SOUTH SEA MISSIONS
The Methodist chuvch is well served by the gentlemen tvho periodically visit N.Z. in the interests or foreign missions. A few years the Rev. Mi Ranks vikidly 'impressed the claims of the cause upon members of the denomination in Invercargill , then came the Rev. Mr Collier, with his gift of graphic word-painting ; to him succeeded the Rev. Mr Burton, with his eloquent pleas on behalf of mission work in Fiji ; and finally we have had the Rev. Mr Laverty, oi New South Wales. This gentleman conducted the servE's bi St". Paulas Methodist Church on Sunday TasT,when he revealed the thwso ■ of exceptional ability as a preacher, and delivered addresses that will not soon be forgotten by his hearers. On Wednesday evening he lectured in the same place on “The Mutiny of the Bounty.” The story is an old one, and long had its place in schoolbooks, but as treated by Mr Laverty there was no suspicion of staleness about it, for he has lived on Norfolk Island, now the home of the descendants of the Bounty mutineers, and he recalled their romantic history in a fashion that compelled attention right to the end. Interwoven with the story were many references to the missionary work in the South Seas—to the labours of the late heroic Bishop Patterson and to those —in later years—of the Revered Dr. Paton. The position of the New Hebrides was also glanced at, and regret expressed that the group had passed under the control of Prance. Reference was also made to the introduction of firearms and intoxicating liquors amongst the natives there a matter which is to be brought before the. Conference of Colonial Premiers at Home, by Mr Deakin, Altogether the lecture was a treat of high order, and could not fail to deepen interest in the great work that is being carried on in the South Seas in the reclamation of the native races from heathendom.
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The Lecturer, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 3, 20 April 1907
The Lecturer Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 3, 20 April 1907
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