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one of the people. At this last service INFORMATION has been received,
they usually take the subject of the serthough the details are wholly wanting, of
mon they have just heard and talk about a revival at Umvoti, Mr. Goodenough's
it a while. Then after a hymn and a few station, where Mr. Russell and Mr. Wil prayers, they go to their homes. I like cox had been aiding in a series of evan
very much that way of talking over the gelistic meetings. It is said that over 100
sermon. The singing in church distresses persons have expressed a desire to begin
us somewhat, it is often so discordant, the Christian life and that there is a
but we hope to cure that in time, with a
little instruction. marked awakening among the Christians.
An organ is much
needed." Mr. Harris reports that a number of persons at Umtwalume are desiring to
East Central African Mission. connect themselves with the church.
FROM KAMBINI. Progress is also noted at Ifafa and Amahlongwa. Mr. Harris expresses the hope MR. AND MRS. OUSLEY reached Kamthat a church may before long be organ bini, September 26, Messrs. Wilcox and ized at Idududu. Mr. and Mrs. Dorward Thompson going on by the same steamer are now alone at Umsunduzi, Mr. Tyler's to look for a site for a new station of the old station, and they find their work very mission in northern Ga zaland. In a letattractive. Mr. Dorward writes :
ter from Miss Jones, of Kambini, she says: “I enjoy preaching to these people “We have had a good school during here as I think I never enjoyed preaching the whole term, with forty-eight enrolled in America. For one thing, they are scholars, thirty-four of them living in the attentive listeners. I feel that I have • Home.' Twenty-eight of these were their ears. They manifest interest, and here nearly all the term. So you can some truth, we may be sure, will be only imagine how busy I was kept in caught and held. Often they will speak of managing, clothing, and boarding so many something that was in a sermon a week children. But I could not turn any away or more after it was uttered. Then they when they came and asked to stay here are so ignorant so very needy - and to study. There were ten girls among some seem to be really hungering and the number. Every child had just a little thirsting for the bread and water of life more than nature's dress on, and my consciously hungry and thirsty. I see hands
grew tired trying to provide cloththat in the eager faces that lean forward ing for so many. But it was a great to listen while I speak. That is inspira- pleasure to feel that the good Lord placed tion enough for any one. To me there so many children in my hands to be is something lovable about the people in taught of Him and of His love to all the spite of their dark skin and darker ways. children of men. There is something very attractive about “I have had splendid health all the the Christian native, especially of the while, and I have not lost a single hour riper sort.
from my work on account of illness since Many of the people here come a long Mr. and Mrs. Ousley left for America. It way to church, and I find it has been the is such a comfort to teach these children! custom to have the Sunday services one They have been very kind to each other after the other with only a brief interval be and obedient to the rules and regulations tween each, say fifteen or twenty minutes. of the · Kambini Home.' First comes Sabbath-school, then preach Twenty-one of the boarders remain ing service, then a service conducted by here during the vacation. As they did
not wish to go home, I would not compel finds that the native young men are making them. They do the same amount of much progress in the art of building, and work, and then play. I took the girls' are now able to relieve the missionaries house for a dining-room for all. The from much burdensome work. Smallpox children and I built a shed to cook under, had been prevailing at Bailundu, and the and put the girls in my kitchen to sleep. work of vaccinating not only members of I am anxiously looking forward to the the mission but the natives has been time when we shall have a boarding going on. Mr. Stover writes : school here. We have the children, and “ Mrs. Stover took some virus and went now we want a building for them. May to the village a day or two ago and vacciwe not have it before the close of 1892? nated about thirty children. The small
My Zulu assistants have given me pox is all about us, but has not appeared valuable aid during the term. I do not at Chilume as yet. Substantially all of know what I would have done without the adults have had it, and all children them, for we have all been quite busy. over ten years of age. So we hope by
“ The young Christians who were bap vaccinating all under that age to escape tized by Mr. Wilcox are walking in the the scourge here. Nearly all of the men right direction and are earnestly trying and boys of the village are gone, and to trust the Lord. We have organized many of our own lads have been absent, a Y. P. S. C. E. and a Temperance but still my smallest congregation on Society combined, with the name of Sabbath morning has numbered • Band of Hope of Kambini.' We hold sixty. The village work has been broken a service every Sabbath afternoon. We up more or less, however. take the pledge and wear a badge of blue “One boy has just come here from the and white ribbons. We have also a sun group of villages to which Moses and rise prayer-meeting Sabbath mornings, Joseph are going, who says he has come which all are invited to attend, but it is to learn to read, which means that he is not compulsory. It is well attended, interested in the truth which he has almost every one being in his or her place heard. And he is staying on in spite of at the appointed hour. We begin early the fact that we have not much work to and close soon after sunrise. There is also give him just now. Two other boys have a noon service on the Sabbath, quite well come from Nunda's village, about fifteen attended by the people. I try to speak to miles distant, making nine in all from the them as well as I can. There is an same family. Nunda's elder brother earnest Christian spirit among the young (cousin) complains that there are only two people, and several have risen for prayers boys left in their family at home. Nunda lately. They are beginning to select said in reply, “I would not care if the some one of their own number to lead the whole village came here and built.' Endeavor meetings. But I am always These last two boys have been called present to direct them."
home once, but they ran away and came back again. Nunda's uncle called here
one Sunday, as he was passing, and West Central African Hission.
Nunda entertained him by telling him FROM BAILUNDU.
Bible stories and showing him pictures. A MAIL reached Boston from this mis His uncle asked if those were the words sion December 1. We are sorry to report they were taught in school (church). that on account of protracted ill-health Nunda told him yes, and invited him Mr. Cotton, who seems unable to en to the afternoon service. He said, “May dure the high altitude of the stations of be if I go in I shall get caught too, like the mission, is obliged to plan to leave the rest of you.? Upon being assured for America. The work at Bailundu is that he would be perfectly free to come in prosperous condition. Mr. Woodside out when he chose, he ventured in and
stayed through the service, and greatly increased, and their purse-strings pressed himself as highly pleased by what opened widely for the assisting of this he heard, but, like many others, thought glorious work." he was too old to begin to live up to the truth."
European Turkey Mission. We reported last month that Mr. and
OUT-STATIONS OF PHILIPPOPOLIS. Mrs. Lee reached Chisamba August 20. Their journey from the coast inland was
MR. LOCKE, of Philippopolis, reports a very comfortable. Mr. Lee writes :
visit he had made with his wife at some “ From Bailundu to Chisamba took up a nine or ten places, having been gone from week, traveling by easy stages. We had his station a little over three weeks. several African thunderstorms during that
Under date of November 4, he says: time, but being well equipped for such “We spent our first Sabbath in Hasemergencies, did not suffer from them, kano, where we have now a licensed terrific though they were. Our arrival at preacher. The work seems to be prosChisamba was a real ovation, by Mr.
the church, which numbered Currie, his boys, and Chisambites, and twenty-five at its organization, two or as we were both in the best of health and three
years ago, now numbering forty-five, spirits we much enjoyed it. It made us The church building has become too feel that not only were we glad to have
small, and had just been enlarged by arrived safely at our African home, but pushing out an end, so as now to accomalso that our arrival was hailed with de modate 150 to 180. The cost of enlargelight by all interested. I should have said ment has been borne by the friends themthat in addition to taking a good supply selves. We next crossed the river Maof wholesome food from Benguella, we ritsa and spent two nights in Merichleri. were unusually fortunate in being able to Here a parsonage has been erected and buy plenty of chickens, eggs, sweet pota partly finished. It is to serve for the toes, and bananas on the road. At Oci preacher, having a room for a teacher or peta the chief presented us, on our visiting Bible-woman, and a room which we mishis ombala (head village), with a fine sionaries can feel free to occupy when we goat, so that ourselves and men might visit the place. The new parsonage may have a feast of fresh meat.
serve as a model for other buildings. It “I wish I could give you some idea of has already been copied by one man in the changes wrought in this station during the village, who has put a board floor into my absence, but to do justice to that sub his house. ject will require another letter. All I can · Our second Sabbath was spent in now say is that, though I expected great Yamboul, having an audience of 150. improvement and progress and had heard We spent four or five days here, going for reports of much that had been done, I a day and two nights out to the village of had no idea that I should find such grand Kayaluderi. We then went to Sliven, signs of thorough progress as I have wit where we spent our third Sabbath, and nessed. I could not have believed it thence returned home via Yeni, Zagora, possible for one man to have accomplished Eski Zagora, and Kosanluk. Several of what Mr. Currie has succeeded in doing. the places had never been visited by Mrs. If our friends at home could only see with Locke. their own eyes the progress made in build “It was a busy time for the men, whom ing, draining, gardening, in the school I found mostly at their shops, or in meetand evangelistic work, and in the large ing tent. My wife had opportunity to visit medical work, their hearts would go up to some eighty homes. We were well reGod in joyful praise and thankfulness, ceived and entertained, and had abundant their appreciation of Mr. Currie would be opportunity to see how the gospel opens.
the hearts and homes of people. We saw appearance of simplicity, comfort, beauty, in one or more places a plenty of cold and exquisite taste. shoulders because we are what we are. “The pastor and brethren deserve the
“I saw once more how strong are the greatest credit for the work they have so influences of a Christian education and well accomplished. It was a work of home training. I saw it in the sad lapse sacrifice and love. Almost all the work of some who had been in our school for was done by the brethren, among whom from nine to eleven years, who on going are some first-class tradesmen. By doing home had married, left off their Protest the work themselves they were able to antism, and assumed their former place economize and by laboring fourteen and and position as orthodox or nothingarians, sixteen hours a day they rapidly pushed on and so seemed to be not only lost, but the work to completion. They have given silent (if such a thing were possible) op nobly of their means, yet have made proposers of the work. To fall in with the vision for friends to participate in the popular current is one thing, but to be privilege of having some part in the erecrooted and grounded,'that is quite another. tion of so useful and needful a building. It seems marvelous how one can live and A debt of a few hundred dollars rests on apparently stand like a rock for years; be the church, and any gifts toward the an active, aggressive worker in Christian liquidating of this debt will be most service, and then go and marry a man of gratefully received. This debt is espethe world, cut one's self off from one's cially felt on account of their recent former course of life, and so live! It irreparable loss in the death of Dr. Conseems like a living death."
stantine, who, had he lived, would doubtless have found means of clearing away the debt."
At the dedication of the church, held UWestern Turkey Mission.
on Sunday, the seating capacity of the
church was taxed to the utmost. Mr. THE GREEK CHURCH AT MANISA.
Brooks, of Constantinople, who years ago MR. McNAUGHTON gives an account of had labored long in Manisa, gave the the dedication, on October 18, of the new principal dedicatory address, followed by church edifice at Manisa, erected by the others, including some native Greeks. Greek Alliance. Of this building Mr. The Lord's Supper, which was observed McNaughton says:
at the twilight hour, closed what Mr. “The old mission property, at Manisa, McNaughton describes as an exceedingly was divided last year to more conven profitable and pleasant day that none of iently meet the needs of both Greeks and us shall ever forget.” Mr. McNaughton Armenians. Since the change was ef
refers to the severe blow which has befected we have had harmony and peace
fallen the Greek Alliance in the death of and a fair degree of coöperation. At the Dr. Constantine. It is hard to see how time of the division the Greek Alliance his place can be filled. promised to build a chapel, and nobly have they fulfilled their promise. With
Hadura Mission. out even the inspiring presence and counsel of Dr. Constantine, who was then
WANT. - A NEW SECTION EXPLORED. lying ill, the pastor and brethren went to MR. HAZEN, of Mana-Madura, sends work in the most commendable way, and an interesting account of what has been built an exceedingly pretty little church. done in his district by catechists and
“From an architectural standpoint it teachers, and of the pressure that is upon is simple, being a rectangular building. them on account of the high prices of Its dimensions are 50 by 30 feet. The food. Since his letter was written, as we whole edifice and surroundings present an learn from other sources, abundant rain
has fallen throughout the Madura district, are needed. We need men full of faith and though high prices still prevail, there and the Holy Ghost, who have a passion is no fear of a famine. Mr. Hazen says: for souls; but such are as rare here as at “Our catechists and teachers are hav
Oh, for more consecration, more ing a hard time to live on account of the faith, and more wrestling prayer!” high prices of grain. Many are in debt and are appealing to us for help. “In some parts of India rain has fallen,
North China Mission. but in Madura district only a few showers
THE TUNG-CHO SCHOOL. - in Mana-Madura absolutely none, so
DR. SHEFFIELD, who has just returned that the land everywhere looks as if it
to China, wrote October 1:had been burned over. Wherever I go
“ I reached Tung-cho on Friday evenmy eye is met by immense stretches of
ng, and found over fifty students already sand. Many wells are dry, so that whole
arrived, ready to enter school the followvillages have to go one and two miles
ing Monday. I had to begin at once to daily for water.
make provision for them. I have been As the people have no work and con
obliged to enlarge the schoolroom to sequently are idle in their villages, we have found it a splendid time for itinerary
give greater seating capacity, and also the
dining-room. The theological rooms are work. All have plenty of time to hear,
brought into use for the winter, as we are and they listen well. We have done more
not to have a class the present year. If I itinerary work than in any previous year.
had been on the ground, I should have I have been able to do lately what I have
urged the brethren at the different stalong desired, namely, to explore the vast
tions to trim very closely in sending up unoccupied territory north of Mana-Ma
boys to the school, on account of our very dura and east of Melur. The catechists
limited accommodations, but it is imporof both stations met at a central point and
tant to have material to work upon if we we had a grand time, putting in fourteen days of hard work. We found the whole
contemplate enlarging the school. The
most of the boys and young men are of territory forty miles east from our station and forty miles north from the other (the good promise. The advanced class con
sists of six pupils. Mr. Goodrich teaches two being twenty-seven miles apart) thickly
them in evidences of Christianity and in dotted with villages everywhere, some of
trigonometry. I have one class in mental them with five, ten, fifteen, and twenty
philosophy and another in international thousand inhabitants, and yet not a single
law. These young men will be pretty catechist or teacher in the whole region.
well fitted for the Theological School the It made my heart ache to think of such
coming year.” destitution. I have called for volunteers to go and occupy the land. As yet only OUT-STATIONS OF PAO-TING-FU. one has responded.
Miss Morrill wrote from Pao-ting-fu, “ The work is attended with some September 14: difficulties. In the first place, it is far ** Some of my most interesting work away from all Christians. It is a lonely this summer has been in the court of one place for a Christian to live in. In times of our church members. Mrs. Li is not of sickness he gets no help from the at all quick to learn, but she has a warm heathen. In the second place, the people heart for the truth and is a growing Chrisare rich and bigoted and do not take tian. She feels very anxious to do somekindly to the gospel. As in our Saviour's thing for the children around her, for she time, so now, to the poor is the gospel can get neither them nor their mothers to especially welcome.
come regularly to meeting. So she has “In occupying such destitute regions bought a copy of the Catechism, which wise, discreet, hard-working, godly men she can read herself, and a copy of the