Puslapio vaizdai

get into heaven, and Protestants will be severely punished at the last day. I replied "That the Virgin Mary is not God, or to be worshipped. She is a human creature like one of


"The woman answered, That though Holy Mary is not God, still she possesses Divine attributes. She is immaculate.' 'Nay,' said I, 'these things are not found in the Word of God-they are mere inventions of the Popes of Rome.'


"Another Roman Catholic woman said to me,Your church has no candles, and our priests have forbidden us to listen to your preaching.' I told her That Christ is the Light of the World and also of His Church. Why do we require candles in the daytime, when He has set His sun in the heavens?

[ocr errors]

"Dispensary. Read to the women present Matthew v. One old and partially-blind Hindu woman requested me earnestly to read God's Word to her as often as possible. She said, 'Read God's Word to me, as it comforts me, and leads me into the path to heaven. I am anxious, in this old age, to trust in Jesus, for I have nothing else to lean on, and I want to become His servant.'

"Another Hindu woman asked me to receive her and her two children into Christianity, and to support them through life. I told her that Christianity does not give any curry and rice to those who embrace it. It only leads them to the true and living God, and His Son Christ Jesus, and shows them the path to heaven. It does not promise to its devotees any earthly indulgences.

"Another said, 'My child is suffering from asthma, and I have made vows to several gods without any improvement in the child. I was told about the fame of this dispensary, so I have repaired hither for medical attendance. What is the name of your God?' I told her Christ Jesus. 'I would bring to this Jesus an offering of flowers, frankincense, and candles, provided He would make my child well.' I told her that Jesus does not require such offerings-He requires only our hearts.' "One woman told me that she was educated in a Missionschool, and when she was about to embrace Christianity her relations got her married to a Hindu. She says, 'I fully

[ocr errors]

believe that Christianity is the only true religion, and I am a follower of Christ at heart. I shall try my best to follow Him openly, though I may meet severe persecution from my husband and relatives. I am only rather sorry about my children, for I think they may be taken away from us.' I told her that she must love the Saviour more than her children or relations, for He has laid down His life for us sinners, &c.

"A Roman Catholic woman said to me: 'I am afraid to sit beside you and hear your reading. I was told that you have some medicine in hand to entice us into your religion, and you are paid for it.' I was surprised to hear this, and told her that I had no medicine in hand to entice her to the true religion except the Bible, which is the Word of God. My business is to read this Bible to you and the heathen, and to show you the folly of idolatry, image worship, and other errors.' She told me that she should not be afraid to sit by me in future.

"This idea of conveying Christianity by medicine is not uncommon (says Mrs. Porter). Some years ago I was anxious to gain access to the women of a village where the Gospel story had not been told. I knew the way to gain a woman's ear was to touch her heart through her children. So one day, taking my own little girl with me, I went in a palanquin to the village with a good supply of sugar-candy, of which the children are very fond, and may eat without fear of losing caste. When I began to distribute this the children soon gathered round, and then the mothers, so I had a good congregation to whom the 'old' but to them new-story of the Saviour's love was told.

"The next day it was widely reported that the padre's lady had been to Busni-Konda, had given 'mitti' (or sweets) to the children, and had mixed with it Christian powder, and that now it was greatly feared that they would all become Christians and lose caste.

"The report spread to another village, where an old woman of great influence among the people said: 'Aye, aye, let her come to our village if she dare! I will take care she never

comes here.'


This seemed to me an indication that I should go, so a few days after I went, but took no sugar-candy.

"As soon as the sound of the bearers was heard out rushed the woman, and, coming to the palanquin, she said, in a very angry tone,

[blocks in formation]

"To see you and make my salaam, and ask after your welfare.'

“We don't want you; you can go.'

"Thank you. But I would like to see some of your people and speak kindly to them.' So stepping out of the palanquin I walked up the village. The young women and girls were most curious to see a white lady and a little girl. They were soon told to go and cook the rice, and not be standing looking at that lady, probably thinking that some evil would come by even looking.

"I went to see a woman who had a sick child, and asked, 'How is your poor child?'

"Very sick, but we don't want your medicine.'

"Various other little conversations were held; and after being told I had better go, the buffaloes and bullocks were coming, and that it would soon be dark, and so on, I left them, but ultimately the inhabitants of that village sent to ask that some of the girls from our school might go and read to them the new Shastra, and the Gospel was eventually received. And even now kindly inquiries are made from that village after the missionary and his wife, and the people are no longer in fear of being injured by the administration of Christian powder.'

[ocr errors]

"J. P."

Mary Wesley seems to have become somewhat depressed and discouraged by the opposing answers of the dispensary patients, added to which her love fears to go forth to them because she feels she shall probably never see them again. Her excellent missionary son now proposes that she should go to work for six months among the cooly women on the hills while they are planting coffee. She knows their language, and they will be likely to receive her gladly. The fresh air may also restore her zeal and energy.


REPORTS have been received from South India of our ten Bible-women, who are located as follows:

One at the Medical Mission, Madras.

One at the Coffee Plantation, Conoor.
One at Cuddapah.

One at Budwail, Cuddapah District.
One at Nundiall, Kurnool.

Two at the Medical Mission, Neyoor.

Three at Trevandrum, Travancore.

Very favourable accounts are given by those who kindly supervise their work, of the effect produced upon the minds of many poor, ignorant ones by the reading of the Word of God.

The women who are employed in the famine district have seen much suffering and sorrow, and have often carried comfort for those in the greatest distress.

It may be interesting to know what has been done by the Bible-women in and around


Suvisashum says :— -" At Baukapett about half-a-dozen women sat near a house lamenting over the famine, and saying, 'In these hard days we sometimes wish to drown ourselves in a well rather than suffer thus with hunger. The price of grain is so high that even when we are paid for the relief-work we have not enough to keep us alive.' Many were the sad words they said. I tried to comfort them, and asked them to listen while I read to them part of John vi., and told them to be more anxious about their souls; to which they replied

"What you say is very good, but we can't help our hunger.'

"I left them, after doing what I could to soothe their sorrows.

"At another village I cannot describe the wailings of the women. Poor things! their houses had been burned down; some one had set fire to them while they were absent from their homes on relief-work. I tried to comfort them, but could not, as they were overwhelmed with great



Here, also, I saw women and children half-naked, skeletons. They told me their griefs until my heart was pierced. I could only read to them some comforting words.

"I was very glad to have had the opportunity of taking the Gospel to the camp. May God bless the seed sown in the minds of these poor people."


From Bathsheba we receive the following account of a peaceful death in the camp :

She says:-"Among the women I have often visited was one of the shepherd caste, whose case I must mention. I always found her very attentive to all that I used to tell her about our Saviour. When sick, I supplied her with medicine, and often prayed with her. After a time she was admitted to the feeding-house, where thousands from all parts of the district were collected, and, I regret to say, contracted fresh disease there, and died. How gladly she used to welcome me whenever I went to see her at her own abode. She once remarked to me, 'I cannot but think of Jesus; He has healed nie when ill; and often, when starving, He has, in some way or other, given me to eat. He has not left me to perish. Above all, He has washed me from my sins in His own blood.' I believe she is now with Jesus. I was told by some who were near her when dying, that in her last moments the name of Jesus was continually on her lips."

Bathsheba further says:-"In my own village I said to the women, 'How many have died from famine and disease, but we have been spared.'


"Yes,' replied some, we have indeed been mercifully spared, and permitted to see one another again.'

"Others said, "All our relations are dead, and we are left desolate.'"


Hepsibah says:-"Lutch-Aruma, the anxious inquirer, of whom we wrote when I was prevented from visiting her, would come to our house and drink in with avidity the words of Him who 'spake as never man spake.'

"A week after I left Madras she came down to my brother's house. Anxiously had she looked for me those seven days, and unable to bear the suspense longer, she at last visited our house. She expressed great disappointment at my absence, and my sister-in-law asked her, 'Shall I read to you from the Book?'

"To this she thankfully assented, saying 'Yes, let me hear again the loving words of the World-Redeemer.'

"Of course my sister complied with her request, and an hour was spent in reading and conversation, after which she left, with her spirits cheered and her heart greatly comforted. She still continues to give proofs of her love to the Saviour.


Thevia, at Neyoor, writes of a visit to the house of the Thusiluar (government officer) "When I entered the house this gentleman asked

[blocks in formation]

"I replied, "I am a Bible-woman, employed by Dr. Thomson.'

"He then tested my Bible knowledge, and when he found that I

« AnkstesnisTęsti »