Excerpt from Christian Missions-a Work of Faith: A Sermon, Before the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, at Their Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, October 3, 1865
And, to add no more, even commerce is feeling the beneficial workings and reaction of Christian missions. The missionary, by creating new ideas, aspirations and tastes in the savage, is opening new fields for traffic, and making demands for our merchandise. Where Mr. Lindley is laboring, in Africa, he has 'created such a spirit of agriculture that one man, in one year, for his own neighborhood alone, sent to Boston for the purchase of plows. Steamships and railways, cotton mills and telegraphs follow in the wake of Christian missions. The missionaries have become the guardian angels of seamen in the Pacific. Formerly the natives were pirates and murderers. It was perilous to sail among the islands. N ow that is all changed, wherever a missionary has been laboring.
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