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and then I go into school, where I remain till two o'clock, reading, and writing, and counting. After school is over, I again make eat of food ; and from three till five o'clock I sew or koit, or do crotchet work. At seven o'clock we have evening worship, and afterwards I go to sleep.
When I was a very small child, my father and mother became received into the other world, (i. e. died,) and then I was very ignorant; but now, by the mercy of God, I have received much instruction in the Christian religion; and although I do not as yet know all about it, yet, by giving my mind to it, I am learning by degrees a little and little.
As the Bible tells me that all are indeed sinners, so my heart tells me that I am a sinner; and I know that all have lost the glory of God, and that no one person can do any good work.
I wish to be free the sin-death, and to become living in Christ. I wish to be free from the sin-sickness, and to become whole by the blood of Christ; and I am learning to love Him, and to keep His commandments.
I am now to tell you what I believe as in aforetime. I trusted in Ram-Shéb-Doorga-Kali ; so now, having left confidence in these, I believe that there is one true God, and that Jesus is my only Saviour. He having suffered very much sorrow, at last gave His life for my salvation.
I wish to tell you that this year I am reading some new books. The History of India, Brooks' Remedies against the Devices of Satan, History of England, Grammar, Geography, and Catechism.
.I will be very much glad if you will pray for me and for my country; particularly if you will pray for my countrywomen who are still Hindus,
Now I make an end to my letter, and I am yours confiding,
OUR JEWISH MISSION. MR. STERN sends, from Speyer, the following account of a conversation he held with a Jewish family :
* One other incident I cannot refrain from mentioningit was most refreshing in this sterile time. With a clerical friend I visited a family of this place, H- ; we met two old people; the man in particular, whose hair was white as snow, was bent under a load of years. The family is rich, and of independent circumstances. The man was pointed out to me as a zealous Jew, well skilled in the law. Under these circumstances, I entered the house with small hopes, and considerably disheartened. My companion, who was already acquainted with the family, but had never had any religious conversation with them, facilitated the first difficulty by his salutation, and we received a friendly welcome. The lady, when she perceived what turn the conversation was taking, looked rather gloomy, and listened with firmly compressed lips and searching looks; her husband, on the other hand, continued most friendly, and the Lord gave me grace to speak to his heart, with perfect freedom and with earnest love, of the promises of God regarding Israel, of the hopes of believing Christians concerning their conversion, and to offer him the salvation of Christ for his own soul. When I concluded, the lady, who had become more complacent as the conversation proceeded, expressed a wish to ask my companion a question; but her husband interrupted her, saying: "Wife, what I have now heard is more precious to me than meat and drink.' On this I seized his hand, and said: "May the Lord hear that word which you have now said, and cause you to feel the truth of it in your heart !' and I wished him still further blessings. He pressed my hand with much emotion, and kindly answered : What I now tell you is the real truth,' (and he repeated it twice with much energy ;) 'I cannot express to you all that I think and feel on this subject, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart; may God bless you! We thus departed from this house, where, contrary to all my expectations, I was permitted to behold a trace of the peaceful unseen influence of the Holy Spirit. Though it was only a slight trace, my heart rejoiced because of it. Oh! may He who is the Alpha and Omega, and who is able to continue the good work which had been begun, be graciously pleased to do so! In the time to come it will be manifest."
THE STRENGTH OF THE CHURCH. We are at this moment entering upon a marvellous epoch in the history of the world ; and we are opening a great volume of European history, to be followed by, perhaps, the most memorable events that have happened since the beginning of the world. I really feel awed by the position of the Christian Church; I do not know to what to compare it. I feel sometimes that we are in that position towards the enemy that our army was at Waterloo atout five o'clock in the evening, at the moment when the cavalry and infantry went down steadily to fight, but a short moment before the battle concluded, and when they brought the charge along the whole line. I think we are in this position ; the whole world is opening to the Christian Church, and she must rise and do something as she never did it before. May every regiment, may every part of the Christian Church, rise up, go in, and take possession of the land! We have had our Genesis commencing at home; we have had our Exodus, and our missionaries are gone abroad; we have had our Leviticus, and all our laws and regulations are laid down; we have had our Numbers, and our travels in the wilderness, now going back, and now going forward ; and, I think, we are opening the Book of Joshua. Now, in an especial sense, we are to cross the Jordan, enter in, and take possession of the land. Some people think that it augurs ill for this view of the case that we commence the war by making alliance with Turkey. But the Book of Joshua commences with the alliance of the Israelites and the Gibeonites. They were more acute diplomatists than ever were the Russians. They got the better of Joshua; but yet, when he had lifted up his hand, and pledged his honour that he would assist them, he was not backward in the day of battle; and the sun stood stil), and gave him an opportunity of keeping his troth and fealty to them. I do not look at these alliances as a bad augury for us. I think it is rather a strong proof that we are in the right; that, contrary to our feeling as men, contrary to our feeling as Christians, we stand by the cause of truth and righteousness, and we have no object of our own to gain. But if we are to do this work, I take it there must be an immense revolution in the Church. I think we have not a glimmering of what is before us. I do hope that, in the next twenty years, people will smile at us, just as we smile at the wonder of our ancestors when they saw coaches going six miles an hour. I do believe that, very soon, instead of being amazed at what is doing, the Christian Church will look at an idol as we look at a fossil brought up out of the earth --and this is not very far off. The truth is, there is a force in the Christian Church not yet defined. There is a latent force in every Christian man, infinitely more than the man himself knows. Look at a story which I had from a friend who visited the pastor of a small parish in a portion of Germany, who educates poor children, and stirs them up to a divine life. When you come to ask him, Can you do anything for Christ ?” his answer is, “ Yes, we can : we have no money, but let us select six men, and teach these Christian men to be shoemakers, to be agriculturists, to be field-labourers; and I will teach them theology and the languages.” That man has been labouring for years; and that humble man, and his assistants in that humble village, have prepared these men for foreign usefulness. Some months ago, afraid that they might be corrupted by Europeans, they built a ship; and these men, educated in this poor parish, in a ship built by themselves are gone off to Africa. This is the force that is in a man. I repeat, there is this force in the Christian Church; and, if you would draw it out, what an ample force it is! You talk of your great forces in the East, you talk of your army. I defy all the forces under Sir Charles Napier, all the forces under France and England, to make a primrose grow; but the dew can do it-the sun of heaven can do it.
There are forces which all the material Powers of Europe cannot exercise. I defy all the material forces in the world to quicken a human spirit, to bring a soul to God; but we have in the Church of Christ these forces, according to the power that worketh in us. And what an omnipotent power it is, if you, and I, and every man, had but faith to draw upon it, to take advantage of it, to believe in the Word of God—the power inexhaustible, and able to convert a world! The other day, I was requested by a brother minister, who was unwell, to go and visit a dying child. He told me some remarkable things of this boy, eleven years of age, who, during three years' sickness had mani. fested the most patient submission to the will of God, with a singular enlightment of the Spirit. I went to visit him. The child had suffered excruciating pain; for years he had not known one day's rest. I gazed with wonder at the boy. After drawing near to him, and speaking some words of sympathy, he looked at me with his blue eyes—he could not move, it was the night before he died and breathed into my ears these few words, “I an strong in Him." The words were few, and uttered feebly; they were words of a feeble child in a poor home, where the only ornament was that of a meek, and quiet, and affectionate mother; and these words seemed to lift the burden from the very heart-they seemed to make the world more beautiful than ever it was before; they brought home to my heart a great and blessed truth. May you, and I, and every one else, be strong in Him!— Speech by Rev. N. Macleod.
TRANSLATION OF A GERMAN HYMN.
"In Thy presence is fulness of joy.”—Psalm zvi. 11.
O Lord, how happy is the time
When in thy love I rest, -
Ev'n to Thy tender breast !
Thy rays outshine the sun;
The heaven of heaven is won,
Let the world call itself my foe,
Or let the world allure;
To this tried Friend and sure:
Upon life's wildest sea,
Because it holds by Thee.
Upon the dreadful hill,
My soul hastes higher still ;
And finds in Him her home,
I do not fear the wilderness
Where Thou hast been before ;
After Thee, near Thee, more :
My heart Thou makest sing;
Thy choren flock will bring
Be closed to other men,
The heart of Jesus then,
Which is not losing T'hee,-
As in the victory!
When in Thy love I rest,
Ev'n to Thy tender breast!
Thy rays outshine the sun ;