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CHILDREN'S MISSIONARY RECORD
Free Church of Scotland.
By authority of the Board of Missions and Education.
WORD ON THE COLLECTING WEEK, WHEN, in December last, we suggested that the leisure of the holiday time should be partly devoted by our young friends to an effort on behalf of the Mission
Schemes, we were sure that some of them would consider the proposal. We had the hope, also, that some of the money which, at that season, is given by the young to trivial purposes, would be secured for the cause of God. So far from being disappointed in our expectations, they have been greatly exceeded. More have given, and more has been given, than we ventured to expect. We told our young friends what we thought they might do in December. We left the matter with them. We used no influence of any kind. We sent collecting cards when they were asked, but nothing
We waited, dear young friends, to see what you would do.
In 1845, you may remember, the General Assembly was much pleased to find that in the whole of that year you had collected for the Schemes £394: 1:43. Some of you counted up how many miles of halfpennies this would make, and the result was astonishing. Well, we have been going on, month by month, ever since, trying to interest you in a darkened and dying world; and we bless God that we have had great encouragement in our
work. You began with less than £400 in 1845; last year your offerings amounted to nearly a thousand pounds. We have been looking very closely at your exertions for the present year, and we find that, comparing your offerings month by month, they were, with exception of one, where there was a very trifling diminution, larger than in the corresponding months of the previous year; and when, in December, we asked you to make the vacation week'a collecting week, we knew that you had raised more than you had done at the same date in 1847.
We did not then ask you to make a New Year's Day's collection because you were turning back, but because we knew you were able, and thought you would be willing, to do very much more. You have answered our call in such a way as to cheer us very much indeed; for we do not think you would have done what you have done, unless the Lord had given you some measure of His own grace.
The sums which we have received since the 15th of December are as follows:Education,
£36 19 6 Foreign Missions,
228 15 4 Home Missions,
74 12 8 Colonies,
32 12 7 Jews,
85 2 3 New College,
10 12 1 Building,
7 13 Continental Churches,
6 1 0 Sustentation Fund,
2 15 9 Schoolmasters' Sustentation,
2 12 3 Missionary Buildings in India, 1 0 0
£488 16 5
When we superadd the sums also received by us for Female Education in India and among the Jews, the Irish Home Mission, &c., the amount is upwards of Five Hundred Pounds.
Now, this very large sum is the accumulation of the small offerings which you individually made. From the mass of collecting cards and lists sent to us, we see that literally tens of thousands of you have aided in the good work. So many names are inscribed on these papers that we were soon obliged to give up all thoughts