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more, by various pretences, to invalidate the same."- -Vide John Luke Niecamp's short Account of the East India Mission, undertaken by a Lutheran Society of Halle, in Saxony, to which Professor Franke wrote a Preface.

"I have been filled with the greatest amazement," says Crantz," to behold the powerful effects of the word of the cross on the most ignorant savage heathens, who, according to their first appearance, seemed utterly incapable of comprehending this great mystery of godliness."

Johannes, a North American Indian of the Makikander tribe, was the first of his tribe whose heart was religiously impressed by the instructions of the Moravian Missionaries. From being an eminently wicked man, distinguished for his evil conduct, and even rendered a cripple for life by his sinful practices, he became both a consistent Christian, and a useful fellow-labourer among the congregation which was gathered from the heathen. At a religious meeting, in which the best means of preaching to the natives was considered, he made the following striking remarks:

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-"Brethren, I have been a heathen, and have grown old amongst them: I therefore know their modes of thinking. A preacher once came to us, desiring to instruct us, and began by proving that there was a God. On which we said to him, Well, and dost thou think we are ignorant of that? Go back to the place whence thou camest.' Then, again, another preacher came, and began to instruct us, saying, 'You must not steal, or be drunken, or tell falsehoods, or lead abandoned lives.' We answered him, Thinkest thou we know not that: go and practically learn those things thyself, and then teach them to thine own people; for who are more addicted to such vices than they?' Thus we sent him away also.

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"At length a Missionary came to my hut, and sat down by me. The contents of his discourse were nearly these-'I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Heaven and Earth. He sends me to acquaint thee that he would gladly save thee, and make thee happy, aud deliver thee from the miserable condition in which thou at present liest. To this end he became man, gave his life a ransom for many, and shed his blood for man. All who believe in the name of this Jesus obtain the forgiveness of sins. To all that receive him by faith he giveth power to become the sons of God. The Holy Spirit dwelleth in their hearts, and they are made free through the blood of Christ from the slavery of sin.

And though thou art the chief of sinners, yet if thou prayest the Father in his name, and believest in him as the sacrifice for thy sins, thou wilt be heard and saved, and he will give thee a crown of life, and thou wilt live with him for ever in beaven.'

"I could not," added the converted native, “I could not forget his words. They constantly recurred to my mind: even in sleep I dreamed of the blood which Christ shed for us. If then," continued he, "you would have your words gain an entrance among the heathen, preach to them Christ Jesus, his blood, his sufferings and death.”

An anecdote somewhat similar is recorded in the Moravian accounts of the first success of the Gospel in Greenland.

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"After six years of unsuccessful labour," says the writer, "in Greenland, during which our brethren were exposed to sufferings and trials, almost unparalleled, indefatigably attempting to prove the perfections of God, the excellency of his commands, the heinous nature of vice, the importance of eternity, &c. &c. to which scarcely ever any attention was paid by the natives, or at most a cold assent was expressed, it is related by themselves :'June 2, 1738, many of the Southlanders visited us. John Beck was just copying part of a translation of the Evangelists. The savages were eager to know what was contained in the book. He read something, and took the opportunity of entering into conversation with them. He asked them if they had an immortal soul? They said, Yes. He continued, asking where their souls would go to when their bodies died? Some said, Up yonder; and some said down in the abyss. After having corrected their notions, he asked, Who had made heaven and earth? They replied, they did not know, nor had they ever heard, but it must certainly be a great and opulent Lord. Then he told them briefly the creation and fall of man, and how God had mercy upon him, became a man, and by suffering and dying redeemed mankind. The Holy Spirit prompted him to describe the agonies and death of Jesus with increasing energy, and exhorted them seriously to think how much it had cost our Saviour to redeem us. At the same time he read from the New Testament our Saviour's conflict on the Mount of Olives. Then the Lord opened the heart of one of them, whose name was Kajarnak; he stepped up to the table, and asked with a loud, earnest, and affecting voice; How was that? Tell me that once more; for I would fain be saved too.'

"These words,' said the Missionary, the like to which I had never heard from a Greenlander before, penetrated through my very marrow and bones, and kindled my soul into such an ardour, that I gave the Greenlanders a general account of our Saviour's life and death, and of the council of God for our salvation, while the tears ran down my cheeks.' Kajarnak proved a genuine Christian, and a zealous and successful fellow-labourer in the work of the Mission. Encouraged by this example, they adopted the same method of speaking and preaching to all, and their success was rapid and abundant. Greenland is Christianized, and by this only method."

THE END.

Dennett, Printer, Leather Laune, London.

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