo common life, so are they o use to awaken moral and rel reflections. If time we unvaried in its circumstanc it is silent in its motio would seem to stand still, a should scarcely notice its
Time is in scripture pared to a swift messenger comes charged with mome information. This inform it communicates daily; morning and every evening every change of the seasons with peculiar solemnity one year ends, and a ne commences.
season pay some attention reports.
Time proclaims a God. heavens declare his glory the firmament displays his works. Day unto day speech; night unto night forth knowledge." The o succession of the seasons a liberal productions of the repeat and enforce the san If we dw portant truth. one unvaried scene of the surrounding objects, thou evidence of an existing d might be as decisive to yet it would not be so s and impressive, as it is this variety of objects, wl changes of day and night, mer and winter present is astonishing, that, wh so clearly manifests hir
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