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of the inhabitants of the earth. Thus, for instance, for a Finnish tribe,a Tschuvaschian version of the four Gospels has been prepared ; for another Finnish tribe, a Tscheremissian version of the whole New Testament has been made. For 4000 or 5000 Livs who inbabit West Courland, a version of Matthew in Lettish characters, has been provided. For the people at the south-east corner of the Caspian Sea, a Jaggatai Tartar version of the same Gospel, and for the Jews dwelling in Persia, a Judaeo-Persic version of the four Gospels in Hebrew characters; a Nepaulese version of the New Testament
for the Kingdom of Nepaul ; for 1,200 Protestants of Uvea and two tribes in New Caledonia, an Iaian version of the New Testament and Psalms has been prepared, &c., &c. The Society's operations are thus extending to the uttermost parts of the earth, insomuch that, in a few years' time, it may become literally true, that by means of this and kindred agencies, there shall be no speech nor language where the voice of God, in His written Word, shall not be heard. Thus, and by the preaching of the Gospel of His grace, shall the kingdom of God's dear Son be extended until 'all nations shall serve Him.'
THE BIBLE IN FRANCE AND SPAIN. On Monday evening, August 9th, a meeting of a deeply interesting character was held in the Temperance Hall, Ipswich.
Mr. S. K. BLAND presided ; and, after briefly alluding to the extensive opening of doors for Gospel testimony in various parts of the Continent, introduced Mr. W. Greene, C.E., who has for many years had the superintendence of railway construction in Spain and France, and who has also, for the greater part of that period, been actively engaged in the distribution of of God's Word and, in various ways, making known its truths. Mr. Greene gave a delightful account of the ready and eager way in which the Scriptures were accepted and read, and the preaching of the Gospel attended, in halls and other places opened for the purpose in Paris, Marseilles, Toulon, Barcelona and other large towns, in the face of fierce opposition by the Priesthood.
When 21 years of age, he went out and had to do with making the first tunnels on the Paris and Rouen Railway. But he fell into bad company, and the Bible his mother had put into his box was forgotten. He spent his leisure time at the opera and other places of dissipating pleasure. In Paris, however, he received both conviction of sin and great deliverance of soul; then Paris was changed for him. No more theatres; but he read his Bible through, and found it "sweeter than honey;" and he immediately began telling the people on the Boulevards what God had done for his soul. Then he went to Spain, soon
after his conversion, and longed to bear witness of the same there also. In 1868 all Spain was opened to the Gospel. He had prayed for fifteen years for one witness there, and God sent Manuel Montemaros. .-" This was God's way. He converts a crooked engineer in Paris, and sends him to make the way of salvation known in Spain.” Testaments were freely and extensively bought. About the same time De Sanctus, studying the Scriptures, was led into the truth and began preaching at Turin.
In 1854 Francis Garnet, a lawyer, from Barcelona, heard the Word and was converted. He saw the texts inscribed on the Waldensian Church there_"The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin," &c., and he found it so. This man was imprisoned three years in Barcelona, and afterwards removed to Gibraltar. Matamoros was at Gibraltar. There he prayed earnestly for the jailor's wife, who was grievously sick, and God raised her up. In Don Manuel he saw a Christian indeed -a man of amazing fervour in prayer. He had received, to advance his work, no less than £2,000; but he found him in the prison, living on hard fare, with no luxury-no alleviation—and he wondered what had become of the money. He found, from other evidence than his own, that he had distributed the whole amongst those who were in need through their confession of Christ and in other ways to promote His cause. Then he died; but he was blessed to open his country for other labourers. Mr. Greene visited him on his death-bed, when he said to him, joyfully—“I shall not be long gone before you see my country opened to the Gospel. There was war to the knife against it; but the seed had taken root. “That's the way God does when He means to do great things."
A young Priest, M. Revelieu, said to him, in conversation one day, “I am not a Christian, but I wish I was one.” Mr. Greene wrote to him and prayed for him; he became converted—went into the pulpit and confessed his hope in Christ alone. He wrote a book which was eagerly read, has passed through several editions, and has been of vast service in enlightening many. Since then there has been progress of the work of God in Paris, where forty preaching places have been opened, as well as in other parts of France.
At Marseilles 4,000 tracts were distributed on the first day he was there, but 80,000 were needed, and he had no means of obtaining them. He prayed that he might not have to ask for this, and, going to Cannes, he called on Baron Hambro, an immensely rich man, whom he had slightly known; the Baron, without asking, gave him two hundred franc notes. A Scotchman present gave him three, and he had double the amount he needed. He at once got 55,000 put into the hands of the people, marvellously escaping prevention by the police ; then he met one policeman, to whom he walked up and gave him a tract, which was received courteously. Now seven halls are opened for preaching in that town!
MONSIEUR Magsis, a recent convert from Popery, from Toulon, then related in French some of his experience of Christian work in that city, the centre of shipbuilding in the South of France, where, until recently, there had been only one or two Protestant places of Worship, and no attempt to spread the Gospel around.
On July 25, 1879, the first hall was opened there for preaching. It would contain 150 persons, and had been filled every time it was open since.
A month later another ball, accommodating 250 to 300 people, was opened, and this
also was filled to the doors. And not only so, but many who came had been savingly converted to God and remained faithful. In some cases whole families have confessed themselves on the Lord's side and found peace in Christ: One aged woman from Africa, in her 72nd year, took down her statue of the Virgin and
pictures of saints and took the Bible as her companion. A very young man received à Testament, and, through its perusal, was converted. His mother for. bade him and took the book from him, but he obtained another, is still studying it, and longs to make it known to others.
Many drunkards have been reclaimed; and now a sailor's coffee-house is about to be opened in Toulon.
Schools have been commenced in all the preaching halls, which are well attended by the children of Romanist parents. The priests preach and cry out against all this, but the more they do so, they stir up the people to come and hear. The ignorance of the people is very dense. M. Massis gave the Gospel of Matthew to a waiter at an inn; he read it, and then said—“This is a very beautiful book-are you the author of it?" Another said« Is that the Gospel ? Ah, then you are a Protestant; I am glad to see you, for our priest said every Protestant had two horns growing out of the head and five from the mouth." After reading the crucifixion of Jesus one exclaimed—“ Oh, I thought the three crosses meant the three persons of the Trinity!” Such darkness causes us great sorrow of heart, and shews what need there is for the Gospel. 25,000 Gospels have been distributed in Toulon ; and now many of the authorities are much in favour of the work, and sanction the opening of the halls. This is felt to be in answer to much and fervent prayer, and is cause for great praise and encouragement to labour
The people also manifest great love for these evangelists.
CHINTADREPETTAH BAPTIST SABBATH
SCHOOL. The following is copied from the Madras Mail, of Monday, July 12th :-“The an. niversary meeting of this institution was held on Thursday evening last, in the Baptist Chapel at Chintadrepet. After a pleasant repast of tea, cakes, &c., by the children, a public meeting was held, prosided over by the Rev. H. F. Doll, the pastor of the church. Several hymns were sung by the children, the most deserving of whom received prizes. The chairman made some introductory re. marks, and the secretary read the report
. It expressed gratitude for the encourage. ment received during the past year. The progress and present
position of the school
were considered satisfactory notwithstand. ing the strong opposition brought to bear against it. A library has been established in connection with the school. After the reading of the report, suitable and interesting addresses were delivered by Mr. Tindale to the children, and by Mr. Chatterton to their parents; these were followed by remarks from the chairman. The meeting was well attended.
WATFORD. The 12th anniversary of the opening of Beulah Chapel was commemorated on Monday, August 2nd. Although the morning of the day came in with heavy showers and looked threatening, shortly after 11 o'clock the rain ceased, and we were favoured with fine weather through the rest of the day. Notwithstanding the somewhat unfavourable circumstances of the morning, by a little after 11 the chapel was quite filled by friends from different quarters, and by our own people, when our good brother, Mr. John Hazelton, came up, under the sacred anointing power of the Holy Ghost, and preached a full weight, comprehensive, and comforting discourse from the words contained in Mark vii. 37,
-“He hath done all things well,"—opening up and setting forth the sweet mystery of the mighty acts of our Great Lord Jesus in creation, providence, and grace. It was a time of refreshing both to sower and reapers,
Our kind and affectionate friend and Brother Anderson in the afternoon preach. ed from Jno. x. 28,—“And I give unto them eternal life," &c.—dwelling on the person, love, and power of the Good Shepherd, the great gift, the evidences and fruits of a reception by the sheep, and their consequent safety and stcurity. The place was very full, and the heat great; but the sheep fed, and were well entertained. In the evening our Brother Anderson preached again a very instructive and encouraging sermon from the words in the Proverbs of Solomon,—“The rich and the poor meet together : the Lord is the Maker of them all.” Variety in the church, unity in Christ and with one another, and divine sovereignty in their constitution were the topics of the evening. As usual, we had friends to meet and greet us in the name of the Lord from London, Aylesbury, Bedmond, Harrow Weald, Berkhampstead, and other places. It was a day spiritual profit
and pleasure; and we hereby take the opportunity of thanking all our dear friends for their presence and halp.
It may not be out of place here just to state the present interesting position of the cause here, and what the Lord has been pleased to do for us in this large and constantly increasing town. During the eight years' pastorate of Brother Burrell the church has gradually increased from 7 or 8 members to upwards of 100, several of whom have been removed in providence and by death. Our present congregation averages from 130 to 160; besides which the Sabbath-school has increased to the number of 140 children, or more. А schoolroom has been erected and paid for, and the debt on the present building paid; so that the present chapel and schoolroom are free, but quite insufficient to meet the present attendance, much less to afford any room for growth. Under these circumstances, a committee has been formed, and steps have been taken towards a larger place. Amongst our own friends money has already been raised, and ground purchased immediately opposite our present chapel, with a view of building a more commodious place of worship, retaining our present chapel and schoolroom for the use of our growing school. And this we hope to do as soon as we can see our way clear to go forward. Hitherto we have made no outward appeal for help, but are now much in need of wisdom, encouragement, and help to go forward. It is desirable that a considerable amount towards the building should be obtained before a step is taken in that direction ; and as our many friends will see we have done all we could amongst ourselves to help ourselves hitherto, should any of the Lord's more favoured ones in providence feel inclined to render us some pecuniary aid, it will be received with pleasure and gratitude, and as a token from the Lord to encourage us to move forward, by the pastor, Mr. Geo. Burrell, or by Mr. C. Goodson, both of Queen's-road, Watford.
MEOPHAM, KENT. The pastor, Mr.W. K. Squirrell, and his flock were much encouraged on July 20th, it being the fifty-second anniversary of the cause. Brother Shepherd, of London, preached two sermons with much power and unction. Brother J. Box preached in the evening, with the dew of hoaven upon his soul, and many were compelled to say, "Master, it is good to be here.” Collections were good; and altogether we have much to thank God for, and to incite us to earnest effort in the Redeemer's cause.
he wished the pastor and church the blessing of God. Mr. Collins, deacon, on behalf of the church, expressed gratitude to the Lord for sending them a pastor.
Foot's CRAY, Kent. In Life and Light for August is the fol. lowing “ Memorandum" by the Editor, R. E. Sears :
Lord's-day, July 4th, was the third anniversary of our pastorate at Foot's Cray. We have preached, by God's help, the grand old gospel of sovereign grace, and we have kept the ordinances as they were delivered by the Master. We have seen many changes ; faith has been tried, but sinners have been saved, and we are encouraged to press forward. We have served a good Master, and with a grateful heart we erect our 'Ebenezer' to His praise. For the loving sympathy we have had, for the many true friends God has given us, we thank Hin. looking for greater things—for the conversion of many sinners, for the enlargement of our place of worship, and the greater manifestation of the Saviour's glory. “Is anything too hard for the Lord ?” “ Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.'' ren, pray for us: the God of heaven, He will prosper us.
CLAPHAM: EBENEZER CHAPEL, WIRTEM
BERG-STREET. Our anniversary services on July 21st were not wanting in that zest which has characterised our former ones for so many years past. The attendance was exceed. ingly good both afternoon and evening, and upwards of 120 friends sat down to
Our brother Styles presided at the afternoon meeting very kindly and efficiently; and, in the unavoidable absence of our brother Chas. Hill, preached in the evening with much acceptance.
The speeches in the afternoon by brethren Meeres, Reynolds, Hands and Shepherd, were very spiritual and full of brotherly sympathy. We have also recently baptized two brethren, and have had added to us two other friends, and have applications from three others, one for baptism and two by dismission. The good Lord be thanked.
On the following Sunday our brother McCure was well heard by many friends.
MAIDSTONE, KENT. INTERESTING services in connection with the settlement of Mr. George Webb, at Providence Chapel, were held on Wednesday, July 28th.
In the afternoon brother Meeres preached from James i. 17: speaking of the Lord as the great Giver of gifts. One of his good gifts to his church was a pastor. A pastor was not a perfect, but a good gift, and should be treated as such.
Tea was enjoyed by a large number of friends.
In the evening a public meeting was convened, when friends from Boro' Green, Town Malling, Ryarsh, Sutton, Meopham, Gravesend, and London, were present.
Brethren Dalton, Youdan, Griffith, Squirrel, W. Webb, Holland, and Woods, took part in the meeting.
The former pastor, our venerable brother Lindley, gave a pleasing account of his labours at Providence for 15 years. Age and infirmity compelled him to resign. His heart was with the friends still, and
STOWMARKET: BAPTIST NEW CHAPEL.
Two brethren were baptized, Lord's-day, 1st August. They were both married and their wives members. It was a pleasing sight to see the wives and their children witness the sacred and solemn ordinance administered.
There are others eligible, but they are waiting for a miracle to be wrought (as many more are in other places); but we believe there will be no other miracle than this, the sweet soft voice of the Spirit ; “ This is the way-walk ye in it.”“ Through floods and flames, if Jesus load,
I'll follow where He goes;
G. G. WHORLOW.
Dr. Wenger, one of the oldest and most prominent missionaries in Calcutta, died at that place on the 20th ultimo, in his 69th year. His special work had been that of translating the Bible into the Sanscrit and Bengali languages
. His version of the Bengali
is used by all
denom. inations of Christians in Bengal. He went to India in 1839, and belonged to the Baptist Missionary Society.-Daily News.
The outline of a Sermon preached at Eden Chapel, Cambridge, Aug. 1st, 1880,
By J. JULL.
“ Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the
disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.”—Matt. xxvi. 36.
Let us go back with our thoughts nearly 1,900 years to one particular Thursday evening and night-one of the most memorable evenings in the world's history. Jesus had just now finished His last discourse, and His farewell prayer with His disciples. Do we not somewhat wish we had been there, to have heard that sincere, pure, earnest, loving prayer drop from His sinless lips just on the eve of His suffering?
How full of might and power does that one sentence even now reach us : “For their sakes I sanctify myself ;” or, for their sake I consecrate Myself to Thee in My death as a holy offering, for I am both the High Priest and sacrifice, that they may be holy through the truth:
According to the immemorial custom to mingle songs of praises to God with their feasts at the passover, which were from the 113th Psalm to the 118th, they had already sang the first two, and now the last fitly began, “Not unto us, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory; for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake," and closed with the 118th Psalm, “Blessed be He that cometh in the name of Jehovah." And now all was over, and the eleven, following their Master, went out into the night. And now we see them on their way to Gethsemane. Observe the conversation on their way to the garden-Jesus breaks the silence by saying, “All ye sball be offended
because of Me this night." How strange, how surprising must this language have been to them! They be offended with Him! why we can imagine their feelings, and mentally saying—We be offended ! we love thee too much.—Thou hast now our hearts—we never can leave Thee or forsake Thee. He now tells them what is written of Him: “I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad." But, although there His sufferings and death are foretold, yet there is hope_life beyond. "After
“ I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.'
We now come to Peter's answer to our Lord's statement respecting Himself: “Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet will I never be offended." Here we see a display of Peter's ignorance of his own weakness, and his impetuosity, yet at the same time a loving heart to his attached Lord and Master.
Jesus answers with an assurance that he will, and also gives the time-by the cock crowing he will have denied him thrice. Ah, Jesus knows our weakness and failings, if we do not; and when we repent over them, and turn to Him with a contrite soul, how ready He is to heal and forgive !
Peter still continues in the same mind, and so also the rest of the disciples. No. 574.--OCTOBER, 1880.