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Mission Work in the Pacific.


In the course of a lecture (reported; in the "Southland Times") delivered*at Invercargill by the Rev Mr Milne, who has labored for,some 20 years in the •islands; that gentleman, speaking' of the 'people of the New Hebrides, said :—They carry about with them what they term a sacred stone, which they suppose is capable of keeping away harm from them, and at the,'same time .enabling them to harm others.' A large number''of the natives have now embraced Christianity, but as short a time as seven years ago he had known of twb cases of human sacrifice. They were greatly addicted to cruelty wards strangers, the sick and the aged. His district particularly was noted for and natives were often buried alive. But what Christianity would •do for us it would do for them. His head station was on an island named Njuna with a population of 800. There were there ten schools with an attendance' of 400—about half tbe population. Seven years ago he had only one school on this island. The lecturer proceeded to give statistics relating to the islands composing his district. In the aggregate there were 26 schools with an attendance of 1500 ; and about 800 church members as compared with 40 seven years ago. ;At first ,he ; was dependent on the colonies'for teachers; but now he had those whom he had himself trained. Throughout the group several languages were spoken. The present mission staff consisted of 16 missionaries, assisted by 170 teachers ; there were about 10,000 worshippers, and about 2200 church members. The Christianity there was better than that practised here; fchc natives kept the Sabbath better there than people did here ; life and property were safer in those islands than they were here. They had family worship every morning and evening ; they said grace before meals and had a weekly prayer meeting which was as well attended as 1 the Sabbath day meetings, *■ The prmcijxal object of his visit was to got work done here which could not be done in the ■ ""■ "V- """'lin portions of the ■■ ; ■■ / book printed. He mentioned also that the people of his district were, all teetotallers, and they had given up tobacco.

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Mission Work in the Pacific., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2423, 7 May 1890

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Mission Work in the Pacific. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2423, 7 May 1890

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