Изображения страниц

heavenly grace. And may we not hope wants and feelings of his family, you should that in answer to these prayers, God pay your minister promptly. will open the windows of heaven and Is your minister paid ? He should be. pour out a blessing upon all lands? His usefulness depends upon it. If he is May we not hope that the shower that not paid, how can he give to the poor, and gathered first in the west, and has to missionary and other benevolent efforts ?

How been steadily progressing eastwards,

can he labour when oppressed with will continue its course till it has visited care, or harrassed with debt, or in constant and refreshed Turkey, India and China? anxiety and perplexity as to the wants of his

family? And how can he do good, when It is at least our duty to pray that it his own reputation suffers, because his enmay be so, and to pray in faith. The

gagements are not promptly met? Reader, sure word of prophecy informs us that if you would help your minister to be useful, one day it will be so; and they who you must pay him. make mention of the Lord should give Do you say this is a worldly view of the him no rest, but entreat that that day subject? Very true; but ministers live in may be now, and that the rain which the world as well as you ; and how can they has begun to fall may be the beginning live without a living ? And how can they of that great Pentecostal shower by labour without it? And how can your miwhich idolatry is to be finally subverted nister live if you do not pay him? over all the earth, and the great spiri

Do not rest till you can say, “ My minis-
tual wildernesses of the world made as ter is paid!”—Montreal Witness.
Eden, and as the garden of the Lord.
--Home and Foreign Record.

It is true that we often take desponding

views of Christianity. It is aggressive, and IS YOUR MINISTER PAID ?

it is progressing. We are indebted to Mr.

Sharon Turner for a collection of statistics, Is your minister paid ? He should be. He showing the advance the Church has made. earns his money. He spent much time in Here is an abstract of his showing: getting an education, and qualifying himself to serve you well. And he labours hard.

There were Christian communicants in Could you spend a single week with him, the witness his cares, his toils and anxieties ;

First century

500,000 could you look into his mind, and see all his mental labours and conflicts; and could you


15,000,000 know how often he retires with a burdened


50,000,000 heart and a weary head to a restless pillow,


100,000,000 you would confess that no man better earns Eighteenth

200,000,000 his money. Is he paid ? Adequately and most promptly paid ?

True, there was one century, during the Is your minister paid ? He should be. madness of the crusades and locking up of It is but justice. He earns his dues. He the Bible, after which there was a decrease. has a right to them. You would not keep But take the past, and you have an advance back your neighbour's wages ; and will you deal more unjustly with the one who la- of 5,000,000 each century, or 146 every bours for your soul? (James v. 4.) It is day. Is there not really something inspiring not charity he asks; he is not a beggar; in such a view ? justice demands for him a fair, and full, and It is stated that actual statistics show, prompt compensation.

that during the last fifty years

the numIs your minister paid ? He should be. His family may suffer if he is not paid; for ber of members in the Evangelical Churches he may not be able to procure for them what in the United States has increased from four they need. Provision and clothing cannot hundred thousand to three millions and a be had without money. He is a man, and he half, being an increase of eight-fold,” while must eat, and drink, and live, as other men do; and so must his family. Even if his so much for the oft-reiterated statement,

our population has increased only four-fold. family may not suffer, yet he himself may suffer much mentally, because not able to that the growth of Evangelical Churches neet his bills as they become due. If you has not kept pace with the growth of the have any regard for his feelings, and for the population.- Western Watchman.


offered up

CHINESE MISSIONARY GLEAN. a proof of the value of Mission Schools in INGS.

India :-“Went to a village, called SumasSWATOW.--Letters have been received poor (about eighty miles to the north-west from Mr. Smith to the 20th of April. The of Calcutta). A number of weavers reside two converts there continue steadfast, and in the village, and make up its principal are making progress in Divine things. Mr.

inhabitants. Bhoyrab Chunder Mukhergea S. had visited the large town of Am-Pow,

(a Pariah man), is a poor, helpless, blind about eight miles from Swatow, three man, a resident of the place. I had an intimes. He was well received the first two He was one of the earliest students of the

terview with him when I visited his school. visits, but was rudely treated the last time, Free Church Institution, and at one time apparently on the ground of his preaching against idolatry. A sailor, lately returned one of its teachers. It appears that he was from that part of China, says, Mr. Smith is employed subsequently in the treasury, but the only white man there, and is respected being deprived of sight. Bereaved of the

that he lost his employment owing to his by the natives. They are a wild, unruly set, and the crew of his ship were not per

means of supporting himself by active emmitted to land. The coolie trade had, for ployment, he has engaged himself in eduthe time, been put a stop to. Mr. Smith cating boys of his native village. I was earnestly entreats that prayer may be put have been extremely gratified to find that he

asked to examine his boys. In doing so I up for the converts, and that others may has bestowed indefatigable pains in teachbe brought in. He writes that he often feels as if there was much

ing; and, as the result, the boys manifest a

prayer at home for the cause of Christ at Swatow. progress that is highly cheering and satis

Pathaupo.—Mr. Jones gave a copy of factory. They answered me with promptthe Scriptures some time ago to a Buddhist ness on the subjects of their studies in priest, who is making them his diligent grammar, geography, mechanics, a brief study. He is of some standing in his and what pleased me well was to find their

survey of history, and moral class-books; religious order, and has been led to renounce Buddhism. Much

pronunciation of English unexceptionable. prayer

is asked for this man, and for others who are hope- One-half of the boys pay him a trifle, but

The school has forty pupils on its roll. fully inquiring about the Gospel.

the rest are free. An aged Christian at Aberdeen, who never ceases to remember in her prayers the poor blind man, and could not help ad

“I could not but feel a deep interest for Mr. Smith, and the work of the Lord at Swatow, has presented Tan-kai-lin, the first miring his patient perseverance in doing baptized convert, with a Chinese Bible.

good to his fellows for more than three The Treasurer at Edinburgh has received years, without reaping any very satisfactory five pounds from Italy for the Mission, duty to his Maker, and a conviction of obli

remuneration for his services. A sense of and five pounds from Africa.

The Mission has sustained a loss lately gation to his neighbour, impels him to the by the death of an aged believer at Moulin. work, and sustains him in his laudable old Nelly was the last surviving fruit of

efforts. He visited me two nights when I the revival which took place there after was at Dhonea Bhalli. He told me he was Simeon's visit in 1800. She had her first very happy to hear my voice, and that he love greatly quickened by Mr. Burns'

had not heard the glad sound of religious preaching twenty years ago, and continued anxious that a Christian mission should be

conversation for a long time. He is most to pray for Mr. Burns and China. Though established at Sumaspoor, and is willing to poor in this world's goods, she laid by for give his time and labour freely, if the mission the Gospel. Dr. Carnegie was taken to see could not, for want of funds, remunerate him. old Nelly before he left Scotland for China, I can bear my testimony with regard to this and after he had prayed with her, in part- individual, that he seems to me a thorough ing, she brought out a pound, saying, Christian in heart, and merely requires “ Give this to Mr. Burns to help the work."

some favourable opportunity to make an open profession of faith, thereby proving to

the world the sincerity of his principles, and THE MISSION SCHOOLS IN INDIA. the soundness of his conviction by the con

sistency of his life. As it is, the surroundThe following incident is related by Dr. ing villages speak of his school. I mention Duff in a recent letter, and is mentioned as it as a missionary school without knowing that it has no connection with the mission. great degree, lose their interest and relax It is a very pleasing proof that the work of their diligence on its behalf. But it should education is not labour lost in missionary be remembered that all that the Bible tells operations. Education, by bestowing moral us of the evangelization of the world proand religious culture, and diffusing intelli. claims that it is a result for which we must gence, gives to the recipients a permanency learn both to wait with patience and confiof character which fails to be visible in those dence, and to labour with long-continued who have not been taught, especially by the cheerfulness, and with unconsuming zeal. reviving Spirit not being awakened in the The field over which such a text as Isa. xlix. earnestness of sincerity and clearness of per- 12 bids us cast our eyes will never be ception. I have no time to dilate on this radiant with men in the shining garments of head. The good seed which is sown early, salvation, and the ways that are in it will the repeated lessons, which are more im- never be thronged with the soldiers of the pressive when the tender mind is adapted for cross, marching to the citadels of Zion, them, remain unobliterated for a long time. without much effort. The utmost bounds They may show no immediate fruit, but of the habitable globe will never ring with they cannot fail to evince their beneficial the shout of deliverance from souls that were effeets in future life. They often bloom in ready to perish, if they who are the Lord's the secresy of a wilderness, and luxuriate do not fight manfully under his banner, and unseen to the eye of man, but known and bear it far hence to the Gentiles. Never approved of by the Disposer of all good.” will there be a nobler task put to our hands

Such an incidental testimony, from so by the Captain of our salvation. Never will simple-hearted and disinterested a witness, a work be given us to do more worthy of ought to weigh something with the greatest our devotion. Never will that blessed book, enemy of our educational system, unless, whose leaves are bedewed with drops of love indeed, where the whole subject is fore- Divine, and bright with rays of light from closed and foredoomed. I can only repeat the everlasting throne, point us to a wider, my solemn conviction that the day which or more commanding range of service. sees any of our mission-schools closed will Never will we have such ample opportunisee the extinguisher put on a lamp that is ties of adding flowers to the garland, and sending rays of Divine knowledge athwart jewels to the crown of the Redeemer. Never the darkness of many a soul. Missions are will we find such an array of motives and not like the selfish mercantile system, where encouragements, of appeals and entreaties, the success and gain of one may be the loss combining to urge us forward to help on of another. It is a divinely-benevolent sys- the jubilee of the world's redemption. And tem, where the success and gain of any one, if our soldiers and our seamen rush to the in any one branch or department of the post of danger as to the post of honour; if vineyard, which is the world, is, or ought to they will bear, without a murmur, the sevebe, regarded as the real gain of all. And rest privations; if we can trace their foothence it irresistibly follows, that to open, or steps written in their own blood afar," in keep open, a door of usefulness in one the north and the west, and in the land of quarter, by closing a door of long-established Sinim;" if men of science and adventure usefulness in another, can be no gain to the will go through pestilential swamps, or burngeneral cause of Christ. But having, in ing climes, or arid deserts, or frozen seas, some measure, disburdened my own mind that they may watch the stars, or measure on the subject, I can calmly leave the whole mountains, or trace the course of rivers, or to the over-ruling providence of a wonder- open up the highways of commerce; if, for working and gracious God.

this world's goods, parents will send their sons and daughters abroad, to the contagion of idolatry, and misery, fand vice, and death :

why should we hold back from that great FELLOW.WORKERS WITH GOD. enterprise, whose issue is sure to be the

coming unto glory of redeemed souls from In various quarters there have been signs of far, from the north and the west, and from dissatisfaction with missionary results. We the land of Sinim? Why should we not fear that some Christian people have looked bring to it the mighty energy of interested at these results as if they saw in them minds, of believing hearts, of fervent aspiblighted hopes, unrealized expectations, and rations ? Why should we not bring to it buman imperfections and shortcomings, the wondrous power of willing hands, of rather than a glorious measure of success, watching eyes, of sympathetic affections ? which should lead them, with adoring gra- Why should we not for it bring gifts and titude and praise, to exclaim, “What hath presents, the silver and the gold, into the God wrought!” and that, consequently, treasury of the Lord ? Why should not they get into a state of despondency about our young men bring to it a consecrated life; the future progress of the Gospel, and, in a saying unto God, " Here am I send me ?"

Why for this should not fathers part with to share the blessedness and glory of seeing their heirs, and mothers give up their best the splendours of his kingdom brightening and dearest sons ? Why should not all who upon this fallen earth, and of helping for. love the Lord Jesus arise, breathing the ward that joyous consummation, which will missionary spirit, which is his Spirit, to do usher in the great day of the Lord ?— Occathe missionary work, which is his work, and sional Paper of F. M. Committee.


OUR SABBATH SCHOOL which then met in an upper room in the

heart of the town of Funchal. With the STATISTICS.

exception of the English chapel it was, and To the Editor of the Presbyterian Messenger.

is, the only Protestant place of worship in

the island ; and, during my residence there Dear Sir,—It does not appear, from it comprised not only Presbyterians from the Report presented to the recent all parts of Great Britain and America, but Conference, whether, by the number persons connected with all the Evangelical of scholars given, we are to under. denominations. Many of them of course stand the average attendance or the were in declining health ; some had only children whose names appear on the come there to die; all more or less in that roll for the year. Any one acquainted state which renders the visits of a Christian with Sabbath schools, especially with pastor tenderly welcome and doubly im. Mission Sabbath schools, will know

pressive. that the difference between these two

I trust that this appeal will meet with

some response amongst the members of our quantities may be such as greatly to own Church ; and it will give me sincere lessen the value of statistics which pleasure to take charge of any contributions take no notice of this difference. My with which I may be entrusted. impression is, that some superintend

Yours, very truly, ents would frame their returns on the principle of the average, others on

James D. BURNS. that of the roll. I trust that, in any future statistics

Hampstead, July 25, 1860. of Sabbath schools, specific information on this point may be obtained. “ About twenty years ago a Presby.

terian congregation was established at I am, Sir, yours, &c.,

Madeira. Very soon after its establishPRESBYTER.

ment it took steps for the erection of a church. Obstacles, however, were thrown in its path, by which its wishes and plans were for a time frustrated. At length a

suitable site was obtained, on which an PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN elegant and modest church has just been

built. The cost of the building and site MADEIRA.

has been £1,400 sterling. Of this sum To the Editor of the Presbyterian Messenger.

£800 have heen already paid, so that there

still remains a debt of £600. Dear Sir,--You will allow me, I am sure, “The congregation is composed of perto avail myself of your columns to give sons who reside permanently in the island, some publicity in England to the following and of invalids who resort to it for the sake statement regarding a Presbyterian Church of health, and whose sojourn in it is but abroad, in which many of your readers will temporary. The congregation has thus feel a special interest. The names appended some claim on the liberality of the public. to the statement are sufficient to vouch for Its members and adherents have already the peculiar force of the claims of Madeira. been fully canvassed, and have given their It was my privilege to minister, for a con- contributions, siderable period, to the congregation of “To clear off the debt on the chureh, an which Mr. Braid is now the Pastor, and I appeal is now made to those in this country


who feel an interest in Madeira from previous “ We, the undersigned, from personal connection with it; and to others who, knowledge of this case, earnestly recom. though having had no such connection, are mend it to the favourable consideration of anxious that the Gospel should be preached the Christian public. to every creature. “WILLIAM BRAID,

“ PATRICK Clason, D.D., Edin. " Minister of the Presbyterian Church “James Henderson, D.D., Glasgow. in Madeira.

“ JAMES JULIUS Wood, D.D., Dumfries. "Edinburgh, July, 1860.

" JOHN BONAR, D.D., Edin. "Contributions will be received by the

"A MOODY STUART, Edin. Rev. William Braid, 14, Northumberland Street, Edinburgh.


Presbyterian Church in England.


raise the income of the year to £100,

and this accession of means would inThe annual collection in aid of the fuse new life into the scheme, and give School Fund is appointed to be taken a new impulse to our efforts. All other up on Sabbath the 19th inst., being branches of the Christian Church in the third Sabbath of August.

our land are advancing in the educaThe subjoined Report contains ample tional field—advancing rapidly-and information regarding the progress and so should we. A well-served school is present position of this useful depart-only inferior in blessing to a wellment of the Church's labours. It con- served pulpit; and never ought we tains a summary of the results which to pause in our exertions till we see have been reached by the efforts of our Church blessed with zealous and the last seven years, and exhibits a efficient teachers, as well as with zeacomparative view of the state of our lous and successful ministers throughschools—both Day and Sabbath-at out all her borders. the beginning and at the end of that In the name of the School Committee, period. Our ministers and other office.

PETER LORIMER, bearers are requested to examine it

Convener. with attention, that they may see how much has been achieved, and how much still remains to be done. It is plain that the work proposed to be SCHOOL REPORT-1860. done by our school scheme is as yet only half done; and that to do the The following Report was presented to the remaining half, it is indispensable that Synod at its recent sitting in Sunderland :the fund put at the disposal of the It is now seven years since the School ComCommittee should be largely increased. mittee came before the Church with a geneThis can only be effected by all our ral survey of the whole Day Schools and congregations giving something; and Sunday Schools connected with our congreby all who have hitherto given some- gations, as distinguished from the account, thing beginning to give a good deal which it is their

duty to render annually, of more. The annual income of the Com- the limited number of Day Schools which mittee has, for some years back, stood are aided out of the School Fund. They at £300. So long as this sum is all sults of another such general survey on the

have the satisfaction of submitting the rewhich they have to work upon, it is present occasion; results which, when comimpossible for them to extend their pared with those obtained in 1853, will furoperations, or to occupy new ground. nish very gratifying evidence of the progress The Committee must stand still if the which has been inade since that time in this Church stands still. Let the Church ( unobtrusive, and not very popular, but still

« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »