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Rev. Thomas J. Thompson, at Buchanan, Bassa county. For want of means we have not been able, until lately, even to furnish him with a teacher. So that, because we must have at least a school, he has been compelled to combine the offices of minister and school teacher in a district which could well employ a hundred ministers and schoolmasters. At Easter a high-school scholar was sent to assist him, to be supported on one of the high-school scholarships.
Under these circumstances, Mr. Thompson's services have been necessarily confined to the Liberian population, leaving the vast heathen population around, to whom he would so gladly preach, to perish in their sins.
His faithful ministrations are still gratefully appreciated by his congregation. Not only have they contributed much towards his personal comfort, but since the erection of St. Andrew's Church was suddenly arrested by our civil war, they have been engaged in erecting a chapel and school-house at an expense of from $300 to $400.
I made a visitation to Bassa in February, but as the steamer in which I took passage could only remain a few hours, I was not able to hold any services. This was the less to be regretted, however, as the congregation were at the time without a place of worship, as the court-house, recently occupied, was undergoing repairs.
Sione, ninety miles below Bassa, remains without a minister and without a teacher, and the native tribes around, without a herald of salvation. The Church in the United States is engaged in civil war! And the poor heathen perish.
I made a visit to this place in February, and held a service, though the steamer only stopped a few hours. Our small congregation seem very anxious for a minister.
SINOE.-Communicants, 7; Colonist population of this county, 950; Recaptives, 225.
Bassa.—Communicants, 27. Scholars : Day, 56; Sunday-school, 67. Children in Sabbath-school, probably the same as in day school. Baptisms : Infant, 2. Candidate for orders, 1. Contributions towards chapel, about $300.
3. CAPE PALMAS DISTRICT.
Stations.-Fishtown, Rocktown, Orphan Asylum, Mount Vaug. han, High-school, St. Mark's Church, Hoffman Station, Spring Hill, and Grahway.
MISSIONARY FIELD.-Nyambo and Worebo tribes, to the north 25 miles, and along the coast from Grahway to Cape Palmas and Grand Sestus, 50 miles.
These several stations have, in general, been efficiently sustained by Rev. C. C. Hoffman, Superintendent, and his corps of assistants.
The stations are occupied as follows: Fishtown, by the Rev. J. K. Wilcox; Rocktown, by Rev. Thomas Toomey, assisted by Mr. G.
T. Bedell, catechist and teacher. Orphan Asylum, by Rev. C. C. Hoffman, assisted by Mrs. Hoffman, and successively by Mr. James Thompson and Mr. Gardiner. The Asylum is at present without a competent teacher. High-school, Mr. J. B. Yates. St. Mark's Church, Rev. C. C. Hoffinan, assisted by Mr. Yates, candidate for orders, as Lay-Reader. Hoffman Station, by Mr. N. S. Harris, until his death, May 30th, subsequently by Mr. S. Seton, candidate for orders, assisted by Mr. A. Potter, teacher. Spring Hill, Mr. John Farr, teacher. Grahway, James Bayard, catechist.
Besides the duties more immediately connected with their stations, the ministers and assistants of this district, under the lead of their zealous Superintendent, have made several tours through the Missionary field on the North. A kind reception was everywhere given them.
Hoffman Station has lately experienced a great loss in the death of Mr. N. S. Harris, long the efficient Superintendent of this Station.
At Fishtown, Missionary work has been sorely hindered by a division in the town, resulting in separation, and finally, war between the parties, which still continues.
At Cape Palmas a disturbed condition of relations between the colonists and natives has been injurious to the interests of both parties. The native churches, for the most part, have been apparently steadfast ; but few from among the heathen have been added to the Lord, and the attendance on religious services from the native towns and villages has been small for the population.
In the congregation of St. Mark's there has been a degree of coldness amongst the members, which has often saddened the heart of the Rector. Still a commendable zeal has been evinced in contributions for Missionary purposes, and in raising funds to complete the addition to St. Mark's Church.
The High-School, we are sorry to report, has been reduced to half the original number of scholars, for want of means.
A Parish School has been maintained by the congregation of St. Mark's Church.
STATISTICS OF CAPE PALMAS DISTRICT. Communicants—St. Mark's Foreign, 2; Colonist, 79; Native, 32: Total, 113. Rocktown-Foreign, 1; Colonist, 2; Native, 10: Total, 13. Fishtown-Colonist, 2; Native, 5: Total, 7. Spring Hill-Native, 7. Hankte Lu-Native, 2.
Baptisms, St. Mark's-Colonist, Adult, 4; Infant, 12: Total, 16. Native, Adult, 10; Infant, 24: Total, 34. Rocktown-Native, Adult, 1; Infant, 3: Total, 4: Colonist, Infant, 1.
Confirmatious, St. Mark's Church, to Easter, 1862, 25. Marriages, Colonist, 4; Native, 1: Total, 5. Deaths---Colonist, Adult, 18; Native, 7: Total, 25. Rocktown-Native, 2: Total, 27.
Missionary contributions, St. Mark's, from January, 1861, to July, 1862, $198.42; Sunday-School Missionary Society, $87.63 ; Communion Alms, $35.56 ; Church Expenses, $7.20; Proceeds of Fair, $75.81: Total, $334.62.
Candidates for Orders-Colonist, 1; Native, 1: Total, 2. Catechists and teachers-Colonist, 2; Native, 4: Total, 6. Scholars, Boarding-Colonist, 19; Native, 20. Scholars, Day--Colonist, 46; Native, 7.
This District, like others, reported so large, so populous, constrains the
prayer continually to "the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest." The Rector of St. Mark's, especially, earnestly prays for the day when a properly qualified Liberian clergyman shall relieve him of the charge of St. Mark's congregation.
4. CAVALLA DISTRICT. According to the arrangement above referred to, this District now embraces Cavalla, River Cavalla, Rockbookah, Taboo, Hening Station, and Gitetabo Station. Also, Missionary fields, as far as possible, to the east of Taboo, and to the northern boundary of the Ny. ambo Tribe.
In supplying these Stations, I am assisted by Rev. C. F. Jones, native deacon, Messrs. Ferguson, (colonist,) and Morgan, (native,) Miss Griswold, (foreign,) and Mrs. Gillett, (native,) teachers at Cavalla ; Mr. J. D. George, (native,) at River Cavalla ; Messrs. Leacock and Hening, (natives,) at Rockbookah; Messrs. Minor and Sparrow, catechist and teacher, at Taboo ; J. W. Hutchings, Hening Station.
Since my last report, I have made three visits to Taboo, preaching in the numerous intervening towns and villages, and two to Babo towns on the river. I have also made three visits to Webo, visiting and preaching at Gitetabo and Tebo on the way.
At none of the out-stations, except Taboo, where Mr. Minor supports five children at his own expense, have our limited means made it possible to have boarding-schools. At Cavalla alone, as for twenty years past, in God's good providence, the boarding.schools continue to bless about fifty children with Christian education, and to send forth, from year to year, Christian families to illustrate the religion of Jesus at this and other stations.
The moral condition of the boarding-schools and Christian village has been good during the past year. Besides the stated public services on Sundays and Wednesdays, prayer-meetings for villagers and advanced scholars are held by Mrs. Paine and Miss Griswold. The latter has also formed a Sewing Society of the Christian village women, which makes on an average ten dollars a month; applying this amount to the support of our native deacon. A weekly catechetical service is held in my study for the benefit of the adult converts residing in the heathen towns.
Except our Christian congregation, residing on the Mission premises, the attendance on the public services is fluctuating.. The average has not been over one hundred and fifty, though it has often reached two hundred and fifty.
A more friendly disposition towards Christianity has become general, but little sensibility is manifested towards its claims. Heathenism has been checked, modified, and, in many features, destroyed. Indeed, the general bearing of the people fowards Christianity differs not very greatly from that of the more worldly masses in civilized countries.
In the regular services of the Church at Cavalla, as well as in missionary efforts in surrounding heathen towns and tribes, I have been greatly assisted by our native deacon, Rev. C. F. Jones.
STATISTICS OF CAVALLA DISTRICT.
Baptisms, from January, 1861, to July, 1862—Adult, Native, 17; Infant, Native, 12: Total, 29.' Confirmations : Total, 25. Communicants : Foreign, 3; Colonist, 2; Native, 82: Total, 87. Marriages : Native, 8. Deaths : Foreign, 1; Native, 4: Total, 5. Scholars : Colonist, 4; Boarding, (Native,) 51; Day, 6: Total, 61. Missionary Contributions and Sewing Society, $139.36; Communion Alms, $17.95: Total, $157.31.
5. BOHLEN DISTRICT. It is with devout gratitude to the God of all grace that I can report to the Board, not only an interior Station, bnt an interior Missionary District-occupied. Bohlen Station, begun in faith five years ago, has proved a vine of God's own planting. The means of support came simultaneously with the opening of the way to it, and ever since, amidst difficulties and afflictions, the Head of the Church has removed obstacles, and sent the laborers to occupy and develop it.
In December last, compelled by ill health, the Rev. Mr. Messenger and his wife left for the United States. The latter, in the
mysterious providence of God, died in sight of her native land. They had labored hard and done much, preparing the house and premises at Bohlen to be a Mission Station. Their sudden departure left it destitute, for a season, of a suitable head. But God had already called one in every way qualified to succeed them. In the Rev. J. G. Auer, who came to us from the Basle Mission, on the Gold coast, in February, and who was ordained at Easter, we have an experienced and well-furnished Missionary. He was appointed to Bohlen, and removed to the Station, after a preliminary visit, in March, since which time he has been devoted to the interests of Christ there. He is assisted by Mrs. Auer, late Miss Ball, and T. C. Brownell, also several Christians, who have gone from Cavalla as mechanics or day laborers.
Three families from Nitie-Lu have removed to the portion of the Mission premises occupied by T. C. Brownell, with the view of becoming disciples of Christ. Mr. Auer proposes to increase his school, and elevate the standard of education as soon as possible. His qualifications and experience will render advice and services in this department invaluable to the Mission in general, as well as to his own Station.
Tebo Station, under W. H. Kinkle, is now a part of the Bohlen District. Mr. Kinkle occupies this Station, assisted by Francis
Hoskins, as teacher. Until lately, they had six scholars, who were making good progress, but, owing to those sudden freaks so apt to arise in early efforts amongst the heathen, the children were suddenly taken away by their parents ; so now, the catechist and his assistant have to content themselves with Missionary efforts in the numerous and widely-scattered towns, making up the Tebo Tribe.
Communicants: Foreign, 2; Colonist, 2; Native, 11: Total, 15. Scholars: Boarding, 10 at Bohlen; 6 at Tebo: Total, 16. Cathechist, 1; Teacher, (Foreign,) 1.
Missionaries, Foreign, including Bishop, 4. Colonist, 6; Native, 1: Total, 7. Assistants : Foreign, 4; Colonist, 3 ; Native, 16 : Total, 23. Candidates for Orders : Colonist, 3 ; Native, 1: Total, 4. Baptisms : Infant, Colonist, 14; Native, 36 : Total, 50-- Adult, Colonist, 4; Native, 27 : Total, 31. Confirmations : Total, 61. Ordinations: Priests, Foreign, 1; Colonist, 1: Total, 2-Deacons, Foreign, 2; Colonist, 1: Total, 3.
Communicants : Foreign, 8; Colonist, 200; Native, 149; Total, 357. Scholars : Colonist, Boarding, 20; Native, Boarding, 87: Total, 107--Colonist, Day, 215; Native, Day and Evening, 130: Total, 345. Marriages, (returns imperfect;) Colonist, 12; Native, 9: Total, 21. Deaths, (returns imperfect :) Colonist, 18; Native, 12: Total, 30. Contributions : Church Building and Repairs, about $1,000; Missionary, (imperfect,) $355.41; Alms, $53.51 : Total, $1,408.92.
The cursory survey of the Mission above taken will show that, by God's grace, it has been earnestly at work, and grown. too, amidst adverse circumstances. But this cannot justify the Church before God, in allowing it to remain in its present embarrassed condition. It has been stated that, while nearly all stations previously opened remain occupied, their expenditures have been cut down to the lowest point compatible with actual existence. This has curtailed most lamentably that most important means of advancing and sustaining the kingdom of Christ every where—Christian education. The number of beneficiaries, it will be observed, is smaller than in previous years, while it should have been more than doubled.
Again, while in faith we have embraced the wide fields, white to the harvest around us, we have in truth but barely surveyed and entered them. Our five Missionary Districts embrace a populationLiberian and native--of at least half a million of people. For the evangelization of these masses, except in the colonies, there has been but little, indeed, done. We, who have attempted most, feel most painfully that this remark but too well applies to ourselves, and that we can not hope to accomplish much with the limited means of men and money at our disposal.