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Conversion of a Jewess.

"In the month of June, an elderly Jewess, respectable in her appearance and address, called upon me, and expressed a desire to receive some instruction in Christianity. I asked her for her motive of such a desire, and she replied, that for many years past she has had a wish to become a Christian. I declared myself willing to instruct her if she liked; and had she leisure every day in the week. I inquired after her character among the Jews in Hand was glad to learn that she was much respected amongst them, only, they added, a little inclined for baptism. She is also related to a highly respectable family in H. She has never missed coming for instruction, from the first day I saw her. Sometime ago she was taken seriously ill, and went to the hospital; and when she became convalescent, she became a blessing to many of those who entered into conversation with her. She begged me not to let her die without administering to her the sacrament of holy baptism. That her name is cast out as evil by her relations I need not state. She is trying to get her living by needlework. Alas! we have no benevolent Lord Ashley in this country, and the needlewomen are in a pitiful condition. It is no small privilege to see the effect of the Gospel upon the heart of a Jew, and more especially upon a Jewess. The soft, the delicate daughter of Zion appears then fully. How she laments that the Lord has cast all the glory of Israel from the heavens down to the earth! How she prays, O Lord, remember what is come upon us: consider and behold our reproach!' She cries to the Christian world, 'Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if

there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done to me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.' (Lam. i. 12.) This daughter of Zion, I have reason to hope, has experienced a change of heart. She loves Christ as her all in all, and is only surprised that all who hear of him do not love him too. (May the Lord preserve her in her first love to him by the power of his might!) I have delayed up to this day baptizing this convert, as the enemies of our cause are continually watching every step I take, and in case that Jewess had not received such a measure of grace as she has, they would have raised the most deafening clamour. But if it is the Lord's will, I shall receive her into the communion of the Church on Sunday week, and I trust she will not be the worst fruit of our labours."


THE Rev. J. A. Hausmeister, missionary at Strasburg, gives in his last journal the following account of the

Baptism of a Jewess.

“In the beginning of the month of May last a Jewess, Babette S., called on me, and asked for religious instruction, and I read the Word of God with her for some weeks. In the meantime, on the 20th of the same month, her two sisters, Janette and Adelhaid, called also on me, and expressed their desire of becoming Christians. Janette made from the first a favourable impression upon me, and showed a great desire to learn the way of salvation. I instructed these three sisters together for three weeks. Babette, however, proved not upright, and left. As far as I know she went to Paris, to the Roman Ca

tholics. I succeeded, after much trouble, in finding suitable places for the two other sisters in Christian families. The seriousness of Christian conversation did not, however, suit Adelhaid, and she also left ere long. Janette likewise left Strasburg for some days, but returned soon, deIcided to follow the Lord Jesus.

"On the 18th July she entered our Deaconesses' Institution as servant; her being there surrounded by sincere Christians proved of great benefit to her. I now commenced a regular course of instruction with her, and in my absence it was continued by Mr. Goldberg. Janette proved very thankful for all she heard, and she learnt daily some verses of the Bible by heart, as well as the Catechism. The Lord opened her heart, and a work of grace commenced in her.

"Janette S. is the daughter of a Jewish teacher. She was born in 1818, at Auerbach, near Darmstadt. She spent a considerable time of her youth with her grand-parents, who were pious Jews. She was by them taught Hebrew, and also sent to the Protestant school. She became intimate with the daughters of the schoolmaster, and occasionally attended in secret the Protestant Church with them. She was much affected by the history of the sufferings of our Saviour, and felt already at that time a great desire to become a Christian; but Satan and the world again obtained influence over her, and she forgot the good resolutions of her youth. At nineteen years of age she returned to her parents at Auerbach, but she felt very unhappy. In Auerbach there lived a converted Jewess; she spoke sometimes with Janette of the Lord Jesus, and gave her a New Testament; and thus her conscience was again aroused. At last she was obliged to

leave Auerbach, and went to Worms, where, during four years, she lived as servant in a respectable Jewish family. Here also she was visited by the converted daughter of Abraham from Auerbach, who prayed with her. The good work was again commenced in Janette's soul, and she formed the resolution of going to Strasburg or Basle, with a view to being instructed and baptized. Her father did not oppose her wishes, and thus she came to me.

"In the Deaconesses' Institution she had to work hard, but did it all willingly, and received from her superiors a good testimony. On the 4th inst. she was examined, in the presence of several friends, at my house. Her answers were very satisfactory, and we felt convinced that she had a sound knowledge of the saving truth, and had already felt the power of the Gospel. The Rev. Mr. Haerter resolved to baptize her on the 13th inst., yesterday. Mr. Haerter took for his text Micah vii. 18-20. The name chosen by the convert was Lydia. She expresses herself very thankful for all the mercy and loving-kindnesses of the Lord towards her, and prays that her relatives also may be brought to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The father, when he heard of her intended baptism, made great objections to her taking this step, not so much on account of the strictness of his own principles, as from fear of the wrath of some rich relatives."


Two Israelites have lately been baptized in the Holy City. One was the wife of Mr. Luria, who has been recently appointed missionary to the Jews at Cairo. When her husband became an

quirer into the truth of Christianity, she left

him, and thus he was deprived of the dearest relationship of life, for his Saviour's sake. The same Divine mercy, however, which had reached his case, and made him a partaker of salvation, sought out and brought home to the Good Shepherd his wandering and opposing wife. Thus they have been reunited, and their dearest relationship to each other restored, whilst they are given to realize the blessedness of being one in Christ Jesus. Let us pray that they may be helpers of each other in the path of life, and that she, thus restored, may be the minister of comfort and blessing to him in his many and arduous labours.

The other baptism was that of a young man, who had been for some time in the School of Industry belonging to the Society in Jerusalem. After his residence there, he had entered the service of the Rev. H. Winbolt, of Beyrout, then that of Dr. Kerns, of Aleppo. He afterwards returned to Jerusalem, and was instructed by the Rev. F. C. Ewald, until he was believed to be prepared for the important and solemn service by which he has been admitted into the Church of Christ.

In this Number we have been privileged to record several instances of conversion. Let all have an interest in our readers' prayers. On behalf of all, let us give praise and thanksgiving to the Lord.


AGED figure, bending low,
That along the trodden snow,
Through the dreary streets dost go,—

Taking slow thy weary way,
From the breaking of the day,
To the evening light's decay,-.

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