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Christian community. But their continued Christian did-unwilling to meet death, and ill-treatment, combined with the bitter revil- unprepared for judgment. Ramdas was a ings of the people of his village, forced him to sincere believer, of amiable qualities, and leave his home, and take up his abode with strongly attached to those who taught him the the Missionaries. This was a happy circum- truth of Christ. He was more free, than is stance for him, as he found with us that ordinarily the case with converts, from the quiet of body, and comfort of soul, which he vice of covetousness, and sought with sin. could have found nowhere else.
cerity the "things of Jesus Christ." From the time that he renounced all hopes Never shall we forget this good man. He of worldly things he became especially happy, was greatly beloved by every individual of and strongly attached to the ways of religion. the Mission-family. His course was one of The Bread of God, which came down from great trial and endurance. By the grace of heaven, was his daily food and delight. He God, he has overcome, and has entered into his found Christ to be an all-sufficient portion- rest. The wicked no longer trouble bim. He an infinite compensation for the loss of wife, suffered with Christ-he is also glorified with house, and land. His New Testament was him. His body lies in the English burial-ground his constant companion. On asking him if at Cambay, whither he had gone for medical he feared to die, he said, “Christ has died for advice. We desire to raise a small tombstone us. If we are found in him, we shall never over his ashes, to shew to future generations, perish. He rose again. We shall rise also.” that the Lord Jesus Christ has had his wit.
- This was the language of his hope and faith, nesses in Goojurat as well as in most other but he nevertheless felt at times as Bunyan's countries of the globe,
THE CHRISTIAN VILLAGE IN A HEATHEN LAND. In order to secure a safe asylum for the native believers scattered among the adjoining villages, and preserve them from the contaminating influences of heathen intercourse, as well as to facilitate their regular Christian instruction and promote their mutual comfort and edification, our brethren were induced, in the course of 1847, to attempt the formation of a Christian Village, on the plan adopted with so much success in other parts of India. By the liberality of Christian friends, they have laid the foundation of this plan by the erection of six houses, and the location of five families, at Borsud, a few miles from Dhevan; and, as further contributions may enable them, they will continue to enlarge the Institution until it answers, in extent and benefit, to the original design. Mr. Taylor, jun., in writing to a friend who has taken a deep interest in the project, thus describes the present condition of this rising establishment:
The history of the five families composing perience of the great difficulties they had to the little Christian Settlement formed at contend against, when entirely surrounded Borsud, in connection with the Mahi-Kantha by heathens and cut off from constant interMission, is peculiarly interesting. Two of course with Christian brethren : though they them were formerly Koolies—the rest Pala- held to the truth, their progress was much dars : they have entirely relinquished caste, impeded; and some whom we thought sin. and live together as one people. All the cere, but of whose return we have great men have proved themselves sincere and hope, have been cast down and turned aside earnest Christians. One of the women shews from their course. The advantages of semarks of true piety, and the other women paration are daily becoming more apparent, all appear to be the subjects of real religious and our most sanguine expectations are now feeling, but we cannot speak of them with being realised. We have free and unre. so much confidence. The greater degrada- strained intercourse with them in their houses: tion of their previous state renders it more going in and out at all times, we have oppordifficult to determine regarding the women tunities, which before we sought in vain, of than the men.
knowing our people under all circumstances, The separation of the converts from the both when prepared and unprepared to see natives was not attempted till after long ex- us. They, too, know us better-they have
greater confidence in us, and have freely and ing together aro in some measure removed. gladly given up their children to be educated So that by taking this step, which we were by us, which we could not induce them to do first induced to do merely, as we thought, before.
to avoid a greater evil—that of the converts Both adults and children are separated or their children lapsing gradually into idolfrom the evil influence of daily and hourly atry, we have gained that very point which, beholding the wicked life and hearing the by separating them, we feared we should filthy conversation of the heathen. This is lose, and were willing to lose, in order to a great blessing to them, especially to the keep that which we had. young : all being together, and formed into The people are not, however, yet indeone body, not only have they more confidence pendent, nor can it be expected that they in each other, but they are able to exercise will be for a year or two to come. The land a stronger influence over the heathen. The which they have was formerly Padthar, or fact of their names being enrolled in the public waste-land, but it admits of great improveregister, as Christian Agriculturists of a Chris- ment, and a year's hard work has shewn tian Village, has given them a standing on what may be done. But no agriculture can which they are enabled to maintain an ad- flourish in Goojurat, or afford anything like vantageous position. On becoming Chris- å return, without irrigation : we have no tians, they were excluded from Caste and Well, and we look to our European Christian shut out of doors. They are now being friends and brethren for the means of enrestored again to social intercourse : their abling us to sink one-seven or eight hun. relatives and friends visit them and receive dred rupees (from 701. to 801.) are needed for visits from them; and objections about eat this important purpose.
The Rev. Joseph Taylor, of Belgaum, the father of Mr. Taylor, of Dhevan, visited the Settlement, accompanied by his son, in the month of January last ; and the following account of the village and its inhabitants, written by him to a member of his family at Belgaum, will, we are assured, be read with feelings of lively "interest and devout gratitude. In relating the particulars of his visit, our esteemed brother thus proceeds :
Joseph and I returned from Borsud yeg. As none there could lead the singing, and as terday morning, after spending a most de. I had made myself a little familiar with the lightful and refreshing Sabbath with the dear character and words of the hymn, I led this Christian people residing there. We left part of the service in the best manner I Dhevan about four P. M. on Saturday, reached could. Borsud about seven, and received a hearty The afternoon-service was conducted in welcome from all there. They attended wor one of the fields belonging to the converts, ship the same evening, when Joseph read about two miles from their residence—singand explained to them a portion of Scripture. ing, prayer, and exposition of Scripture.
The Mission has two large tents pitched The evening-service was the same as the under the shade of a beautiful wide-spreading morning and afternoon, with this addition, banyan-tree. There are several other large that three of the men and four of the women trees in the vicinity. The ground where the each engaged in prayer, one after the other, houses for the families are built is very con- of their own accord : the latter especially veniently situated outside the village. The shewed that they were accustomed to the spot is hedged in with trees, and the range exercise, and it was really delightful to hear of houses, six in number, in which the them pouring out their confessions of sin, Christians live, has a very pleasing appear of ignorance, and of weakness, and to listen
It was truly cheering to look on the to their fervent petitions for grace and help. place as appropriated to the people of Christ, The prayers they presented for themselves where His worship is fixed, and His praises as a little body of believers, and for the celebrated.
Church of Christ in general, that it might We had three Services next day-one in increase and be established throughout the the forenoon, with prayer and singing, and world, were very gratifying. reading a portion of Scripture. Joseph asked In the forenoon I accompanied Joseph to me to offer a few words at the conclusion, and see their several habitations; and in the he interpreted what I said in Goojurattee. evening we went and sat down with some of
them in one of their houses, when it was ex. like to send a message, but you can for. ceedingly pleasing to observe the manner in ward it in a letter, and not leave us so which both men and women united in con- soon.” During our meals, they brought or versation. I asked them, at the close of the sent a few things for us which they had evening-service, whether they would not like cooked for themselves, and they all seemed to send a message to the Native Christians so happy, that it rejoiced my heart to be at Belgaum: “Yes,” they said, “we should with them.
NARRATIVES OF NATIVE CONVERTS. WITHIN a very recent period, five native converts have been admitted to the ordinance of baptism at this station, and added to the fellowship of the church. Our Missionary, Mr. Shrieves, through whose labours these new disciples were delivered from the curse of idolatry and guided into the way of peace, received from two of their number the following brief records of the providential course of events by which they were brought under the means of grace and made partakers of the privileges they now enjoy. The younger of the two, in testifying to his experience of the divine mercy, thus speaks :
My parents are both heathens, and I was My conscience answered, “To Hell.” The brought up in the same faith. My father's instructions I had once received now rushed name is Thimapah, and the name of my mo. into my mind, and I thought that this afflic. ther Hobhumma, and they are worshippers tion was sent by God because I slighted the of Ramah. I always accompanied them in Christian Religion. performing pilgrimages to Therapathee, and It pleased the Lord to restore me to my joined them in offering sacrifices to worthless former health ; but, my mind being very much gods, in which, at that time, I felt delight; troubled, I resolved to live again with the rgetting the kind hand which had protected Christians at Cuddapah. Accordingly, leav.
e from infancy-the good Providence that ing my wife, who refused to accompany me, was giving me health, food, and raiment-and I came to live among the Christians, now
ontenting myself with feeding on ashes, in- about eighteen months ago. From that time stead of feeding upon Jesus Christ, the Bread I attended regularly on the means of grace, of Heaven and the Saviour of mankind. In and the Lord directed His servants to shew my heathen state I was not afraid to commit me my wretched condition ; and my convicthe worst of crimes; because I was like a tions were, that, unless I placed my whole person in the dark, who does not know what is trust in Jesus Christ, I should perish eteraround him.
nally. In this state I lived until I attained the age I was now led to pray to the Lord, more of twenty-six, when the Lord graciously di. frequently and fervently, for myself and my rected my steps to the Christian Village at family. Eight months ago, myself and one of Cuddapah. During my stay there I was in- my relations, a member of the church, accomstructed in the truths of Christianity ; but, panied the Catechist Ballchensoo to my vil. like many, I made merely an outward pro. lage, and, after much persuasion, my wife fession; and, after a time, my heart not being consented to return with me. I felt thankful changed, I went back to my heathen parents, to the Lord in thus inclining ber. again found delight in my former wickedness, Feeling desirous to be baptised and adand endeavoured to forget all that I had mitted into church-fellowship, I made known learned when I resided in the Christian Village. my mind to the Pastor, the Rev. Mr. Shrieves,
About two years after this, it pleased the and the members of the church, who, after a Lord to send affliction upon my body, by period of trial and instruction, consented to which I was led to reflect on the state of my receive me into communion with them, and soul, and to inquire within myself, “If I should I was baptised 31st of December, 1848, when die this night, where would my soul go?" I consecrated myself afresh to the Lord.
The second narrative, which is that of a female convert, in whom God hras exceedingly magnified the riches of His grace, runs as follows:
I am an inhabitant of Goorjallah, which with great attention, while they directed me lies fifty miles west of Cuddapah, and was to the Saviour for salvation, and told me that formerly of the Shoodra Caste. My parents the sacrifices I had made to my heathen gods being heathen, I was brought up in Hindoo. would not avail; that Jesus Christ had offered ism. When I attained to years of discretion up Himself a sacrifice once for all; and that I was entirely ignorant of eternal things, be- He would not reject or despise any that came lieving that the gods my parents taught me to Him. to serve were true gods; and that, as I never When I returned home, after hearing these wished to do others any harm, I was sure to truths, my conduct towards my son-in-law and go to heaven when I died. I lived a very daughter, and also the blasphemous language careless life, feeling totally indifferent to my I had used respecting the Christian Religion, eternal welfare, and not even troubling my came afresh to my mind. As I thought on self to be taught anything by my own de. these things I felt sorry that I had thus acted; ceiving Gooroos.
and it pleased God to touch my heart and to When my son-in-law and daughter em. make me feel the burden of my sins. I then braced Christianity, I called them fools and prayed earnestly to the Lord to forgive all abused them. So dark was my mind at that that I had done, for the sake of His beloved time, that I viewed them as outcasts, and Son Jesus Christ; blotting out my sins, makwould not have anything to do with them. ing me a new creature in Him, and adopting After this, my daughter came and told me me as His child. that she intended placing her children in From this time my daughter continued to the Christian School at Cuddapah, which I instruct and encourage me to persevere in greatly opposed; but my daughter being de- following the Lord. As my knowledge intermined, she left the village a few days creased, my desire to serve God became after, accompanied by her children and hus. stronger. I now loved the people of God, and band, and, after placing them in school, hated sin ; and also felt a desire to be baptised, she and her husband returned home, and and admitted to the fellowship of His peofound me greatly enraged at their conduct. ple. When the Rev. John Shrieves visited
After this, it pleased the Lord to send His our village, in August last, I made known my servants to preach the Gospel in our village; desire to him; and, having conversed with me, and, on hearing it, I was led to reflect more he said it would be necessary for me to come seriously upon the conduct of my daughter to Cuddapah, and, after receiving a little more and her husband. I began to think, that instruction in the doctrines of the Gospel, he surely there must be some good in the Chris. would baptise me. I accordingly accomtian Religion, or else my daughter and her panied my daughter and her husband to Cudhusband would not have embraced it. I there. dapah ; and, after receiving instruction, and fore purposed in my mind, that, when any the Pastor and Members of the church being other person should come to preach the Gos- satisfied, I was baptised 31st of December, pel, I would give him an attentive hearing. So and admitted into church-fellowship. when the servants of God came I listened
ENCOURAGING PROSPECTS AT THE LOYALTY ISLANDS.
In continuation of the extracts given in our last number from the journal of Messrs. Turner and Nisbet, we take the following facts as supplying a very interesting view of the state and prospects of our Mission in the Loyalty Islands—an extensive group lying between the New Hebrides and New Caledonia. The preservation of our Teachers in these dark places of the earth ; the fortitude, fidelity, and ardour, with which they have pursued their labours; and the gratifying measure of success by which these have been attended ; clearly attest the presence of Him who
“ruleth among the heathen,” and, by His faithful servants, delights to make “manifest the savour of His knowledge in every place.”
Perils of the Teachers at Lifu. out some family as the cause of the death, On the 9th of August, (write our brethren), through their incantations. When Bula died, we reached Marè, and found our teachers the cry was again raised, “Kill the teachers !" well. The teachers from Lifu were also there, but the Lord protected them. That night having left that island about a year before, another family was blamed, and immediately in consequence of a war which scattered the the whole of them were killed. There were tribes among whom they laboured. Up to eight of them in all. the time of their departure, the schools and services had been kept up and well
Incantations of a Native Priest. attended. They wait at Marè for a favour At Marè our teachers are still labouring. able issue of the war, when they intend to The schools have fallen off, but the services return. The blind Chief Bula died at Lifu are attended by many of the people on the in November, 1846. There are rival claims Sabbath. They have four preaching-stations for the chieftainship, and these not only in the distance, which they supply on that led to the war, but now serve to prolong it. day. Some, we trust, are not far from the
Many of the Chiefs and people of Lifu were kingdom of God, although the people genecutoff by an epidemic towards the end of 1846. rally still mingle with their Christianity their As it broke out soon after the visit of the former rites of heathenism. An old Chief, "John Williams," and the arrival of fresh hearing the teachers always tracing diseases teachers, the latter were blamed as the cause. to Divine and not human agency, sent for a Many determined to kill them, but others noted Priest and engaged him to exert his were raised up in their defence. “Kill them," power and bring disease upon some of the said their enemies, "and there will be an teachers, to see whether Jehovah or the end of the sickness.” “No," was the reply, Priests of Marè were true. The Priest, ac
we are all dead men if we do their God companied by the Chief, went to the bush will avenge their death." “ Then banish with his basket of relics, consisting of bones, them,” said they. “That,” replied their finger-nails, hair, &c., of his forefathers; and, friends, "will also expose us to Divine judg- striking the air with his club, looked to see ments. Let them alone-they have come whether there was blood on his basket-a among us for good, not for evil."
sign that vengeance had gone forth to the
teachers. He beat the air and looked at The Teachers rescued from Death by a Hear his basket until he was tired, but there was then Chief.
no blood. He gave up in despair, and Chief A Chief from the Isle of Pines was then and Priest concluded that Jehovah, the God consulted. His advice was to spare the of the teachers, must be a true God, and a teachers. “We," said he, "once killed the mighty one. The Chief has all along been fateachers on our island, thinking to avert vourable; and since that time the Priest has disease ; but after their death it raged more sent for the teachers to preach regularly in than ever. Spare them !"
While these de- his village. liberations were going on, the teachers were assembled in their own house, spending the
Privations of the Native Evangelists. day in prayer, and preparation for their end.
War prevails at Marè, and hinders the They thought that that day was to be their teachers. Here, too, they have been blamed last. They cast themselves in the arms of for diseases, and their lives have been in Him who they knew had said, “Lo, I am danger. They suffered severely from famine with you always ;” and He delivered them last year, occasioned by drought. For some from impending danger.
time they lived on the bark and leaves of When the Chief Bula died, they were again trees, grass, and roots of bananas. This tried in peril. It is a custom on the death of a Chief, them much, and made them feel like the to impute the event to human agency, and, Israelites in the desert, longing to return on these occasions the friends, like so many to the good things of their Samoan Egypt. avengers of blood, are up in arms, and rest not until they have spread desolation and
Witnesses for the Gospel. death somewhere in the land. Malice is Many of the natives of Lifu and Marè have always at work on these occasions, pointing returned from Sydney. They describe what