The American Missionary — Volume 36, No. 1, January, 1882
Entered at the Post-Office at New York, N.Y., as second-classmatter.
|Paragraphs—A Good Way to Do It||2|
|John Brown Memorial Steamer (with cut)||3|
|Items from the Field||5|
|Indian Girls at Hampton (with cuts)||6|
|General Notes —Indians, Africa, Chinese||7|
|Training Girls for Home Life: By Miss M. L. Sawyer||10|
|Relation of the Family to the Nation’s Welfare: by Miss E. B. Emery||12|
|Tennessee— Interesting Exercises in Fisk University, Nashville||14|
|Georgia— Storrs School, Atlanta||15|
|Mississippi— Dedication of Strieby Hall, Tougaloo||15|
|Work in the South||16|
|Extracts from Journal of Rev. H. M. Ladd||18|
|Cut of Cairo||19|
|California and China: By Rev. W. C. Pond||21|
|How a Strain of Music Called a Wanderer Home||23|
|Aim, Statistics, Wants, Etc.||30|
We welcome the advent of the new year with praise and thanksgiving.The toils and burdens of 1881 are past. The husbandman has garneredhis sheaves. The sower has cast in his seed, and awaits the springtime. We greet our friends with hope and gladness. The prosperityof the past is significant. We have a fuller experience, enlargedfacilities for work, and a place in the confidence and esteem ofthe church and the nation that brings with it not only cheer andcourage but an added weight of responsibility.
We are, doubtless, on the eve of great events in the world ofmissions. He who has taught all Christendom of every sect and everyage to pray, “Thy kingdom come,” has never decreed such immensestrides in the material world as our eyes have seen, without apurpose to overmatch them all by spiritual achievements.
The current of events does not tarry; it rushes on more mightilythan ever. We may pray expectantly. We may accustom ourselvesto meditate upon vast plans for enlarged work in fields alreadyoccupied, and for new and fruitful enterprises in regions beyond.Such gifts from the living as have been bestowed by Mrs. Stone andMr. Seney, such legacies for missions as were left by Mr. Otis,reveal to us what floods may come when all things are ready, whilesuch revival waves as have swept over Madagascar and the Telagoopeople in India are earnests of the power of the Holy Spirit tosubdue speedily islands and continents to Himself.
Girt with the promises, and armed with all prayer and faith, weshall go forth to conquer. The day is dawning, the morning staris piercing the twilight, and dark night will shortly be rolledaway. Over the continents, over the islands, over the seas, victoryis watching and waiting to come; but tarry it will, tarry itmust, till we, or such as we ought to be, win the battle in God’sappointed way.
Heaven grant that the day of its coming be hastened gloriously, asnever before, by the efforts and events of 1882.
Our Annual Report for 1881 will soon be off the press andready for distribution. We shall be happy to forward it to any ofour friends who will send us their name and address, signifyingtheir wish to have it.
We are happy to give our readers in this number ofthe Missionary copious extracts from the Journal ofSuperintendent Ladd, who, at last reports, was at Cairo, Egypt, incompany with Dr. Snow, awaiting passage to Souakim, on the Red Sea.The reception they received in Egypt was very encouraging.
The Gospel in All Lands is to be published as a weekly,commencing with January, 1882. It will contain one-third of itspresent number of pages, but will undergo no other change. Theappearance of an illustrated missionary weekly, relying uponits subscription list for support, will mark a new and cheeringdeparture in the missionary literature of the times. We bid theenterprise Godspeed.
Our annual meeting discouraged, for the present at least,a movement for the establishment of a mission in China, underthe auspices of this Association, and in this it accorded withthe recommendations of the Executive Committee. But somethingmay ultimately be done in this direction, and that our friendsmay know more at length the facts in the case we publish in thisMissionary, Brother Pond’s earnest plea in its behalf.
A GOOD WAY TO DO IT.
A few months since, the cause of this Association was presentedto a church in Central New York, after which the minister incharge addressed the congregation substantially as follows: “Everyfamily belonging to this church must wish to give, according toits ability, to the cause which has been so clearly and ablypresented. In order that this may be brought about, I have placeda slip of paper in each pew, and desire that each family presentsubscribe the amount it will give, and state when the money willbe ready. At the close of the service I will gather the slips,and compare them with the church-roll. If any families have notresponded, I will take a carriage, if need be, and, before theclose of the week, call on those whose names have not been handedin, so no one shall fail to have an opportunity for assisting inthe great work of advancing the Redeemer’s Kingdom.” The resultwas a cheerful and liberal donation, made up probably from all thefamilies in the church. The clergyman who adopted this thorough andself-denying plan was a pastor from Nebraska, on an exchange for afew months with an Eastern brother. It fell out that he had trainedhis Western church in the method described above, until all itsmembers cheerfully rejoiced in it, and put it into practice on alloccasions when money was to be raised for either home or foreignobjects. So that, although his church numbered but eighty-five,its contributions to benevolent objects exceeded those of anyother Congregational church in the State. Moreover, this was notbrought about by neglect of things needful at home. A new organwas purchased at a cost of $1,000, the money being raised by thesame method. The blessing of Heaven was not withheld; seasons ofrevival strengthened the church, and its membership at present isover a hundred. The perseverance and fidelity of the pastor werenot overlooked. Where every one was schooled to give, it was aneasy matter to gather what was wanted to purchase a beautiful goldwatch as a Christmas present for the minister. The appreciation ofpastor and people was mutual—so much so that the church was ableto retain its minister, though he was repeatedly called to otherplaces, where a larger salary was offered.
We commend the example of this clergyman and his people to thelarge number of devoted pastors who are always prayerfully seekingfor—“A good way to do it.”
JOHN BROWN MEMORIAL STEAMER.
We call attention once more to the John Brown steamer. Scarcely aday passes that we do not receive contributions for it, and yet, asthe sums are small, it will require much more to furnish the amountneeded. As to the value of the steamer we give below a letter fromthe Rev. Geo. Thompson. No man in the world is a better judge thanhe of its necessity for the use of the mission. He was for manyyears a missionary at the Mendi Mission, was indefatigable in hislabors, made wide explorations in the regions round-about, exerteda vast and wholesome influence over the people, exposed himselfto the dangers of the climate, and only gave up the work on whichhis heart was so much set after the failure of the health of hisfamily. His gift, so large in his circumstances, for the John Brownsteamer is as strong an attestation of his appreciation of itsworth, as his earnest and eloquent words. Read his letter and helpus to complete the amount.
Dear Bro.—I notice the intention to build a steamerfor the Mendi Mission; Glory to God! My heart rejoices. This,more than almost any other human means, will help the mission.I well know the need of such a craft, having been back andforth so many times in canoes, sometimes old, leaky ones, andmy wife and many others have suffered greatly in those long andrough canoe voyages from and to Sierra Leone, often terribleand dangerous. Speed the steamer, and may the blessing of theLord rest upon the enterprise.
My heart leaps for joy at the prospect. I hasten to send myfirst earned money (by hard labor) since reading the lastMissionary, to help build this John Brown memorialsteamer. I send it with joy and thanksgiving.
In order that old and young may have a part in this work, we havearranged to issue four grades of shares, as follows: First Grade,$100; Second Grade, $10; Third Grade, $5; Fourth Grade, $1.
All donations for this purpose should be forwarded to H. W.Hubbard, Treasurer of the American Missionary Association, 56 ReadeSt., New York.
—The late George G. Fogg bequeathed $5,000 to Dartmouth College.
—Mr. Reed, of Boston, has given $10,000 to Hampton Normal andAgricultural Institute.
—The will of John Amory Lowell contains bequests to HarvardCollege amounting to $40,000.
—William Bicknell, of Philadelphia, has given $50,000 to theUniversity at Lewisburg, Pa.
—Wells College, Aurora, N.Y., receives a bequest of $100,000