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approval of the Missionary brethren, by whom Mr. Jansen is held in deserved esteem for his exemplary Christian character, and long and valuable services, he was solemnly set apart to the work of the ministry at Mission Chapel, New Amsterdam, on the 4th May ult. The following brief account of the interesting proceedings on the occasion is extracted from the Berbice Gazette of the 5th of the same month :
“An ordination was held in Mission Chapel, Roome, and the service closed by the congrein this town, yesterday forenoon, when Mr. gation singing the Gloria Patri. Alexander Jansen was admitted and received Mr. Jansen is the first native of this into the church as a minister of the gospel. county who has been called to the office of To say that the attendance was numerous, the Christian ministry; and if a life of uniwould convey no idea of the congregation form piety and Christian labours, the most assembled. The reader will best understand unassuming manners, spotless character, and their amount by the statement of the fact, usefulness in the church, entitle any one to that that large building was crowded, not that high station, it is a general opinion that withstanding the heavy rain that fell all the no one can be found more deserving of it. morning up to the hour of service.
The deep interest exhibited by the congrega“ The sermon was preached by the Rev. tion, consisting not only of members of his G. Pettigrew, from the 2nd Corinthians, 4th church, but also of persons of every denominachapter, 7th verse:— Bnt we have this trea tion of Christians, denoted the esteem and sure in earthen vessels,' in a most impressive, respect in which he is held. Every serious full, and eloquent manner. The dedicatory mind seemed carried along with him in his prayer was offered up by the Rev. D. Kenyon, lucid and affecting answers to the questions after the questions had been put by the Rev. put to him by Mr. Bowrey, and a heurty J. Bowrey. The charge was then solemnly ‘Amen’ responded from every heart at the and faithfully delivered by the Rev. J. invocation of every blessing for him."
OVERTHROW OF IDOLATRY AT MANAIKI. Our Missionary brethren at Rarotonga had for a considerable time endeavoured to obtain access to a neighbouring group of heathen islands, but, owing to the savage character of the inhabitants, and other obstacles, the effort, until recently, proved unavailing. At length, however, in the good providence of God, a way has been opened for the introduction of the gospel at one of these islands - Manaiki—where, through the instrumentality of Rarotongan teachers, the entire population have been led to abandon idolatry, and to place themselves under Christian instruction. To these interesting events the following letter chiefly has reference; but it contains also incidental notices of the state and progress of the good work in the field of labour occupied by the writer. Under date Rarotonga, 11th Nov. ult., Mr. Pitman observes :
By the John Williams you received the to them the gospel of Christ. One of intelligence of the landing of two native the above young men is from the church teachers, messengers of peace, on Manaiki, herc; and it affords me much pleasure to conone of à neighbouring group of Islands. vey to you the information, that last week I It was no small source of joy to us, after received from him three letters, dated August so many years' fruitless attempts to convey and October, 1849, and August, 1850, in
which he states that the natives have re the spiritual good of the people, but we look nounced idolatry, and burnt their gods; that up to the Head of the Church for the outat present they are all under instruction, both pouring of the Holy Spirit upon the labours adults and children, and have already made of our brethren, and that he would cause his considerable progress. One of our catechisms own Word to "run and be glorified' from has been committed to memory. A place of island to island, till all the groups in the worship has been erected, and the gospel of wide Pacific be brought to a saving knowChrist preached to them, and the Sabbath ledge of Christ and him crucified. I fear regarded. His last letter informs us, that he also that the Catholics, whose eyes and ears and all the people, owing to scarcity of pro are wide open, would gladly catch at such visions, had gone to the Island of Rakaanga, portions and prospects as these present. At about forty-five miles distant, called also our next meeting we shall talk over the subFrancis or Alexander Island, in which voyage ject, and make such arrangements as expeseveral were lost.
dient, by the time the John Williams returns “ The chiefs of that island did not readily from England. give up their gods, but at length yielded, Through the goodness and mercy of our through the representations of those chiefs good Master, we are still permitted to labour who had embraced Christianity, and where for him, but not without meeting much oppoalso the standard of the cross is erected, and sition from our old enemy, who in various the way of salvation through Christ made ways strives to draw off the affections of the known to these long-neglected and perishing people from Christ and heaven. Many people. All glory to God! the set time to among us, I fear, have a form of godliness favour them is come. May the Spirit's influ only. We do not perceive that growth in ence be abundantly poured out upon them ! grace and holiness we could desire, nor that and soon, very soon, may you be gratified to love to Divine ordinances which so cheered hear that no small number have cordially our spirits in former days. Of some 'we embraced the gospel, from a pure principle of stand in doubt, but in many we hope the love to Christ, whose precious name and great root of the matter' is found. About two salvation are now made known to them ! months ago, I had the pleasure of receiving
“ Thus, dear sir, you will perceive the twenty members into church-fellowship, here further manifestations of God's love to us, in and from the out-station. May they receive crowning our efforts with success, and the grace to be faithful! encouragement given to persevere in our " Death still thins our numbers, but not to
work of faith and labour of love' in this the extent of former years. Our youth are extensive ocean. We shall not rest satisfied still anxious to go to sea, and other lands, and till we reach the groups of islands beyond, all the persuasions of their best friends have yet un visited by Christian teachers, and do no effect, although we continually hear of the hope that no restrictions will be laid on us to death of many who have preceded them. prevent our sending to them also the bread
“ Our poor people did, as usual, their very and water of life. Tongareva (Penrhyn's best in their subscriptions to the Society. Island), with its thickly-populated islets; also We lately sold their arrowroot for this year Tuanaki, to the south of us, we are very to “Hort Brothers,' at Tahiti, for two hundred anxious should be visited with the soul and ten dollars, belonging to Ngatangiia, to cheering rays of the Sun of righteousness. be paid into the hands of Mr. Howe, Tahiti,
“ Tairi, our native brother at Manaiki, en and forwarded to the Parent Society by him. treats the earnest prayers of the churches on It was truly gratifying to see parents bring. their behalf, that the Word of God may take ing their little parcels with the children in deep root, and bring forth fruit.
saying, this is for "I would just mention that the above for ; write down their names in your islands are very low, and abounding in cocoa book, it being their little · all.' nuts and pearl-shell, which will be a great " We lately paid two visits to our outinducement to the merchants of Tahiti, &c., station, and were much pleased to see the good to send their vessels for oil and shells, as work prospering there. Our good Brother Iro soon as known. This will not tend to is doing his best for their spiritual benefit."
MISSION SEMINARY. AMONG the most approved means for promoting the spread of the gospel throughout the heathen world, none have of late received greater attention, or been followed by more signal benefits, than the systematic training of Native Agents. In the various groups of Polynesia, as else. where, Institutions for this express purpose have, for some years past, been in active operation. The Samoan Mission Seminary, situated at Malua, on the Island of Upolu, under the joint superintendence of the Rev. Messrs. Hardie and Turner, has, under the Divine blessing, in an especial manner realized the advantages proposed by its establishment, and holds out the promise of still more extended usefulness in future years,
The following communication, transmitted by Messrs. Hardie and Turner, under date September ult., illustrative of the state and progress of their work, will, we are persuaded, be perused with interest and satisfaction:
" It will be gratifying to the Directors, and ground, and in the plantations, obliged us, all who are interested in our Mission Semi for a time, to give up our classes. It is cause nary, to know that it has passed through of much thankfulness that our Institution another very trying year to our Mission, with did not suffer more serious injury. Our a very encouraging degree of prosperity. school-house has been repaired, and the The hostilities which, without any prospect teachers' houses are again in a comfortable of agreement between the contending parties, condition. But the scarcity caused by the have now for more than three years been so storm, and the subsequent devastation made serious a hindrance to our work on this by caterpillars, still oblige us to abridge the island, still continue. But, amid all their number of our classes, to allow the scholars attendant evils, nothing has happened during more time for seeking food at a distance, and the year to put a stop to our labours in the for fishing. We hope, however, in a month Institution, or to draw any one connected or two to have no more interruptions from with it into collision, in any way,
For what we have been enabled engaged in the war. Had the war ceased, to effect, notwithstanding all these adverse and the people returned to their lands, we occurrences, we feel very thankful to God, as might have been able to relieve those in the well as for the present encouraging state of Seminary from much of the labour connected our Seminary. with house-building which we have been, and During the year, two have been dismissed are now, obliged to devolve upon them, and from, and one has left, the teachers' class, for also have made much greater progress in the improper conduct; three have been appointed erection of proper houses for their accommo to stations in Samoa, and one has died: but dation. But the chief cause of interruption seven have also been admitted to the teachers' to our work in the Institution, was the severe class, which makes the number now in the storm with which we were visited on the 5th class thirty-one. A few of these are preof April, which destroyed some of the teach paring for labour on heathen islands to westers' houses, broke and forced in part of the ward. roof and walls of our new school-house, and “ From the High School one has been exmade great havoc among the bread-fruit cluded for improper conduct; one has retrees, and in the plantations; from the effects turned to his family, having completed the of which they have not yet recovered. The period for instruction ; and one has died. labour thus occasioned in the repairing and Fourteen have been admitted, eleven of whom erection of houses, and in clearing off the are children of teachers now in the Institu
tion. The total of those now in the school teachers' class from the High School, and it is twenty-five.
is very gratifying to be able now to report " If to the above be added the wives of those that this year four more have become cannow in the Seminary, twenty-two in number, didates for church-membership, and promise, and forty-five children, besides those who are if spared, to be useful teachers. admitted to classes in the High School, they “We have for some time occupied our ner will make a total of one hundred and twenty- class-room, referred to in our last report as three connected with the Institution.
being nearly completed. It is a very sub“ The course of instruction has been the stantial, commodious, and excellent building, same as that stated in previous reports. The and a great acquisition and advantage to the progress of the scholars in their studies, and Institution. Since it was completed, we have their behaviour generally, with very few ex- erected three substantial houses for the teacbceptions, have been very creditable and en- ers, but have been obliged, for the present, to couraging
close them in with bamboos, as we are unable, “ Classes have been held with the teachers' on account of the state of things occasioned wives, for reading, writing, arithmetic, needle- by the war, to get stone walls built for them. work, and Biblical instruction ; and the These are good houses, thirty-one feet long younger children who are sufficiently old for by sixteen feet wide, and so constructed as it, have been instructed in a daily school to let each teacher and family have separate conducted by the teachers in the Seminary. rooms. We wish them to be models, that the
“This year three have been taken from our teachers may learn from them, and wherever number by death:-one, whom we were train- they may be stationed set an example to the ing to teach his countrymen, but whom it people of constructing their houses so as to has pleased the great Head of the church to have proper private apartments. We intend remove, as we trust, to serve in the upper to add to these houses others of the same desanctuary, having seen fit to dispense with scription, as fast as we can get workmen, and his labours below. His end was resigned and the means at our disposal will allow, till we peaceful, and his only hope in the merits of have completed the two ranges mentioned in an all-sufficient Redeemer. Another, the wife our last report. of one of the teachers, who before her last “ We are glad that the object of our Instiillness had acted inconsistently with her pro- tution is so much appreciated, and very thankfession, which led to her exclusion from the ful for the pecuniary and other aid which church. Her severe affliction was blessed in has been afforded us. Some contibutions impressing her mind with a deep sense of her have been received since we sent our last sinfulness: she saw and deplored her errors, report, for which we return our grateful and, through faith in the Saviour, died in acknowledgments. We earnestly hope that peace. The third, a boy who left the school our friends will continue to help us, and supsome time ago ill health, and wont to his ply us with the means sufficient to enable us family on Savaii, in the hope that a change to raise up a numerous and properly qualiof air would be beneficial; but his disease in- fied native agency for Samoa, and to assist in creased and terminated his short course on the evangelization and instruction of other earth. During his rather protracted illness heathen tribes in the Pacific. he paid much attention to spiritual things “ The four Erromangans who were brought and daily attended to private prayer. Ho to Samoa last voyage of the John Williams, died in peace, relying on the merits of the have been with us ever since at the InstituSaviour, and is now, we trust, among the re- tion. The language and customs of Samos deemed in glory. Though he was not per- being so different from theirs, we did not, for mitted to continue long under our instruction, a time, assign them anything to do, bat we have the pleasing hope that we were in treated them kindly, and allowed them, for some degree instrumental in preparing him the most part, to go where and do what they for that bappy state.
chose. They are now getting hold of the " It was our happiness the last and previous Samoan language, and are reconciled to the year to record admissions to the church and customs of the people: indeed, so much $0, that they do not seem to have much desire to return to their own land. They work with the teachers in the plantations, and seem quite at home and happy among them. We have begun to teach them to read and write. They have made but little progress as yet; but we have no doubt they will make much more from this time than it was possible for them to do at first, and will also, we hope, have their minds, in some degree, enlightened and impressed with the great truths of our holy religion, before they are taken back to their own country. They are at present all in good health. Our earnest prayer is, that they will all be spared till the next voyage of the John Williams, when we shall, most likely, see fit to take them back to Erromanga, and with them, if possible, some suitable teachers, to make another attempt to commence missionary labours on that memorable island.
“ The two natives of Savage Island, who
were also brought here last voyage of the John Williams, are in good health, and feel comfortable and happy with us at Malua. They understand things better, and have made more progress in reading and writing, than the Erromangans, the language and customs of their island being much more like those of Samoa than the Erromangan. We have had another young man with us from Savage Island for some years. He is a candidate for church-membership. Though he is not naturally of very bright parts, yet, as far as his knowledge extends, he is very consistent and exemplary in his conduct, and we have every reason to hope that he will become a faithful, steady, and useful Christian. If these three should be spared to return to their own land, they will, no doubt, be instrumental in producing very favourable impressions on the minds of their countrymen, and render valuable assistance to the teachers in their work."
DEPARTURE OF THE “ JOHN WILLIAMS."
A VALEDICTORY service in connexion with this interesting event was held at Finsbury Chapel, on the evening of Thursday, the 10th ult., and the friends who assembled to testify their affectionate solicitude in behalf of the Missionaries, evinced throughout the liveliest interest in the sacred solemnity.
The Rev. E. Mannering commenced the exercises by giving out the 12th Hymn, Missionary Collection. The Rev. J. Adey read the 55th chapter of Isaiah, and part of the 20th chapter of Acts, and then engaged in prayer. The Rev. J. J. Freeman baving, in a brief address, introduced the brethren and sisters to the Meeting, the Rev. D. Darling, of Tahiti, and the Rev. A. Buzacott, of Rarotonga, severally replied, and, by their manner and bearing, no less than by their voluntary act of returning to the field of conflict, manifested their unabated attachment to the service of Christ among the heathen.
Mr. Darling took occasion to describe the abject state in which he found the people of Tahiti when, thirty-five years ago, they were just emerging from heathenism, and the happy contrast which, through the benign influence of Christianity, the island now presented. By the intrusion of a foreign power, the political and civil rights of the island had indeed been compromised, but the Queen Pomare remained faithful to the Missionaries; and so greatly had God prospered their labours, that, notwithstanding the severe trials with which the Mission had been exercised, there were at present twelve native churches and twenty schools in effective operation.
Mr. Buzacott, in his address, took a similar review of the signal and happy change which the island of Rarotonga bad undergone since the commencement of his labours in 1827; mentioning, as a significant fact, that, since the gospel