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IfO. III. MARCH, 1831. YOL. V.
EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE OF "PERIODICAL ACCOUNTS."
Having made these preliminary remarks, we proceed to notice the enterprises in which the brn. Miertsching and Warmow are engaged. That it was found practicable to comply with the wishes of the Board of Admiralty in December, 1849, and to provide a Missionary, as Esquimaux interpreter to the "searching expedition" under Captain Collinson, was at the time a subject of real satisfaction, and that feeling is sensibly increased by the very kind and favorable testimony borne by Captain M'Clure, to whose vessel br. Miertshing was attached, to the value of the serviceg of various kinds, which he was willing and able to render.
Of the issue of the attempt to reach the poor Esquimaux of Northumberland Inlet, to be made by br. Warmow of Lichtenfels, as interpreter to the commercial expedition under Captain Penny, we can not expect to hear till the autumn of the ensuing year. In the meantime, the discovery, by Captain M'Clure, of considerable bodies of Esquimaux, speaking a dialect easily understood by br. Miertsching, and occupying various localities on the shores of the Polar Basin, cannot but increase our desire, that our Missions in Greenland and Labrador may, ere long, produce a number of faithful and qualified assistants, willing to be sent forth into these districts as Evangelists to their benighted countrymen. And where, we may well ask, are such helpers to our Missionary brethren not wanted? In the West Indies, in Surinam, and South Africa, how important the effects that might, by the blessing of the Lord, attend their employment! And what reasonable hope can be entertained, of the conversion of the millions of Western and Central Africa to the faith of Christ, till messengers, possessed of the requisite love, and zeal, and knowledge, can be furnished by the negro and colored congregations in the West Indies? To every true friend of Africa, the promise of future usefulness which is held out by our Training-Institutions in Jamaica and Antigua, and the recent addition to the Missionary ranks, of more than one competent and devoted native laborer in both these islands, will be hailed with joy and gratitude.
The subject of the supply of qualified home-candidates for Missionary-services, it is impossible to approach without feelings of deep thankfulness to the Lord, who has hitherto graciously provided for the wants of His Church and His cause in heathen lands, not unmingled, however, with anxiety for the future.
From a Table appended to an interesting little work lately published, under the title of "The Moravian Atlas," it appears that in the course of the 120 years which have elapsed since the commencement of the Brethren's Missions, there have been employed in their service, no fewer than 1646 laborers, viz. 971 brethren and 67& sister . It further appears, from the valuable and carefully compiled returns, prefixed to the Missionary Atlas of br. Linder of the Mission-Department, that of the whole number thus engaged in the work, there served for a period of
From 20 to 30 years 151 persons.
"30 to 40" 63 ■' including 20 in the Tropics.
F 52 ears 2" $ ^ac0D Beck, in Greenland,
or years ^ Kohrhammer, in South Africa.
And for 63 years, br. David Zeisberger, the Apostle of the Indians.
A comparison of the two foregoing statements, will place in a clear light the peculiar trials and hazards of the Missionary calling, to which our dear brethren and sisters have devoted, and continue to devote, themselves; and by shewing, how liable they are to early removal from the field of usefulness, by the hand of death or by premature decay, it will enable us the more readily, to appreciate the difficulty attending the supply of the vacancies which are continually occuring, and the occupation of the new fields or stations, on which our Church is from time to time constrained to enter. Never, at any former period of her history, did the Missionaries she is favored to employ in heathen lands, bear so large a proportion as at present, to the members of her congregations at home. While, therefore, on contrasting their number with the hundreds of millions of heathen, who still remain in darkness and ignorance, we might be tempted to exclaim, "What are these among so many V the comparison we have just instituted might call forth the not less anxious inquiry, "How are even these to be furnished by so few?" Yet few in number as we confessedly are, and receiving no material increase in any of the three great sections of the Unity,—the Continental, the British, and the American,—it would almost seem, as if the word had gone forth in regard to our Missionary host, "The people that are with thee are yet too many for ane,"—for seldom, if ever, have the breaches made in our Missionary rank been so numerous or so trying, as during the period which our present retrospect embraces. Besides those who have been obliged to retire from the service, in consequence of age or failure of health, no fewer than twenty-four brethren and sisters, ■chiefly in the prime of life, have been called to their rest within the past two-and-a-half years. Of these, seventeen were carried off by the yellow-fever in Surinam and the Danish Islands,—the grave of Missionaries from the earliest times. That it has been found possible, to supply the places of those who have thus early fallen, must be considered a special token of the goodness of that gracious Lord, by whom the very hairs of His servants are numbered; and who knows best, what is required for the due and successful performance of His own work. Our Missionary band is not yet quite as numerous as was the company of Gideon, by which Jehovah was pleased to work deliverance for Israel. And if, in this particular, He sees fit to try our faith more severely than He does that of His servants of other Societies, whose numbers and resources are so far in excess of ours, we ought neither to murmur nor to despond, knowing that even this chastening is intended as A token of His love, and designed to be instructive and profitable.
8Of Br. George Henry Wieniger, Missionary in Egypt, who departed this Life at Niesky, June 13th, 1815.
(Written by himself.)
I was born on March 30th, 1745, at Arolsen, in the principality of Waldeck. My mother often spoke to me, in my early years, ■of the sufferings and death of Jesus, which made a deep impression upon my mind. On such occasions, I was filled with a sweet sense of peace and joy, which I did not understand at the time; but whenever I had been disobedient, I was greatly distressed. Thus I remember kneeling down one day under a tree in our garden, and beseeching God, with tears, to take me to Himself and the holy angels. While thus engaged in prayer, my heart was filled with rapturous delight. Being shortly afterwards taken seriously ill, I wished to depart; but the Lord ordained that I should recover; though I continued so very delicate till my twelfth year, that I ■could but seldom attend school, and consequently, remained very backward in my learning. When completely recovered, I had, for a short time, private lessons; and, in my thirteenth year, I was confirmed. Soon after it pleased the Lord to take my parents to Himself; my mother was first summoned hence, and a week after, my father followed her into eternal rest. This double be