The Missionary Herald Volume 78

The Missionary Herald Volume 78

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...so that on the lowest grounds missions pay." POLYNESIA. "The John W1ll1ams."--Three vessels by this name have been in the employ of the London Missionary Society in caring for its work in the South Seas. In May last Captain Turpie, who has sailed in this service for twenty-six years, made an address in London giving an interesting account of the work he has witnessed while in command of the John Williams. The home port of the vessel is Sydney, Australia, from which place she sails, usually in March, for Tahiti, four thousand miles, and the missionary on board visit the islands in the Austral and Society groups. Captain Turpie says that in the Austral group instead of heathen temples with human sacrifices, the natives build ships, and sail them, export their own products, and import cotton, and that they have chartered vessels to go to San Francisco and bring chapels, paying for them before they are opened. Of one dark island of the Ellis group Captain Turpie says: "I think we were the first white men that they had ever seen. We were two hours in effecting a landing amongst them, and when we did so we had to stand another hour to be put through heathenish ceremonies to propitiate the gods, lest we should bring disease into the island. When we asked the old king to allow Christianity to be introduced into the island, he said, ' No; the gods of Nanomango are my gods; we know of no other, and do not want you or your message.' They were herding together at that time like beasts, and that is a mild way of putting it. In that island now, under the care of a young Samoan teacher, named John, the people have learned to read and write, and they are reading the Word of God in their own tongue, for you will bear in mind that the...show more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236879732
  • 9781236879738