China Inland Mission.

China's millions (Volume 1877) online

. (page 40 of 41)
Online LibraryChina Inland MissionChina's millions (Volume 1877) → online text (page 40 of 41)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

telling of His love to those who know nothing of it.

" Miss Huberty and I have done a little visiting with our woman
servant, who is I am happy to say a Christian. She cannot read,
but I am now teaching her. I find her very slow in this, and
my patience is often put to the test. In other things she is
bright ; she has an intelligent knowledge of gospel truth, and so
she is a great help in speaking to the women. I hope she will
make a good Biblewoman. Will you ask prayer for her, and
also for the other Christians who are here for instruction and
training — two young men, and one older man with his wife — that
they may all be taught of the Lord. Mr. Pearse has a
Bible-class with them daily. We are very desirous that
some in this city besides those in our own household should be
truly converted, and so witness for the Lord outside. Lately we
have been praying much for this ; will join us? There are one or
two enquirers.

"We much want to see something done for the children, but
the way is not plain. As a beginning, I am teaching my woman's
child, who is thirteen years of age. May she be one of the first-
fruits among the young ! She takes great delight in learning
hymns, and repeats what I tell her to the children round her home."

MISS CRICKMAYwritesfrom Yang-chau,on June 8th:—
" Thank you very much for your last remittance, received per
Miss Huberty. The fact that it is the ' fruit of many prayers '
makes it all the more precious ; for it reminds us so of the watch-
ful care of our ever living, ever loving Lord. Miss Home is staying
with me here, taking Miss Hughes' duties. The latter was really
needing a change, and returned with Mrs. Bailer for a little stay
at Nankin. Miss Home is getting on quite happily with the
girls, and I am so pleased to have her here. How much we have
to praise God for His goodness in answering prayer, and giving
so much blessing at the Shanghai Conference ! Surely it is the
earnest of yet greater things !

" We were quite rejoiced by the glorious showers of rain that
came down last night and this morning ; more particularly be-
cause we had been very specially praying for it. We are asking
for still more, if it be His will. We hear sad news of the suf-
ferings of many through famine- But the spiritual famine is, oh !
so much worse, is it not ? And yet how slow we are to realise
it ! I think, however, that difficulty will not be felt so much by
us by-and-by when we get more fully into work ; for whenever I go
out I get stirred up. I cannot help feeling that the Lord has
helped me very much with the language, although just now I
have not a great deal of time for study.

"We continually remember you in prayer, Mr. Taylor; also
those who are travelling with you. It is so sweet to know that
we are all serving under one Master — and such a Master, whose
love is so gracious, so free, and so enduring ! "

MISS HORNE writes from Yang-chau, on June 29th : —
" You will be glad to hear God is making known His. goodness
and love to us, and we feel sure there is great blessing in store
for us. It is so good to be able to rejoice in the Lord. I do
feel His hand has led me here for good at this time. He has so

manifestly helped me ; and Miss Crickmay is most helpful to me.
She is traly devoted and unselfish.

" I have now been in Yang-chau more than six weeks, Miss
Hughes being away at Nankin the last three. I have taken
her duties with the children. On the whole they have given very
little trouble ; and I have been encouraged by seeing two of them
decidedly improving. I have been greatly helped in this
matter. When I undertook it I felt very doubtful as to how I
should manage it ; but I felt sure God would have me do it, so
I looked to Him for strength for it, and He has not disappointed
ine. The girls are very fond of singing ; some of them, even
little ones, catch up the tunes very quickly ; others remember
the w^ords more easily. They know seven or eight hymns now,
and sing them nicely if they have any one to lead them. I prefer
hearing them to the boys, who certainly think a volume of sound
is the great thing."

^^ MISS KNIGHT writes from Chin-kiang, on June 28th :—
"Our living Lord sees and hears the tears and groanings of
heart of His servants for the slowness of these poor heathen to
accept and understand the matchless worth of Christ for them.
' Ambassadors for Christ ' is a glorious and honourable position,
but oh ! do pray much that faithfulness to our Lord may be legibly
inscribed on each day. Our seven dear children get on beautifully,
so healthy and happy. We have had no sickness among them
for a long time, which is such a comfort.

" Before going to the Conference I had reading and prayers with
the girls and women every evening, and enjoyed it so much,
though I had to make great preparations in the afternoon. I
have not been able to do much visiting for the last few months,
as I have an unsuitable woman, which is a great drawback. She
knew nothing of the Gospel before coming here, and cannot read,
though now she has lessons daily. I trust she is being won to
Jesus: she says she sees the folly of worshipping idols, and that
she believes and prays to Jesus every day. She applied for
baptism three months since, but having so httle knowledge she
was, with propriety I think, deferred. I miss Lao-hang very much
for visiting: she could help me so nicely in explaining all about the
truth. The Lord can fit the woman I have, or provide me ano-
ther when duties allow me to go out more regularly. Women
continue to visit me pretty often. Do pray much for me ! I long
for souls and to be able to speak more plainly and in the power
of the Spirit. I fear sometimes I get impatient inwardly, and
depressed, because of the slowness and apathy of those I speak to."

"July 21th.. — I want you to get very special prayer made for
the poor women of Ching-kiang. I cannot express the sense of
longing I have over them. ' When He saw the multitudes He
was moved with compassion on them," and surely we cannot
fail to have in our measure these very feelings. The Spirit
groans within me daily more and more over my poor heathen
sisters, because of the devil's tremendous power, which, to his
heart's content, if I may so speak, he sways almost unquestioned
and unchecked. Poor creatures, they seem so mindless and
unconcerned about all, except the present. And what can one
do among so many thousands ? And yet one tiny voice may do
a great work, if always used in the power of the Holy Ghost,
'dwelling in the secret place of the Most High.' Oh that our
God in His infinite mercy may awake many of His people at
home to the tremendous need of China and of Chinese women !
Surely there are many more whom God is calling to deny them-
selves, and come and ser\-e Him here. And, oh, may it not be
simply that the feelings of brethren and sisters being excited for
the time shall lead them to offer themselves for the work ; but I
do pray that all who do so may be mdeed such as have first
tarried as it were in the upper room at Jerusalem, and then will
they come forth to do God's mighty work.

" We have had measles among our children since I wrote you ;
four cases we have now, but all are progressing nicely, and we
hope it may not spread further. Miss Desgraz and I are both
well, although I feel rather enervated with the heat."

MISS TURNER, writing on July 7th, of a visit to Hang-
chau, says : — " Besides many familiar faces, there were some who
since our stay in Hangchau had been brought out of darkness into
God's marvellous light. Some we missed, alas ! they have grown
cold and wandered away from Jesus and His people.

" Poor old Mrs. Dziu came and read to me. Although she can
read very fairly in the New Testament, she was most anxious to



read the beginning of the primer. I tried to persuade her not to
trouble about tliat now. However, she was firm, and at last told
her reason : ' I have a daughter living some distance from here ;
if God presei-ves me, I should like to visit her and tell her about
Jesus. I hope she will believe and want to learn to read. How
can I teach her if I have forgotten the beginning myself? ' Quite
convinced, I told her I would help her all I could. May the
Lord fulfil the desire of her heart ! One day while reading she
suddenly stood upright and asked God for help for Jesus' sake.

" We returned here on June 27th, and Mr. Taylor and Miss
Wilson left us on July 4th for the Shao-hing out-stations, en
route for T'ai-chau and Wun-chau. Our native pastor has been
visiting the out-stations and met Mr. Taylor. God's blessing is
manifestly resting on these stations ; in all at the present time
there are seventeen inquirers. May each one of them become a
true disciple of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ !

" August yd. — Since I wrote to you, another child has been
placed under my care ; she is the daughter of Mr. Yiao, the evan-
gelist at Hang-chau ; so now I again have my eighteen scholars.
May each one of them be taught of God, and live to His honour
and glory !

"One evening this week, soon after prayers with my girls, I
heard some one in the school-room sobbing, as though in real
trouble. I went at once to see what was the matter, and found
Sing-me crying bitterly. I asked Kyuih-ing if she knew what
was the matter. She said, " Yes, Sing-me says the hymn we
have just sung (' Begone unbelief, my Saviour is near ') has made
her think of her sins, and her heart is sad." I tried to point her
to the Saviour, telling her He was waiting to forgive and receive;
that He had promised, " Him that comethunto Me, I will in no
wise cast out." I got the Testament and told her to read with
me " God so loved," etc. ; " The blood of Jesus Christ," etc. ;
" If we confess our sins," etc. I then proposed that we should
pray, and we knelt together : I prayed, and she followed. It was
literally crying to God. When we rose, I found that some of the
other children had come in (the younger ones had gone to bed).
They looked as though their hearts were also touched . I spoke
to them one by one, and asked them to close with Jesus at once,
I then said, " Had we not better pray again, and ask Jesus not only
to save Sing-me, but Cii-vong, M-\\, and the others also ?" We
prayed, and then, while still kneeling, sang a Gospel hymn. I
noticed that Sing-me joined most heartily. I trust that
she is now resting in Jesus. She seems happy and bright. /E-
ling too is, I feel sure, resting in Jesus, and looking to Him not
merely to save her from the punishment of her sins but from the sin
itself. She does not care for rough play as some of the little ones
do, but often sits by herself quietly reading. I think His mark
is on her forehead. My work is a happy one. May the blessing
of the Lord rest richly upon it ! "

MISS MURRAY writes from Shao-hing, on July 5th :—
"Of late we have been visiting more in the outskirts of the city,
and are genei ally very well received. We have now many open
doors where we can count on finding a welcome, and at least a
patient hearing. Last week two women asked us to teach them
to pray. We are deeply interested in the case of a very old
woman to whose house we believe we were providentially led.
She seems astonished to think that our God should pity her.
Thefirst time we saw her she was suffering from the effects of a
fall, and at a little touch of sympathy she wept ; we read to her
of the land where they weep no more, and told of Jesus. The
poor thing seemed to be soothed before we left, and I need not
tell you that we returned soon. She then told us that she ' had
been continually beseeching our God,' and asked us if He would
hear her though she w;ls lying in bed. She is entirely confined
to bed now. The last time we saw her she said that ' she was so
pleased mth our God, and would be glad to go to heaven ; but,
she added mournfully, ' I am not worthy.' I had not heard
such an expression since I came to China : it is a sweet sound if
coming from a helpless, weary heart just ready to cast itself on the
' Mighty to save.' I do hope and pray that this poor weary
one may really trust Him who came on purpose to save the un-
worthy. I find it easy to win them to myself ; but that is nothing
if they are not won for Him. Yesterday, Miss Wilson said to a
woman, ' Do you know that God loves you?' She replied, 'I
know that Miss Murray loves us.' They are ready to believe in
a tiny little bit of human love, but cannot realise the great love of

God. You will, I am sure, join us in prayer for the breathing of
the life-giving Spirit on these dry bones. I feel very hopeful ;
His promise cannot fail."

MR. WILLIAMSON will shortly remove from T'ai-
chau, to assist Mr. Crombie with his growing work. If suitable
premises can be obtained, he will reside at Fung-hwa.

MR. WILLS writes from T'ai-chau on July 4th : — " I often
think of the happy Saturday afternoon prayer-meetings at
Pyrland Road, which once it was my privilege to attend. Though
now not able to be present vrith you in body, I am often with
you in spirit, praying that God's blessing may be realized by all
assembled to seek His blessing on us out in this benighted land.
I am now better, though still weak, which makes me feel the
heat very trying. I am able to do little yet tor the Master. Mr.
Rudland has given me the Saturday evening prayer-meeting with
a short address to the Christians. I have also commenced hold-
ing a little homely meeting with the Christians and inquirers every
Sunday evening. We have a short exposition, followed by several
prayers for God's blessing on the labours of the day, on this
empire, and on His word proclaimed in other lands. After the
Sunday afternoon service wehold a kind of conversational meeting,
when we often have even more than at the service itself. I try
to get one or two alone by myself, and have a talk personally with
them. At present my vocabulary is very limited and my idiom
far from perfect ; so I have to speak in broken and feeble

" Sometimes when I have felt able I have gone out in the cool
of the evening by the wayside, where we meet with many to whom
we give tracts, saying a few words and sometimes selling books.
I do pray that the Lord will indeed bless these feeble efforts, and
help me soon to freely preach Christ in this language.

"I must confess I do miss much the happy communion of saints,
more especially on the Lord's day; but though I feel how unworthy
I am of being an ambassador for Christ among the heathen, I
thank Him for the joyful privilege, and if He gives me the honour
and joy of leading souls to Himself, I shall rejoice to have relin-
quished any earthly comforts for such an abundant reward. I
feel the great need we have out in this land, surrounded by sin
and idolatry is to live very near to God. It is true that work
among the heathen looks somewhat different at home to what it
does out in the field. Sometimes after the message of grace in
the glad news of a Saviour for them has been spoken with much
earnestness, which one might think would make them leap for
joy, they seem to go away, and return to their miserable idol-
atrous state as if they had never heard of a true living God."

Since the above was written we hear that Mr. Wills has had
the joy of baptizing two converts at Sien-kii, in conjimction with
the native pastor, Mr. Liu.

MISS TYLOR has, we are thankful to learn, safely reached
Rangoon, and met with much kindness there.

MR. TAYLOR writes from Wun-chau, on August
13th : — "I left T'ai-chau on August 3rd and reached Dien-tsi on
August 4th, Saturday. There we spent the Lord's day, bap-
tizing II persons (/.^., Mr. Rudland baptized them), and taking
the Lord's supper with between 30 and 40 native Christians.
Ten or eleven other candidates were examined by Mr. Rudland,
but were deferred. On March 6th, we went on to Yiang-fu-miao,
spent part of the day there, and had a service with the native
Christians, reaching T'ai-ping-Hien on Tuesday morning. There
we spent a few hours, having a service with the converts, and set
out again for K6ng-6, where we engaged a junk for Wun-chau.
Wind and tide favouring we left almost at once, and after an
unusually good run arrived on Wednesday morning.

" Yesterday two members who had been suspended were re-
stored, and two men were baptized. The members from the
country many of them came in, so there were 19 native Christians
partook of the Lord's supper. To-morrow I suppose we shall
visit the out-stations, and examine some candidates who are un-
able to come in to the city.

" I have tidings of the arrival of Messrs. Landale, Clarke,
and Fishe, at Kwei-yang, on June 27th ; all were well. The two
latter were leaving for Kwang-si, on July 4th. Mr. Turner has
been back from Shan-si, and has returned via Tien-tsin. Mr, and
Mrs. Judd have had better health this summer than any year
before. Here the weather is cool, and all are well."


Showing the Number of Missionaries at each Station, and the Societies to which they belong.



19S Millions.


15 Mills.


28 Millions.


S4 Mills.

29 Mills.


28 Mills.


Sli Mills.










Alphabetic List




2. Pat-shan.


4. Si long.

5, Si-OD.

6 Cong-loh.

7. Pu-m-on.

8. Fuk-wing.

9. Long-hao
10. S-WATOW.

1. AMOY. '

2. Ta-kao.

3. T'ai wan fu.


2. Hang-chau.

3. Shao-hlng.

4 Ning-hai.

5. T'ai-ohau.

6. 'Wun-chau.

S. Su-chau.

3. Chin-kiang.

4. Nan-kin.


2. Chi-fu.

3. Tsi-nan fu.
2 Kal gan.

3. Pao-ting-fu.

4. T'lEN-TSIN.


2. Han-yang.

3. 'Wu ch'ang.
4 'Wu-sueh.
5- K-wang-chi.









1. Baptist Missionary Union

2. Baptist Mission (Inde-


3. Board of Comraissioners

for Foreign Missions.

4. Methodist Episcopal

Cliurch (South).

5. Methodist Episcopal


6. Presbyterian Mission


7. Protestant Episcopal


8. Reformed Dutch Mission

9. Seventh Day Baptist ...

le. Southern Baptist Con-

11. Southern Presbyterian ...

12. United Presbj'terian ..

13. Woman's Mission


I. ...1...

_ _ - _ _

i 1


C G 1 3




'a - -


7 - - 1


4 2

3 4 - -









1 - - -

4 1-



- i -




14. Baptist Mission

15. British and Foreign Bible

IG. China Inland Mission ...

17. Church Missionary Society

IS. London Missionary Society

19. Methodist New Connexion

20. National Bible Society,



o _

- 411*^


. _ 1 . -













_ _ i>

2 - - -

2 1



22. Society for the Propag
tion of the Gospel,


u . . _

1 - "


24. United Presbvterian

Church (Scotland).

25. Wesleyan Missions




26. Canadian Presl)yterian ...




27. Evangelical Mission.ary

Society of Basle.

28. EhenishMissionarySociety



29. Unconnected with any





Total Number of Missionaries
in Stations.

27, 1, S, 1, 1,4,3,1,1,8

14,3, 3,i;

17,10, 7, 1, 1, 2 17, 8, 7, 414,1-2,1 i;4, G, 1,10

0, 1, 0, 1, 1

Totals : in Provinces









N.B. — New-chwaBg, in Manchuria (not included in China Proper), has also two Irish Presbyterian Missionaries and one Scottish United Presbyterian
Missionary-. This station, with the foregoing 38, makos 39 alations in the whole empire.

' Go ye into all the -world, and preach the GospeJ to every creature.''

Mark xvi. 15.


Rev. Wm. ARTHUR, M.A., Clapham Common, London.

Dr. BARNARDO, Bow Road, London, E.

The Marquis of CHOLMONDELEY, London.

R. C. CHAPMAN, Barnstaple.

Rev. Dr. CULROSS, Highbury, London.

W. COLLINGWOOD, Esq., 60, Bedford Street, Liverpool.

Rev. CHARLES GRAHAM, Shepherd's Bush, London.

Rev. H. GRATTAN GUINNESS, Harley House, Bow.

D. B. RANKIN, M.A., Vicar of St. Jude's, Mildmay,

London, N.

WILLIAM HASLAM, Curzon Street, Mayfair,

London, W.
HOWARD, Esq., F.R.S., Tottenham.
Rev. Dr. LANDELS, Regent's Park, London.
Rev. W. G. LEWIS, 1, Aldridge Road Villas, Westbourne

Park, W.
A. McAULAY, Ex-President of the Wesleyan Conference,

Buckingham House, Finsbury Park, London, N.


J. E.


Rev. ALEXANDER McLAREN, Manchester.

JOHN MORLEY, Esq., Upper Clapton.

R. C. MORGAN, Esq., Editor of "The Christian," Paternos-
ter Buildings, London.

Captain The Hon. R. MORETON, Conference Hall,
Mildmay Park, London.

GEORGE MULLER, Ashley Down, Bristol.

Rev. JOSIAH PEARSON, Manchester.

Lord RADSTOCK, East Sheen.

Rev. MARCUS RAINSFORD, B.A., Wandsworth.

Rev. Dr. ROSENTHALL, Forest Hill, London.


T. B. SMITHIES, Esq., Wood Green, London.

C. H. SPURGEON, London.

HENRY VARLEY, 32, Clarendon Road, London, W.

JOSEPH WEATHERLEY, Esq., 51, Gordon Square, London.

GEORGE WILLIAMS, Esq., 71, St. Paul's Churchyard,
London, E.G.

Wiutim. of i\t Pissioit.
J. HUDSON TAYLOR, 6, Pyrland Road, Stoke Newington Green, London, N.


I WILLIAM HALL, 12, Park Villas, Shepherd's Bush, London.

R. H. HILL, 19, Abchurch Lane, London.
I GEORGE SOLTAU, Ilford, Essex.

fionorarg %,xtmvxzx.


®f6as flf ilje pission.

§attk£rs. ponoraig giubitors.

LONDON AND COUNTY BANK, Lombard Steeet, London. | Messrs. THEODORE JONES & Co., Finsbury Circus, London.

THEODORE HOWARD, Bickley, Kent, Chairman.
JOHN CHALLICE, 5, Dover Street, Piccadilly, London.

R. H. HILL, and C. T. FISHE.

The China Inland Mission was formed in 1865.

Its simple object is by the help of God to carry into every province of China the glad tidings of His love in
giving His only begotten Son to be the Saviour of the world.

It is Evangelical and unsectarian in its character,'* embracing members of all the leading denominations
of Christians.

The need for its existence is shown by the spiritual destitution of China, which has not yet one Missionary
to a million of its people.

More than fifty stations or out-stationsf have been opened, in all of which there are either Missionaries,
or resident native labourers.

The present staff of the Mission consists of— 41 Missionaries (18 of whom are married), and 98 Native
Helpers, viz. ; — ii Native Pastors, 36 Evangelists, 35 Colporteurs, 8 Bible-women, 4 Schoolmasters, and 4 Chapel-

Of these, four senior and fourteen junior Missiofiaries have been designated to the special work of
commencing evangelistic operations in the nine provinces of Western China hitherto without resident
Protestant Missionaries. A station has been opened at Bhamo, near the Biirmo- Chinese frontier, and
Missionaries are preparing to enter China from this -point.

The Missionaries and Native Helpers are supported, and the rents and other expenses of Mission
premises, schools, &c., are met, by the contributions sent in by those who wish to aid in this effort to spread the
knowledge of the Gospel throughout China.

In the case of a donation or a part of it being intended for the personal use oj any member of the Mission, or for any particidar
branch of the work, it is requested that this may be stated very clearly.

All Donations to be addressed to Mr. Hill, Hon. Sec, at 6, Pyrland Road, London, N. Post Office Orders payable to
Richard Harris Hill, at the General Post Office. It is respectfully suggested that for greater safety Post Office Orders, where
practicable, should be used in sending even small sums.

A Meeting for Prayer for China is held every Saturday at 4 p.m., at the residence of J. Hudson Taylor, 6, Pyrland Road,

Online LibraryChina Inland MissionChina's millions (Volume 1877) → online text (page 40 of 41)