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MORE LABOURERS FOR ORISSA. The urgent need for additional labourers in our mission-field engaged the earnest thoughts and prayers of many friends at the recent Association. A resolution on the subject was passed at the large Annual Committee Meeting, and also by the Association. At the crowded Missionary Meeting in the Stoney Street Chapel, the matter was most earnestly pleaded by the Chairman in his opening address. We are glad to be able to give the substance of that address in the present number of the Observer, and trust that it will be read and re-read, pondered and prayed over by all into whose bands it may come. When we remember the long term of years that most of our honoured brethren have spent in the distant field, there is really too much reason for alarm lest in the course of a few years the Mission should die out, unless speedily reinforced by several younger men, who may be acquiring the language, and thus preparing themselves to take up the work when laid down by those who have already borne the burden and heat of the day. In order to meet the present emergency the proposal that follows was made by R. Johnson, Esq., at the Annual Meeting.
An additional home income of five hundred pounds a year would meet the difficulty.
No one would sanction incurring a heavy debt, even for such an emergency,
Let the money be provided first, and God will give the men.
PROPOSAL TO RAISE THE FUNDS
FOR REINFORCING THE MIS.
SION IMMEDIATELY. A SUGGESTION in the form of a challenge to all the subscribers to the Mission was made by R. Johnson, Esq., of London, at the Annual Meeting. It was that throughout the Connexion, the subscribers should engage TO DOUBLE THEIR SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. Mr. Johnson engaged to do this himself if others would, and thus raise his subscription from ten pounds a year to twenty. He felt that the time was come when we must make sacrifices for the Mission, instead of giving contributions that are not even missed or felt by the donors.
When it is clearly understood that the extra subscriptions are only to be guaranteed for the terms of five years, it is hoped that Mr. Johnson's challenge will be accepted, and that the plan will
CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS By CHARLES ROBERTS, Esq., of Peterborough, at the Annual Meeting, held at Stoney Street Chapel, Nottingham, June
26th, 1872. The circumstances under which we meet this evening are such as to call forth the deepest concern in every christian heart, for the progress and future success of this valuable and interesting Mission to heathen lands.
The jubilee meeting of this society was held in Baxter Gate Chapel, Loughborough, June 20th, 1866. In the report of that year we were told that “a stirring letter, calling for the establishment of such a society, appeared in the monthly magazine early in the year 1816. The Lincolnshire Conference took up the question. A few days before the time of the Association, the Midland Conference became enthusiastic, viewing the subject as of “infinite importance, recommending it most seriously to the consideration of the body at the forthcoming Association." The result was the meeting of a few friends in the vestry of the quaint old chapel at Boston, in the evening of June 26th, 1816; and this society was then and there formed, and commenced its work. Just fifty-six years this very day and hour (for mark, it was the evening), have passed since this blessed society (for God has abun.
dantly blessed it), was formed, but when it was first instituted, please mark, neither the means nor men were ready. It was commenced in faith, and nearly six years more had to transpire before our first missionaries, Bampton and Peggs, all honour to their names, trod the land of Orissa. It was, they wrote, about five in the afternoon of Feb. 12th, 1822, when they reached Cuttack; their letter with this information is dated
“ Be not weary in well doing, for in due season ye shall reap if yet faint not ?" I put the question to you most solemnly, my friends, shall we give up this migsion? or shall we resolve in the strength of God, vigorously to maintain it, and give Him no rest until His spirit be abundantly poured out upon all the churches in the connexion, and that fresh and vigorous life may everywhere be experienced ?
March 7, 1822, and they hoped it would be but is there really any need for
arrive by the Association in June, but it was not received until October of that year-how different are our present circumstances and means of communi. cation.
It is, then, just fifty years since our actual occupation of Orissa as a field of labour. Such was our commencement. During the active operations which have passed away, we have to be devoutly thankful for what God has wrought in that land through the labours of Bampton, Peggs, Cropper, Lacey, Sutton, Goadby, and others already gone to their heavenly home; and amongst the living by Wilkinson, Stubbins, Buckley, Bailey, Miller, Hill, Taylor, J. Bailey, and it may be others I am not able to name.
I say we have to be thankful for the abundant blessings our Heavenly Father has vouchsafed to us in the many recovered from idolatry, who have left blessed testimony that they knew in whom they believed, and through faith in the atoning sacrifice, have safely arrived in heaven, and we have also to thank God that united in christian fellowship we have many hundreds pressing on in the way which leads to life eternal. Taking
this glance at our rise and progress, it, I think, becomes us with devout seriousness, to look at our present position, and I do most earnestly desire that we may be directed aright.
What, then, shall we say, my friends. Ought we after these years of labour and results, to pronounce the cause of missions a failure ? to confess we have made a mistake, and no longer go on with the work. Would this be true and the right thing to do? We are encom passed about by a great cloud of witnesses ; amongst their number, what must we believe would be the counsel of Pike, of Heard, Pegg, and other beloved ones, but earnestly
“whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might," and
serious concern about the mission ? I feel there is, for what are our present circumstances ? our mission staff now in Orissa consists of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, who went out in 1841 ; Mr. and Mrs. Buckley, 1844 ; Mr. and Mrs. Miller and W. Bailey, 1845 ; Mr. and Mrs. Hill, 1855 ; Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, 1855 ; Mr. Thos. Bailey, now at home, 1861; and Miss Packer, who joined our friends in 1862. This is our number, and with a debt of £350 the case is serious. We have reason to be thankful that lives so devoted have been spared in such an unfriendly climate, to labour so long. But flesh and heart will fail, and in some cases must do so soon, and unless we resolve before this meeting or Association separates, that God helping us, we will resolve to supply increased means, and earnestly pray that God will raise up three or four more suitable brethren, to go forth, whom we undertake to sustain, we shall not be, in my opinion, doing our duty, and cannot expect the Lord will continue to bless us. I think I can exercise in this matter as strong faith as other christians, and know well this work does not depend upon our faithfulness. God can do without us, and will if we neglect our duty; but I pray we may be all alive to our privileges in this good work. How, then, ig what I suggest to be accomplished ? First, by every minister, every member, and as a necessary consequence every church, seeking, by earnest prayer, the outpouring of the divine spirit that we may all be more in earuest and alive to the important work.
2nd. By the committee seeking, in christian love, more vigorously, earnestly, and effectively to attend to the thorough reorganisation of auxiliary societies, the appointment of proper officers and collectors throughout the churches of the connexion, and especially counselling the importance of the weekly and monthly plan of collecting.
3rd. That the officers of the society proved fatal. The first victim was a in their visits to the churches take suf- young man, married not twelve months ficient time to assist in getting each ago, and his widow is expecting to be church into a good working state for a mother. The other cases were a the year, and to see that they are fur- mother and a son. Both died on the nished with all needful collecting books, same day, the child in the morning, the &c.
mother in the afternoon. It is pleasing If the connexion be thus thoroughly to add that the christians in their timo revised, remodelled, and invigorated, of trouble had recourse to prayer; mornin its mission work, I think it is not too ing and evening prayer meetings were much to expect that with the many daily held, and we trust that the scourge liberal friends we have, not numbered has now departed. We rejoice, too, in with our church inembers, and if our the persuasion that both those of marecommendation be worked as I think ture age who have been taken from us it should, we ought to calculate on at were prepared for the great change. least on an average of 1d. per week per The native preacher, Paul Singh, did member, which would give us an income all that was possible to help and soothe at home of more than £4000 a year. the people at this time of anxiety. With this we could nearly double our An awfully sudden death from snake staff, and thus put the mission as to bite occured at Chaga a few days ago. means, in a vigorous and healthy state, A young man had got some thatch for and be able to send the gospel to Rome the purpose of thatching his house, and, also, a most desirable work to be done. taking it up, a little snake bit his finger, You ask where are the men to send ? and though only a few yards from the I answer our fathers, the founders of this door he was dead before he could enter society, began first to raise the means ; the house. It is one of the most afflictthe increase we must provide, and God ing circumstances of the kind I have will help us to the men when we give known. He was a corpse iu about five proof of our devotion and sincerity by minutes. raising the means to sustain them.
Last Lord's day three females were I do, then, most earnestly entreat that baptized at Cuttack. Ghanushyam you will, my beloved friends, seek to preached on the occasion from Luke xvi. be deeply and zealously moved to this 29-31, enlarging upon the supreme work. By all that is important, both authority of the Word of God, and the for time and eternity; by the spirit practical regard due to its teaching. which moved our fathers who have gone Damudar baptized the candidates. One to heaven; by the desire we feel that the of them came to us as a widow in the knowledge of the Lord may cover the dark days of the famine, and has since earth as the waters cover the sea ; by been married again; the others had the command of our blessed Saviour who been brought up amougst us.
It is ingave the commission to go into all the teresting to state that one of them was world and preach ; and for the earthly the daughter-in-law of dear Jagoo. and eternal happiness it shall bring to The reader probably remembers the the heathen that embrace the Saviour, affectionate earnestness with which he I implore you to be deeply moved for addressed his eldest son and daughterthe continued success and prosperity of in-law when near death, and may recolthis good work.
lect that Simeon was soon led to seek that "hidden treasure" to which his
attention had been so solemnly directed. CHOLERA AT CHAGA-BAPTISMS All will rejoice to know that the daughAT CUTTACK.
ter-in-law has been baptized. A special
promise insures a joyful harvest to the LETTER FROM REV. J. BUCKLEY, D.D.
weeping sower, and we see in this case Cuttack, June 7th. the blessed results of the precious seed OUR native christians at Chaga have sown by a servant of Christ in his dying recently been in great trouble. Cholera, moments. How it would have gladwhich for several weeks had lingered dened his affectionate heart if he in the heathen villages near, entered could have seen his first-born a memour village during last month ; and ber of the church, and the wife a though there have not been more than fellow heir of the grace of life. But seven or eight cases, three of them have probably he knows of it in that land of
light and love, where the result of christian labour is more clearly and perfectly known, and surely the knowledge must increase his thankfulness and joy.
The annular eclipse, yesterday morning, interested us much. “For ever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven!” And how precious the thought, that the promises of the covenant of grace are as stable as the laws of the material universe.
“The voice that rolls the stars along
THE AMERICAN MISSION IN THE
NORTH OF ORISSA.
LETTER FROM THE REV. J. L. PHILLIPS TO REV. J. BUCKLEY, CUTTACK.
Midnapore, Feb. 5, 1872. My dear Brother Buckley,–We had hoped that father would be able to attend your annual Conference this month, but, on getting home from a trip among the Santals, I am sorry to learn that, owing to mother's illness, he has been obliged to relinquish his plans. This, I know will be a great disappointment to him, for he had been looking forward with pleasant anticipations to your meeting at Cuttack. Under the present circumstances, therefore, it devolves upon me to communicate to you, as the representative of the Orissa Mission, the hearty good wishes and christian sympathies of all the labourers in this part of the great field. Be assured that, so far as we know your state, we unfeignedly rejoice in all your successes, and grieve in all your afflictions. The hand of the Lord has been heavy upon your Mission during the past year, and we have often made mention of you in our meetings for prayer and at our family altars; imploring God to comfort and cheer you in your time of darkness and trouble. We hope that in your hearts and homes, and also in your churches and communities, you have experienced the fulfillinent of that precious word—“Unto the upright there ariseth Light in the darkness."
We too have not been without our trials. Not one brother in all our home churches has responded to our cry for help, and Dr. Bacheler's place remains vacant. In August last, Mahes Chandra Rai, our senior Bengali preacher, was summoned, after a brief illness, to his
heavenly reward. He was a good man, and, for twenty years and more, a faithful, fearless preacher of the glorious Gospel. His memory will long abide as a precious treasure in our hearts, while we pray that his mantle may fall on some of the younger men who are left. Another native teacher has left us during the year, not for the rest and rewards of the world to come, but
having loved this present world." This case has caused us sincere grief, and put the name of Christ to open shame amongst the heathen. I may mention that this man's chief besetting sin was contracting debts by borrowing money without prospect of payment. In this way how many professed christians disgrace themselves and dishonour the Lord! But I should not say 80 much, perhaps, about the dark side of our work.
The year has not been without its manifold tokens of good. In March last, Kamala Naika, of Balasore, was set apart to the work of the ministry by the imposition of hands; and three young men presented themselves as candidates for the ministry. We hope still others are looking in this direction. Some of those who were brought in during the fearful famine of '66 bid fair to become useful agents in the promulgation of the Gospel
In the Press we have been short of funds, and hence very little has been done. The Oriya version of Miss Leslie's “ Dawn of Light” approaches completion. We hope to issue it in a few months. The gospel of John, a thorough revision, in Santal, is being printed. Several Bengali and Santal tracts have been recently published. We hope to do more in this department another year.
Amongst the Oriyas, the most charming feature, at present, is the thirst for knowledge on the part of the women and children, Tbe zenanas and zenana schools in Balasore receive the hearty support of not a few leading Hindoos. We only wish that christianity could be more fully introduced into this system of education. But the offence of the cross has not ceased. There are calls for more female teachers coming in from Hindoo villages in the vicinity of our stations, but, as yet, the way does not seem open for responding to all these. The Oriyas generally listen to word word of life more cheerfully and
candidly than formerly, and the hope At our Bengali branch, a little chapel, is entertained, that in some sections of built by the
native christians, was dediour field they will soon begin to break cated to the service of God last month. away from their sins and superstitions,
We thank God for all these tokens of and accept the Gospel.
good. I need write no more about the The Bengalis are hard, very hard, work. We pray God to bless you richly still not without considerable sign of with His Holy Spirit at your Conference, improvement. In the bazaar we have and to succeed all your plans for His had no fruit as yet; but in the villages glory among the Oriyas. Our annual the good seed seems to be coming up. Conference will open (D.v.) here, at The Zenana work, I think, is more Midnapore, on the 15th of March, and cheering with the poorer classes than I hope to have a letter from you to with the babus. One woman of note, a present to the brethren. All communiNepaul Brahmini, has been baptized, cations from you are full of interest to and is at work here.
Please assure all of your number The movement among the Santals of our christian regard, and believe me, promises good results. These people Yours in the Master's work, of the jungles seem to be advancing
Jas. L. PHILLIPS. towards christianity more rapidly than the Hindoos. We now have forty-three schools in their villages, and the teachers are taking steps to profess chris
MISSION TO ROME. tianity; two of them are christians, and others seem near the kingdom.
ONLY a few of the cards circulated by All our churches have been refreshed our esteemed brother, Mr. Thomas during the year. At Santipore there Cook, at the Association, have been has been quite a revival of religion, and returned. at Patna many of the school girls have The Rev. E. H. Jackson, of Ripley, been brought in. Last month it was promises ten shillings a year, and Mr. my happy privilege to baptize two T. Cook engages to contribute or colpersons at each of the two branches of lect ten pounds a year for the next five our church. The one among the San
years. tal is gaining ground; still, as yet, not The Secretary is writing at a distance a woman has been baptized. We hope from home, and so cannot be quite cersome may be ere long. The Santal tain, but he thinks the above are all the brethren were the first in our Mission promises he has received since the to build a chapel at their own expense.
Association at Nottingham.
Received on account of the General Baptist Missionary Society, from
June 18th, to July 18th, 1872.
£ 8. d.
£ s. d. Longford
14 5 7 Loughborough, Wood Gate
0 10 6 Louth, Northgate
24 12 1 Nottingham, Stoney StreetCollection at Annual Meeting
30 0 0 Sac. ditto for W. and 0. Fund... 18 0 6 Ripley-for Orissa, 10s.; for Rome, 10s. 1 0 0 Rocester
2 15 0 Woodhouse Eaves
0 15 0
Subscriptions and Donations in aid of the General Baptist Missionary Society will be thankfully received by T. HILL, Esq., Baker Street, Nottingham, Treasurer; by the Rev. J. C PIKE, the Secretary, and the Rev. H. WILKINSON, the Travelling Agent, Leicester, from whom also Missionary Boxes, Collecting Books, and Cards may be obtained.