Excerpt from Brief Narrative of Facts Relative to the New Orphan Houses, (for 1, 150 Children), On Ashley Down, Bristol, and the Other Objects of the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad
The Institution of which this twenty-eighth Report gives an account, has been more than Thirty-three years in operation, having been formed on March 5th, 1834. Its beginning was most small, but it has since then been almost year by year enlarged, and that to such an extent, as that the expenditure in connexion therewith, during the past year, of which this Report speaks, amounted to Os. 6d. To large houses of business, or even to some private wealthy individuals, this sum may not appear a very large one; but it is to be kept before the Reader, that the means to meet such an expenditure are obtained simply by asking God to work in the hearts of His stewards to help us; for in no case is an appeal made to any individual for help. From this we abstain, not that we consider it sinful in itself to apply to individual believers for help in the cause of Christ; but, because one of the especial reasons for the formation of this Institution, and especially of that of the Orphan Work, was, that it might be seen to the glory of God, how much can be accomplished simply through the instrumentality of prayer and faith in order that thus there might be, in this work, a witness to the faithfulness of God for the believer, and that the unbeliever might see, in it, the reality of the things of God, and thus be led to seek Him while He is to be found.
Before entering upon the different parts of the Report, I notice a few out of the many especial blessings, mercies, and answers to prayer, granted to us during the past year, for the encouragement of the Christian readers.
When the Cholera appeared in England, during the summer of 1866, and when there were even some cases in Bristol, it had been, from the commencement, our special prayer, that, if it might be, the Lord would mercifully shield the Orphan Houses against this fearful disease. And so He did. Not a single instance occurred. We had, however, many applications for the admission of children, who had lost both parents by Cholera, and in one single letter 23 such children were applied for.
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