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Instruction, which the Bâsle Institution affords to its Students. Mr. La Roche is, indeed, no more in this world; but has departed to his Rest before he could well set his foot on the soil of India. It is a call to you, to carry your lives in your hand; and to seek for grace, that whether you live you may live unto the Lord, or whether you die you may die unto the Lord. Your countrymen, Mr. Jetter and Mr. Deerr, are labouring with meekness and with zeal; and the Committee doubt not, from the reports which they have received of your spirit and character during your residence in the Society's House, that you are going forth with a single eye to the glory of your Heavenly Master.
They would, in conclusion, dismiss
you all to your respective destina. tions, with assuring you of their cordial affection and of their earnest prayers. The Kingdom of Christ is manifestly advancing in the world: to be rendered instruments in the establishment of that Kingdom is a high honour conferred on the servants of God. Such honour will you all have, if looking for the grace of the Holy Spirit, you labour, in every way and as the work of your lives, to call the perishing Heathen to a participation in that Mercy of God which is displayed through Christ Jesus our Lord to a sinful world. By Order of the Committee,
JOSIAH PRATT, B.D. Sec.
Church Missionary House, London, March 7, 1822.
Replies of the Missionaries to the Instructions of the Committee.
Rev. William Jowett.
IN reference to the Past, the Committee will allow me, on this occasion, to say but little. The result of my former employments will shortly appear in the Volume now ready for the Press. The Public will perceive all the imperfections of my work ; yet I am not greatly anxious on this account, because, from what I have already experienced in various quarters, I am persuaded that a candid and friendly spirit is ready to receive this fruit of much toil and of some suffering; and it will lead, I trust, to a more complete system of Research and Labour.
Looking back, however, upon the last six years of my life, I am constrained to acknowledge, so far as I am personally concerned, the Good Providence and Grace of Him, who has preserved and blessed me to this hour. Most truly can I say, I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth, which the Lord has shewed unto His servant 1
To this all-gracious Father, I desire to return thanks, for the care which Hehashad of me all my lifelong—for
the domestic blessings, which He has conferred upon me—for every measure of usefulness, which He has granted to us in our respective spheres —and especially for that kindness and indulgence, which we have experienced on all sides, during our present visit to our country: to this we attribute, under the Divine blessing, that degree of restoration to health and strength, which we now enjoy. With respect to the FUTURE, I most thankfully receive the suggestions which have been now addressed to me. I am fully persuaded, that the public mind is excited, and will be yet further excited, to a very high degree of interest, with regard to the countries bordering on the shores of the Mediterranean. But, looking to practical results, there are two considerations which press very deeply upon my feelings. 1. The first of these is, when, or in what manner, or at what part, that great door, and effectual, will be opened, at which the pure Gospel of Christ may make its triumphant entry. Glancing on the one side, we perceive that there are indeed great convulsions, both moral and political, as though the breaker had gone up before us. On the other side, we see none that move ; all, in Africa, seems still to lie buried in the slumber of ages. It is to the broken and contrite heart, that the righteousness of God by faith in Christ Jesus is revealed—where then, alas! shall we find individuals, families, households, communities, or nations, ready to embrace and to propagate the true spirit of the Gospel "Those only, who enter upon this Research, know the pang of looking around among millions of immortal beings, and counting but here and there one single known, tried, intelligent, and zealous Christian Brother. Where, in all this ample sphere, is the spot on which there rests the fulness of the blessings of the Gospel of Christ—or where is there even the door wide-opened for its reception ? 2. The second consideration is— When, or in what manner, Evangelists may be found, to meet the spiritual wants of these regions — either themselves to preach, or to excite others to preach, the truth as it is in Jesus. To what quarter must we look for this supply When, or in what manner, my Brethren in the Ministry, or our younger friends of the rising generation in our Universities, may be brought to meet the claims of the countries of this Mission on their devoted services, is a question which we respectfully ask of this Christian Nation; while we shall not cease importunately to implore, that the Lord Himself would stir up the hearts of His faithful people to this holy work. On these subjects, however, which might lead me to a length not suited to the present occasion, I forbear to dwell. I would rather now retire to my destination, entreating your fervent and effectual prayers for the success of our efforts, and for our own personal growth in grace, in every necessary gift, and in all things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. . However others, occupied at home,
may feel with respect to these things, it would be in me, who have been an eye-witness of the guilty, wretched, and degraded state of many parts of the Levant, most unpardonable, could I feel cold or lukewarm in this work. I know that it is a blessed service Oftentimes, even when bowed down with anguish and pity at the state of those whom I was visiting, I have yet experienced such strong and sustaining consolation, in contemplating and pleading and acting upon the promises of a Faithful God, that my spirit has been ready to say, “It is enough —One or another may sink : yet this work will not fail.” But I desire to feel yet more than this. Feelings of delight are, indeed,
through infirmity and sinfulness of
the heart, not always at hand to impel or to support the spirit: may I, then, and all united with me, feel—in every circumstance, in every emergency, at every turn—that necessity is laid upon us—that, if our hearts could betray us into a reluctance to lay ourselves out to alleviate those miseries which we have witnessed, there meets us a woe, far more tremendous than all the ills which we either feel or fear—and that it were better for us to die, than to suffer others to perish in ignorance and sin. What others may feel I know not: for myself, both the love of Christ to constrain, and the terrors of the Lord to compel me, are most necessary. Pray for us, then, Brethren, that the might and mercy of our Saviour may keep us faithful in His service. You know that no real progress can be made, nor can we even stand our ground, without the aid of the prayers of the Church of God. Without these, your labours and ours will utterly fail. We are, not sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves : but our sufficiency is of God. May He make us able Ministers of the New Testament 1 May He, through us, give life to all those who are now sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death : And, especially, when you contemplate me and mine as situated in that island which once hospitably entertained a shipwrecked Apostle—surroundcd by seas which he traversed, and nations to which he Jully preached the Gospel of Christ— call down a blessing upon us from on high, such as God himself will delight to give : not for our worthiness, but according to the unsearchable riches of His grace: by which He is able to do erceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power which workelh in us ; and which shall remain with His Church, working, conquering, and ruling, even to the end of the world. Rev. William Sawyer— Under the peculiarly solemn circumstances in which I, at this moment, appear before you—having been dismissed to my labours in a foreign and distant land—much will not be expected from me. It may be sufficient to say, that a knowledge of the deplorable state of a world lying in darkness, idolatry, and superstition, feeding on ashes instead of the bread of life, and worshipping the creature instead of the Creator; when contrasted with the privileges which the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has bestowed upon my own happy land—the infinite value of so many millions of immortal souls, passing into eternity in as quick succession as moments follow one another—added to the express command of our Lord, when about to leave the world which he had died to redeem, to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature—all combined to produce in my mind a case so strong in favour of the benighted Heathen, as to be irresistible. The more my mind was tempted to resist the evidence of Scripture and Fact, as to the miseries of the Gentile World, the weaker all its arguments appeared; and, after years of struggle between the flesh and the spirit, I was constrained to cry out, Here an I, Lord 1 send me.
The difficulties of the work I feel to be many; and, not unfrequently, my weak faith would persuade me that they are too mighty to be overcome : but I trust that I can feel, notwithstanding there are many enemies to be encountered in such a warfare, yet that the Captain of our Salvation is mightier. The work is, indeed, so mighty, that the words of Moses are often on my lips and in my heart— Ercept thy presence go with me, I cannot go; but the answer may well strengthen faith—My presence shall. go with thee, and I will give thee rest. The promises of God are sure to him who trusts and labours for Him: on these promises we would depend; and, on the strength of them, we would go forth — knowing that lie, who has commanded, Go ye into all the world, declared also, Lo / I am with you alway 1
We desire to commend ourselves to your prayers, that the work of the Lord may prosper; and that, at last, we may meet thousands and tens of thousands in heaven, who are now buried in the thick darkness of Paganism. I pray God that this Committee may ever feel His presence with them.
Rev. Jacob Maisch–
(In his own name and that of Mr. Reichardt.)
It is impossible for us, at such a solemn season — by which we are brought a step nearer to our Missionary Life, and to all the obligations of it, and stand at the brink of an entire separation from all those with whom we are united in love and in the bond of peace, and are about to enter into the darkness of Idolatry— it is impossible to express our feelings as we wish to do.
With grateful hearts we look up, this day, to our God and Father, for having called us to labour as His servants among the Gentiles, and to preach to them an everlasting redemption. His mercy has, indeed, abounded toward us: since the time in which we began to seek for our own salvation, He has been our Shepherd, our Guide, our Friend; and what is above all, He is our Redeemer. Him —the author and finisher of our faith, whose loving kindness has been seen in all His dealings with us, even under afflictions and trials—Him we wish to serve : for Him, we desire to spend our lives. His love has bound us, not to live henceforth to ourselves, but unto Him who died for us. With joy and gratitude, we receive the Instructions delivered to us; and we hope to labour in the field of the harvest according to them. But we do not presume to go out in our own strength. Had we only such a hope, all the prospects which we have, as servants of the Lord, would be darkened—our hearts would be filled with disquietude. The Lord, who is the allsufficient God, who strengthened and comforted our Brethren, who was their light in darkness and their Father and Preserver, He will likewise protect us, and be with us even to the end. He, who has sent Jesus Christ to save sinners, will assist us in all dangers and trials, so that we may say, The Lord is my helper, therejore shall I fear nothing. Our own experience, as well as that of our Brethren, has sufficiently taught us, that a Christian, and much more a Missionary, has always to depend on God; and that he has already relapsed, as soon as he thinks himself independent. We are persuaded, that the true source of being happy, is to derive all our strength, in humility and faith, from our Father and God, who knows what we need. The secret of labouring with blessing and success, is to sacrifice our own will, and to obey His ; and it was and is now our prayer, to become living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God, if so be that we may have a door of utterance to preach the mystery of Christ. In these expectations, we proceed to that part of the world, in which so many servants of our Lord have spent their lives—we proceed, in the full hope to enjoy His blessings, without
which all our endeavours would be in vain. We know, that the time draws near, when superstition, and ignorance, and infidelity, shall be trodden down — when Christ shall gather His people out of all nations, and reign from sea to sea. Oh, happy are we, to be employed by the Lord, when we see that time arriving, which is promised by the prophets of old. May He prepare us to be chosen vessels to bear Christ's Name before the Gentilest But, knowing the promises of God, we do not expect to labour without troubles and afflictions. We shall labour in the kingdom of darkness, and shall be tempted by the Prince of Darkness; but we look up to Him, who can and will save us from all evil and we look to that future glory, which is promised to His servants—for the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. May He only give us that patience and that perseverance which mark the Christian 1 May He teach us to walk by faith, until He open the hearts of those to whom we are sent 1 May He pour down upon us, in a rich measure, the grace of the Holy Spirit, whom we need every moment as a Comforter and Guide, to enable us to fulfil that Holy Office to which we have been called. In looking forward to our Stations, we consider it as a privilege to meet there so many friends of our Society, who may advise us, as Fathers and Brethren and Fellow-labourers in the same work of the Lord. May our God and Saviour bless us together, that, in all our doings, we may promote His glory ! We thank God for having brought us into connection with this Christian Society: and for the kind reception which we have experienced in this country, and for all the love which you have shewn to us." May the Lord, whose we all are, bless you in your own souls, and in your endeavours to promote His Kingdom. Under your protection, may many
faithful Labourers go forth to the benighted Heathen, and may He finally receive you to His eternal glory ! Especially are we indebted to the Rev. Mr. Bickersteth, with whom we have had the happiness to live. In his house, our spirits have been refreshed, our faith increased, our views enlarged, and our hopes cherished.
We commend ourselves to your fervent prayers, that we may be stedfast, immoveable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord, until our Saviour shall call us to be with Him in that place, where trials and temptations and labours cease, and where we shall see Him face to face, and praise God and the Lamb for ever.
Address to the Rev. W. Jowett and others, by the Rev. W. Dealtry.
row DEAR AND Rev. Breth REN
The occasion, on which we are at this time assembled, is one of the most solemn and interesting ever presented to us, even in carrying on the great work of this Christian Society. Our ordinary meetings in this place seem necessarily to be connected with matters of a secular nature; and, however important in themselves, are, in many respects, very distinct from the Meeting of this Day. All secular business is now completely excluded: here is nothing to interfere with the highest principles— nothing to check the flow of our best affections. In looking, possibly for the last time, upon those, who, for the sake of Christ and His Gospel, are leaving every thing that usually entwines itself around the human heart—their parents, their friends, and their cheerful home ; and are preparing to encounter the hardships and perils of a Christian Missionary, in various climates and in distant countries—we feel ourselves to be under the influence of no common sympathies. And when we further call to mind, what an occasion like this almost irresistibly suggests to us, the mighty interests which are connected with the labours of these Mimisters of Christ; when we consider how much (to speak after the manner of men), must depend upon the prudence and piety and zeal with which their labours are conducted ; and, especially, while carrying forward our view to the final result of their exertions, we ask, what accession will
be made, through their means, to that innumerable Company, to be gathered from all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, and what place they will themselves occupy in the resurrection of the just — there is something, in the association of these thoughts with our present solemnity, which must be deeply felt by every one among us. May the impression be as permanent, as it is salutary! and may it assist in leading us to the cultivation of that truly Christian Spirit; without which we can neither appreciate the excellence of our cause, nor conduct it in a manner becoming the Gospel of our Redeemer!
In commencing this Address to you, My Reverend and Beloved Brethren, by adverting to the solemnity of the occasion which now brings us together, I cannot but feel how great might be the benefit, both to you and to ourselves, if the duty, which, by the wish of the Committee, has devolved upon me, had been undertaken by someone of my Reverend Friends around me, who, from the maturity of his experience, from the weight of his name, the authority of age, and the station which he holds in the Church, is so much better qualified to discharge it. I will not, however, detain you with apologies; nor express much regret, that I have been rather unexpectedly called to this service. It is a considerable relief to my mind, that the records of this Society contain more than one Address, delivered under somewhat similar circum”, by Individuals