Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

towards those who are sincerely seeking, either in a public or private capacity, his honour in their life and labours. O what a blessed thing is it for the soul to be kept in an even poise, and steadily endeavouring to diffuse the favour of the knowledge of Christ, when disappointments are multiplying upon us! It is true, he sometimes suffers our imaginations to have a little scope, and our hearts to be somewhat elated with a prospect of success upon our labours, when a few concurring events seem to favour our designs. But does he not often fend a nipping east wind, whereby many buds and bloffoms, yea, young and tender fruits, are blighted so that our hope and patience are put to the trial? What unwarranted expectations were in the minds of many, perhaps in England, when thirty Missionaries left England for the South-Sea Islands: yea, how busy were some in lifting them up upon the pinnacle of imaginary honour: whereas we had not, as yet, buckled on our harness. God hath been sweeping us and fifting us; and what he hath ftill farther to do with us, he only knows: but, sure I am, he will make both the Heathen and his own know that he is the Lord who sanctifieth Israel, when his fanctuary is in the midst of them. What will be the issue in England from these unexpected events which have already taken place, and what may still occur concerning us and the poor Heathen, time will manifest. But I do earnestly entreat of the Lord, that Directors and Missionaries may evidence to an ungodly world, their honest, holy, increasing affection for Christ and his cause, by perfevering through all discouragements; lo using the sacred sword, that their hands and hearts may be well employed, and their knees kept from waxing feeble. ! It is likely it will add to your disappointments to hear, that I am far from being able to preach Christ to those poor Heathen; but thall I, through pride and impatience, withdraw and forsake them? What becomes of my name or reputation is of no consequence, when compared with the dishonour which may fall upon the name

da Forfake no CODI Fall upo

and interest of our blessed Lord, fronı such conduct. What knowledge of it I have through grace obtained, the hope he hath given me, not only in his word in ges neral, but some particular promises, with my private and public devotedness to the service of Christ among the Heathen, and my obligation to the Lord and the Di. rectors, I judge each to be an indisputable arguinent for my perseverance in the name and strength of Christ.

The eye and hand of God have been so constantly on us for good, that our mercies have been more numerous than our moments. Notwithstanding my situation here is peculiar, my wife being the only woman on these Heathen shores that left our native country, yet I have observed, I think, that the Lord hath been crowning our unworthy heads with such tokens of his loving kindness and tender mercies, as to give us to understand we are in that situation which he is best pleased with.

Cease not to pray for us, though unworthy the blefling, while we remain yours in the Lord,

T. & E. EYRE.

Extract of two Letters from the Rev. Dr. Erskine, of

Edinburgh, to the Rev. Dr. Rodgers, of this City, da!ed Dec. 31, 1800. .

“ I heavy cloud, indeed, hangs over Britain-yet there are appearances that, though our God may chasten, he will not caft off and utterly destroy us—beside the remarkable work of the conviction and conversion of finners at Moulin, and some neighbouring parishes in the Highlands, the Lord seems to be raising up, and fitting for future usefulness, many of our youth. Our presbyteries have licensed several young gentlemen of distinguished piety and talents; and there are some others, who promise equally well, studying divinity under Dr. Hunter, Divinity Professor in our University, Three of these are in opulent circumstances, and from the most pious and disinterested motives, have dedicated theinfelves to the fervice of God in the gospel of his Son."

Edinburgh, Feb. 10, 1801. “ The religious concern at Moulin goes on without any irregularities, and the mouths of opposers are wonderfully stopped. Dr. Hunter, our Professor of Divinity here, is greatly useful-several of his students, lia censed by different Presbyteries, acquitted themselves with great reputation upon their trials, and, by their piety and abilities, give the pleasing prospect of their being eminent blessings to the church of Christ. I have not known, at any time, such a number of promising candidates for the ministry here as these two years pastfome of them are already comfortably settled, and there is every appearance that the rest of them shortly will be."

Extraet from the Preface of the Edinburgh Misionary

Magazine for 1801. “ The events of the preceding year, relative to the progress of the Gospel at home and abroad, must have excited, in the minds of our readers, various fenfations. Circumstances both.encouraging and otherwise have occurred.

“ With regard to Miffions, we have beheld the aspect of Providence wearing a lowering appearance, in the almost total failure of a few of them, in places where we hoped the favour of the Redeemer's name would have been spread abroad. Such tidings could not fail deeply to afflict the hearts of inany, and, perhaps, for a season, to excite a spirit of despondency. In the midst of some adverse difpenfations, however, there has not been wanting much cause of thanksgiving, in the prolperity with which the Lord has been pleased to accompany similar measures. The success which appears to attend the vigorous and unremitting exertions of the London Missionary Society, whose Missionaries are still employed in the South-Sea Illands, in Africa, Bengal, Canada, and in Twillingate; the labours of the Baptist Society, who have lately strengthened their mission in Bengal, and by whose affiduous efforts the Scriptures, completed in the Bengalese language, are about to be

VOL. II. No. 3. ,

Ofe alledrengthened us of the Bangal,

published; the patient diligence of the Moravians; the pleasing accounts lately received by the Edinburgh Society from their Missionary in Jamaica; together withi the zeal to diffuse the Gospel, which seems to be increasing at home and abroad, notwithstanding the discourge. ments that have occurred:—these are circumstances highly calculated to keep alive the hope of the friends of missions, and loudly call for re-animated exertion.

“ The enemies of the Gospel are disposed to triumph, when schemes intended for its propagation are unsuccessful; and even the friends of Jesus, taking too close a view of the dark side of the cloud, are ready to give up hope, and to adopt the language of some of old, for which they were severely rebuked; “ The time is not coine, the time that the Lord's house should be built.” When the first disciples of Christ “ asked him saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” our Saviour reproved them in terms which equally apply at the present day: “ It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in his own power." Duty is ours; the issue belongs to God. Deaf, therefore, to the suggestions of carnal reason, let the servants of Jesus attend to his authoritative command, “ Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” The value of one immortal foul far exceeds human calculation; and if even one soul be saved by the united exertions of Milfionaries, their labours are more than compensated.

“ The various plans for diffusing the knowledge of the Gospel lately adopted in our own country, promises, by the blessing of God, to be extensively useful. For this, many prayers are doubtless offered up. Were all those who know the infinite importance of divine truth, seriously to consider in what manner they might be most useful during the few years of their pilgrimage on earth, and were they to occupy diligently in their respective ipheres, and according to their several abilities, in laying out their time, talents, and property, of which they ought to consider themselves only the stewards, how

much good might be done! The prince of darkness would not be suffered to maintain undisturbed dominion. Every where, and in a variety of ways, the word of life would be held forth: nor would there be an individual among us, who had not heard the joyful tidings, that “God hath given to us eternal life, and that this life is in his Son."

Extract of a Letter from a respectable Clergyman in Eng

land to his Friend in this city. DEAR SIR, « It has pleased God to remove one of our last Milfionaries, about ten days after he landed in the East-Indies. He was a young man of this city, wonderfully converted from the depths of infidelity. He has left a wife and two children. The British government refused to let the others go up the country to join the former, and therefore Carey and Fountain are gone down to them to Serampore, where the Danish Governor shows them much favour.

« They are about to print the New Testament immediately, and the Old is nearly neady for the press. Mr. Carey is much pleased with them, and finds them very diligent and prudent, and men who enter into their work with their whole soul. They and their work are indeed objects of ridicule among many of the Europeans; but one of them juftly observes, “ I do not wonder that such men should think the attempt a foolish one: baving never felt the influence of divine truth, how is it posible they should know the effects it will produce on those who receive it in the love of it. The things of the spirit of God are foolishness to them, neither can they know them. The arguings of such men never raise any doubts in my mind about the fulfilment of the divine promises. They only prove their own ignorance of divine things, and the native enmity of the heart to every thing holy. To be sure, it is kind in them to diffuade us from such a fruitless, unprofitable pursuit, and to counsel us to direct pur attention to something that will turn to better ac:

« AnteriorContinuar »