Call for more Missionaries.
We know not what divine wisdom intends to do here; but we think a great effort
ought to be made, in every island, to establish Christianity and to take possession
for CHRIST and the Church, before that idolatry, which seems to have been crushed
by a single blow to JEHOVAH's arm, should a gain be revived. The case is so
new and so unparallelled in the history of the world, that we know not what
to say. When hath a nation changed its Gods? The enemy may have retired
but for a season, to appear again in his wrath, to kindle the flames of persecution,
and re-establish the worship of demons in all its forms of pollution and cruelty.
How often did Israel, the chosen of GOD, give melancholy proof of the most deep
rooted depravity, and the incurable propensity of the human heart to the grossest
idolatry, even with the lively oracles of divine truth in their hands, and the
awful majesty of JEHOVAH's presence before their eyes. Were it not for the fact,
that the present is an age of wonders, and the hope, that the Christian church
will not relax the ardor of effort and the fervency of prayer for us and this
people, we should expect soon to see the altars of abomination erected, and
the powerful priesthood of superstition arrayed against this little feeble band
of Christian pilgrims before one of us could preach plainly and impressively
in the language of the islands. the unsearchable riches of JESUS CHRIST. But
in GOD is our hope; and we will not fear. We dare not put our trust in princes.
The king of Zion alone is worthy of our confidence. It is he who has begun the
glorious work; and it will go on. The powers of earth and hell cannot successfully
oppose it. We are nothing. And whether defeat or success shall be our particular
lot we know that the holy cause in which under your patronage, we are allowed
to embark, cannot fail of ultimate and universal triumph. "Zion shall arise
and shine- the REDEEMER shall reign- the isles shall wait for his law.- The
glory of the LORD shall cover the earth, and all flesh shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it"
Cheered with these divine consolations, in the midst of trials and privations-contented
and happy in our work, weak and inexperienced as we are, we turn our eyes to
you for counsel, and to Heaven for help, and subscribe ourselves, dear Sir,
your servants for JESUS sake, and fellow laborers, in the vineyard of our LORD.
P.S. We send you by the Levant a copy of our journal up to the 19th of July,
1820. We wrote you by the ship Mary, Capt. Smith, about fifty days after our
embarkation, and since our arrival another letter. No. 2, by the L'Algie, Capt.
Starbuck. In the second we gave a more particular account of our arrival and
settlement; but this may reach you first.