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labors, among thirty or forty At first, Mr. Kicherer attemppeople, first teaching them to ed to preach to them systematispell Dutch
The Lord was cally ; but he found little effect now pleased to send them a man from this. He then had reand his wife, who, understand- course to the method which the ing the language both of the Moravians found the most useHottentots and of the Dutch, ful, simply preaching the love became very useful to them as and death of Jesus Christ, and their interpreter, &c. The peo- inviting them to come to him, ple among whom he labored that they might have life. He were chiefly Boschemen ; the would tell them, how happy ha most savage and ferocious of found his own heart when the that country
The doctrine of love of God was shed abroad in a Supreme Being was entirely it; and would advise them to go unknown to them; they did not aside and pray that the Lord know they had immortal souls ; would teach them; and that he but were, in most respects, would cause them by his Spirit, “ like the beasts that perish." to know whether he was his Their habitations are generally messenger or not. among the rocks, where they For a considerable time he redig a small round den, about mained in painful uncertainty, three feet deep, which they whether his labors were blessed sometimes cover with reedsm to the real conversion of any of Here they spend most of their his hearers. Yet, in this situatime in sleep, except when rous, tion, he was enabled to leave the ed by hunger, when they sally matter with God-deşiring to forth in quest of some wild be faithful whether successful beasts ; but when unsuccessful or not. From that time, his lain this attempt, they make shift bors were greatly blessed. He to subsist upon snakes, mice or had the most undoubted eviwild onions : and such is their dence of the solid conversion of idleness, that rather than be at many souls. One of the first the pains of seeking food, they of these was a man, called John, will live several days together who was brought under deep without it!
convictions of sin; for he had The people being in general been a most notorious offender. afraid to come near an Europe - He lived bụt about five or six an, Mr. Kicherer was under the months after; during which necessity of tempting them at time his experience was wonderfirst, by giving them a little to. ful. His heart was wholly tabacco; of which they are ex- ken up with the love of Christ, travagantly fond. He would so that he could scarcely bear to then take the opportunity of speak of worldly things; and showing, that the great differ. he died rejoicing in the Lord, ence between the Christians and saying to his teacher, “I die, themselves, in the superior com- depending on the blood and forts enjoyed by the former, righteousness of Christ; I go to was occasioned by their knowl- heaven, and there I will wait for edge of God ; of whose nature you.”-His son, who came from and perfections they would hear a distance to see his dying fawith greatastonishment. ther, was also converted, obtain
ed his liberty from his master, 1 year, was indescribable; and and is now usefully employed as they are now eagerly wishing a school-master in the settle- his return by the month of ment.
March. No doubt, our readers Mr. Kicherer would some- will earnestly pray that their afo times take a walk in the fields, fectionate wishes may be gratifiand find, scattered here and ed, and that he may resume his there, prostrate on the ground, labors among them with abun. several of his congregation; and dant success. They are, how. some with a child in each hand, ever, supplied in the mean time, pouring out their souls to God by a faithful man of God, raised in the most lively and copious up in that country. strains. Thus was he encourage- This is a very slight sketch ed to go forward amidst his ar- of the wonderful work of God at duous labors. Before he left | Zak River: a full account conZak River to visit Europe, he taining a variety of particulars, had baptized about thirty-four interesting and remarkable in no adult persons, and fifty children. common degree, will, we hear, He had a stated congregation of be shortly published by the Diabout six hundred persons, in a rectors ; to which we refer our great measure civilized, and readers for a rich spiritual and dwelling together. He has a intellectual feast. building, a pretty large one for a The three Natives, who, for church. The unbaptized live the reasons mentioned in our behind his house in huts, a num- last number, accompanied Mr. ber of which, in a circular form, Kicherer to Europe, have, during inclosing their cattle, are called their residence in London, atKraals ; while the baptized in- tracted a considerable share of habit houses of the European the public attention. The proofs form, placed in front of his which they have given of mendwelling. He has had the un- tal power, and religious feeling, speakable satisfaction of per have been highly gratifying ceiving an universal change in both to the Philosopher and the the people, who have become Divine. They have been visi. literally, as well as spiritually, ted by people of very different creatures.
Those who descriptionsby Sir Joseph were so filthy, that a civilized Banks, as well as Mr. Rowland. person could scarcely approach Hill, by persons high in Office, them, are now clean ; instead of as well as Ministers of the gosbeing naked, or only covered pel; and all have declared theme with a dirty sheep's skin, they selves surprised and delighted. are now decently clothed ; and These three strangers, now $o those who knew not there was a gentle, intelligent and civilized, God, are become devout wor- were five years ago, like the shippers of God, and fervent rest of their tribe, as remote lovers of Jesus Christ; industri. from civilization, and as destious and obliging, bringing up tute of all moral sentiments and their offspring in the fear of the impressions, as fallen man, unLord. The concern of these der the dominion of the powers dear people in parting from their of darkness, can well be supposfather and pastor for a whole ed. On Monday, Dec, 12th,
they, and their much respected, laziness and filthiness :-he then pastor, took an affectionate leave proceeded to state the methods of their friends in London, and which he adopted to gain their proceeded to Gravesend, where attention, and to instruct them they embarked on the 21st for in the knowledge of the gospel; ; Holland, on their return home. together with the blessed sucThey were much impressed cess which the Lord has grawith the kind reception which ciously given to his labors; they met with in London, from some striking instances of which Christians of every rank and were mentioned. Mr. Kicherdenomination. Their names are, er's answers (being given in John Van Rooy; Mary, his imperfect English) were afterwife ; and Martha Arendse.- wards repeated from the pulpit. John is a pure Hottentot with- Three converted Hottentots, a out any mixture with another man, named John; his wife, nation ; and is a very sensible Mary; and an elderly woman, judicious Christian. Mary is a named Martha, were then seatsprightly woman, and very live- ed in the desk, where the conly when talking of religion.-gregation had an opportunity of She and Martha are called Bas. seeing them. Questions were tard Hottentots ;-one of their proposed to each, by the mediparents being Hottentot, and the um of Mr. Kicherer; and their other Malay.
answers being interpreted by him, were repeated by the Secre
tary. These answers were highThe T'HREE HOTTENTOTS.
ly satisfactory, and shewed that ON Monday, November 7, the labors of our dear brother at the Monthly Missionary Pray- had not been in vain. The fol. er-Meeting, held on that eve- lowing are some of the quesning, at the Scots Church, ţions proposed, with the subMiles's Lane, Canon Street, the stance of their answers* congregation was gratified with Q. What did you know of a spectacle as pleasing as it was God before the Missionaries ?
After the first prayer, A. We knew nothing at all of which was offered up by Mr. him ; we did not know there Voss, who was for some years was any Godt.-Q. What did the minister of a Christian con- you then think of yourself? A. gregation at Rodzand, in Africa, I thought I was like a beast; several questions were proposed and that when I died, there by the Secretary to Mr. Kich- would be an end.--Q. What erer, a native of Holland, who have you since learned about has been a sccessful Missionary, yourself ? A. I have since learnfrom the Society in Londo11, at ed that I am a poor wicked creaZak River, about 500 miles N. ture.Q. How is it possible that E, of the Cape of Good Hope. such a wicked creature can be His answers to these questions included a general account of * They had no previous intinzation the state in which he first found
what questions would be proposed to
them. the Hottentots of that country,
† Some of them venerate a kind of their wildness, their ignorance
walking leaf, which they will not of all religion, and their extreme hurt; and call it a God.
brought into friendship with love me.-Q. What will
do God? A. By the blood of Jesus when you go back to Africa ? Christ.-Q. But why should the A. I will tell all the people of blood of Jesus Christ bring you my country what a great many into that state? A. Because it friends there are in England who was the appointment of the Fa- love them; and how much they ther that he should bear our do pray for them.--Q. Have sins; and he rose again from you any thing to say to the unthe dead, to prove that his death converted people in this conwas accepted; so that now God gregation ? A. Yes; I would will pardon all our sins for his wish them to run to Jesus imsake.-Q. Did you first seek mediately Oh! it would be pity, Christ; or, did he seek you ? | if they who hear every day of A. Oh! I should never have Christ, should neglect him; and sought him, if he had not sought if they should
us poor me. -Q. Do you love the Lord Heathen, who have run to Christ, Jesus Christ? A. Oh, yes, I admitted into heaven, and they do! but not half enough : I themselves be thrust down into want to love him much more. hell! Oh, it would be a sad pity! Q. Is sin hateful to you? A.
The three Africans then sung, Yes; I hate it in my
and in a very agreeable manner, a yet, for all that, I do sin every day. | Hymn ; of which the following Q. Do you love the command- is a literal translation, in prose : ments of God? A. Yes; I love “O Zion's King! thou Son of them much in my heart; but God, exalted on the Father's there is something within me throne, I cast myself down bethat keeps me from doing them fore thee; and pray for spirit as I would : Jesus Christ has and for life, for thy church and done so much for me, I grieve dear bride, living here on earth, that I cannot do more for him. at a distance from her divine Q. What are now your chief Lover, her Head, her Comfort, desires ? A. I wish to give up
the Prince of Life, for whom my heart entirely to Jesus she ever and ever longs! Oh, Christ.-Q. Are you thankful that I might find thee? to the Missionary Society for “ Most of all, O King of Sion! sending Missionaries to your / I implore thee, for so many country ? A. I am desirous to dead souls! Oh, make thy peothank God for inclining them to ple fall down before thee, by do it; and I would thank them thy Spirit ! By thy power, too, but I know not how to do it, draw all those unto thee, for for want of words.--Q. Do you whom thou didst say, “It is think that Christ will correct finished !” Make the deaf ears his children when they offend
to hear the voice of thy power him; or will he cast them quite and of thy glory, that it may
be away ? A. He will correct them; said of Sion, “ This and that but not throw them away.
He man was born there." who loved me from all eternity, “ Fountain of Life! Almighty knew before how bad I should God ! it is the Spirit's influence be ; but that did not hinder him we crave ! Oh, exert the power from loving me; and it is now of thy love upon the hearts of impossible he should cease to many men ! Bring Tyrants, Vol. V. No. 4.
Philistines and Moors, by the certainly not mistaken. We unword and the Spirit, into the derstand, that when he commenright way; and let hell tremble ced his work at Zak River, he at thy work! Rescue, by thy found only thirty-six inhabitants: divine power, the vessels of the people in general roamed grace from Satan's might; and about the country like wild bid the dead to live !"
beasts in quest of prey. But by It is easier to conceive than to his judicious management, about describe the sacred pleasure 600 persons were brought, and which filled the minds of a large in a great measure kept togethassembly of Christians, when He has been indefatigable they thus beheld “ Ethiopia in instructing them, both by stretching forth her hands to preaching and catechizing.-AGod," and heard some of Afric's bout 300 are now worshippers tawny race singing the praises of God, and he has no doubt of of our common Lord. Indeed, the real conversion of about forty; the voice of joy and praise was even the little children can give uncommonly loud and fervent a good reason of the Christian when the congregation sung hope! It is worthy of observathat doxology, “Praise God, tion, that when these poor Affrom whom all blessings flow !" ricans are enlightened, a great and, we trust, a sincere tribute change takes place in their outof praise was offered up to ward conduct and appearance. God, who had thus granted to Those who before were almost the Heathen “Repentance unto naked, clothe themselves with life."
decency; from being extremely We are informed, that the filthy they learn to be clean ;Hottentots were not brought to and from that laziness which Europe by order of the Direc
prevails among them while tor's. Mr. Kichcrer having oc- Heathens, they learn to be dilicasion to return to Holland on gent, and to cultivate the earth domestic affairs, was willing to
for their subsitence. Thus, comply with the desire of the while the gospel brings to them Africans themselves, who, with a spiritual salvation, it becomes others of the converts, have also the mean of civilizing, we long and earnestly wished to as- might also say, of humanizing certain, whether the doctrines them; and this affords an adtaught by the Missionaries, dional argument for missionary were the general sentiments of zeal. Surely, it may be said, at European-Christians ! it having this time, “What hath God often been suggested by the wrought ?" white settlers, that the religion taught them by the Missionaries Mr. Kicherer intends to rewas not the same as that general- turn with the Hottentots, very ly received in Europe. Mr. shortly, to Africa, where his Kicherer also judged, that it congregation greatly longs for would be highly gratifying to
appears by letters the friends of the gospel, both lately received. He will proin Hoiland and England, to be-bably be accompanied with adhoi! a specimen of the fruits of ditional laborers. bis labors ; in which he