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Mrs Baeyertz' Mission in Ashburton.

(Communicated) The mission conducted by the above lady in Ashburton during the past week will be brought to a close to-night by a holiness meeting in the Wesleyan Church, kindly lent for the occasion, as the Oddfellows' Hall is not available. •Merely to say that this mission has been a success, and that there has never been a more powerful or eloquent witness for God and His truth in our midf.v, -would give but a very inadequate idea of the work she has done. The occasion is one that can never be forgotton either by professing. Christians of all denominations or Byyscores;of-seekers who have flocked into tier enquiry room, and the influence '. she jhaa <exerted in leading on the former ■to a higher and more real Christian life, and ingathering in the latter cannot but be very permanent and far reaching in its effects. Of Mrs Baeyertz herself it is not ...necessary to say more than a few words. Richly endowed with gif tB, which fit her for the work to which she has been called, she stands forth as one of the finest platform speakers it has been our privilege to listen to, and as in simple and unostentatious style she lays before her hearers the treasures of her Scriptual knowledge, she not only receives rapt attention, but a thrill of deep interest invariably prevades the meeting. From the foregoing it will appear that her work is twofold. She does not, like many other evangelists, confine herself to preaching i the gospel to the unconverted, but devotes a. large portion of her time to instructing christains in the Word of God. All the afternoon meetings have been for this purpose, and on other occasions when she has based a gospel appeal on such subjects as " Cain and Able" or the "Jewish Passover," her addresses have - been full of most profitable instruction for the Christian. The afternoon addresses on personal holiness have revealed the secret of the wonderous power which has been very manifestly felt throughout the mission. Mrs Baeyertz hap learned the secret of powerful and effectual service, and on these occasions, as with heartsearching words she has urged on her hearers what God's Word says about the Christian's calling, standing, privileges -and responsibilities, her own experience has been largely told out. Put briefly the secret of all power is entire.subjection 4to the will and guidance of God. With "aft" her great natural gifts, and thorough knowledge of Christian truth, based on ,her early Jewish training and education, '.she. is,, as-regards her work, evidently J emptied of self, and a plastic instrument *' in : file hands of God. To her the Bible is a living organism, and through her teach- - ing" during one short week, many have felt it become to them almost a new book. " The Gospel addresses to the unconverted have been marked by deep 1 pathos. Especially was this the case on Sunday and Monday evenings, when in passionately eloquent, incisive, and at times thrilling language, she led her hearers on through the march of events to the time of final judgment, when the "Great White Throne " shall be set up on this earth.. A solemn awe pervaded the crowded meetings, which none present can ever forget ; and though such pathos appeals strongly to the emotional part of everyone's nature, there has been none of that unhealthy excitement, which too often characterises

such services; and, so, too, in the enquiry room, whither anxious seekers have flocked at the close of the Gospel

meetings. Here Mrs Baeyertz method of dealing with enquirers is simply admirable. Sitting down at the head of her table with all gathered round her, and of course taking it for granted that all present accept the Bible as the very Word of God, she merely reads two or three selected passages containing very plain and distinct statements and promises as to the way of salvation, makes a few com"raents thereon, and then sends all away to their homes to weigh the matter over in their own hearts. A large number ' have been thus dealt with, and most of these now profess to believe the truths presented to them. , It'may be well to explain one feature of her r work, in case it should be misunder«tobdby any. We refer to the separate services for men and women. As a matter of fact the addresses are almost precisely similar, but Mrs Baeyertz has found that it "is easier to get at the sympathy of the sexes when apart, 1 and rightly claims that this is sufficient justification for the plan she adopts. Moreover, in places like this, where there is not a hall large enough to accommodate all who desire to attend, many are turned away from the general meetings unable to obtain seats, and it affords to all an opportunity of hearing her. - There has been one very .noticeable arid satisfactory feature about this- mission throughout. People have for the most part been more occupied with her message.than herself. Mrs Baeyertz leaves Ashburton tomorrow for Nelson and the North Islsnd r whence she goes shortly to America.

Thither she will be followed, by the prayers of very many who will never forget the work she lias done in New Zealand, and the help they have derived therefrom.

' In the course of her addresses on Sunday and last evening, Mrs Baeyertz' ingrained love for her own race came out very strongly. Never, perhaps, throughout the mission did she rise to such a pitch of passionate eloquence as when on Sunday night, diverging -from her subject, she spolte for a fe.w moments on the glorious destiny tha£- awaited hi the . immediate future .her hitheytp down-trodden' people. Last night, when w speaking of their rise during recent years to positions of power and influence, and'contrasting their present condition with the" state of affairs which obtained nofclatg. she mentioned the following' interesting facts :— "It was not 'until 1723 L that the Jews were acknowledged as British' subjects, and in 1868 they were made eligible for election to Parliament. About 100 years ago in some parts they were not allowed to appear-Hvany-^-public place of amusement, and we know from history the- cruel persecutions 'to -which they were subject. Now that is all over.' The tide of Jewish influence is rising" everywhere. Samuel de Poliakoff, a Je\v,"Qwnsa quarter of the railway system in Russia, Constantine, Algiers and Qraejl, belong almost entirely to Jews. They form a largo proportion of the educated classes, in Germany, Hungary, and Austria, and have furnished of late very eminent men, who have taken the foremost rank as scholars and teachers. No less than 70 professors' chairs in German Universities are held by Jews. Among musicians we have Mendelssohn, Meybeer, Rossini and others, and they have wealth, so that; according to Uio Word of God, ' they shall lend to m<>ny nations.' .The Jews in "Riwnid are still suffering great persecutions, and the cry 13 oven now going up from thousands, 'Oh to go" T.tick to Jerusalem:' Tht> Lord will soon set Lhem in their uwn land w itli homo to make them afynid, and then the Scripture .shall be fulfilled. *My people skill dwell in a pcacciiblo habitation, sure dwellings and quiet resting places,' (Isiiiiih 32.) Every man under Kiss own vine and his own lig tree,"

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Mrs Baeyertz' Mission in Ashburton., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 10 June 1890

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Mrs Baeyertz' Mission in Ashburton. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 10 June 1890

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