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The Missionary Echo: a record of labour for the Lord in other lands.

1872 to 1884

Edited by:  Henry Groves and J.L. McLean

Published by:  William Yapp James Hawkins

There were I think 13 volumes issued. I only have one volume. It continued as Echoes of Service.


Devaraj Mathan said ...
My Dear Brother in Christ,
I am a historian of Church in Nilgiris In Tamil Nadu, South India. I am in presses of writing the history of the Brotheren Churches and Missioneries and their work in Nilgiris do know this book ( The Missionary Echo: a record of labor for the Lord in other lands.) would help me can you tell me who to posses this record
Thank you. If you could help me to at least to get the portions Concerning Ootacamund Coonoor,and Kotagiri of Nilgiris Distrect
Rev. M.Devaraj Nilgiris
Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018 : 19:41
Tom said ...
Hi Devaraj, I only have this one volume of it .. you might get more luck asking CBA at Manchester if they have it.
best, Tom
Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018 : 16:21
xavier sistach said ...
Dear Sir,
I need to consult an article in The Missionary Echo from the year 1884, entitled "Brief Statement of the work of Some Servants of Christ in other Lands", which deals with George Lawrence, a missionary who worked for years in Barcelona. I am writing the history of the Evangelical Hospital of Barcelona and he was its founder.
Please answer me if this volume is digitized and available for consultation.
Sincerely, Xavier Sistach
Monday, Oct 3, 2022 : 02:04
Marty said ...
Xavier Sistach,
The pamphlet you are referring to is not available online. It is an ad in the end
of The Missionary Echo of 1884:
(A small pamphlet entitled a "Brief Statement of the Work of some Servants
of Christ in other Lands", contains interesting particulars, and may be had
from Mr. J. E. HAWKINS.)
There is not much mentioned about the hospital in The Echo of 1872-84, but what I found is listed below:
Mr. Lawrence, has it much at heart to open a "medical
mission" at Barcelona. The recent sanguinary conflict there, with its
sorrowful results, and the difficulty of access to persons in the hospitals, &c.
(which are still in the hands of priests and nuns), makes him long for some
place in which the sick could be cared for spiritually and physically, and
very suitable premises are now obtainable. This is a large undertaking.
OUR brother Mr. LAWRENCE has been enabled to carry out his desire to have
a hospital at Gracia (the suburb of Barcelona), where the poor sick and
dying ones might be cared for, and hear of the Saviour's love.
Our hospital work is enlarging, and a most blessed service it
is, as many are brought under the sound of the glad news. Our
beloved sister Taylor is a great help; she obtains the ears of many
poor patients.
THE work at Barcelona has attracted the attention of the Times correspondent,
and a friend has sent an extract from a letter which was published in
that paper January 2nd, 1875. Some inaccuracies as to the supply of funds, &c.,
will be observed.
Barcelona.—"Not the least pleasing among the sights that
Christmas has brought under my observation was the gathering
of several hundred children of the Evangelical schools of this
city and its environs, assembled for their annual distribution of
prizes in the Calle de San Gabriel, suburb of Gracia. An English
gentleman, Mr. George Lawrence, a layman, I believe,
belonging to the sect of the Plymouth Brethren, has been for
several years, both under the reign of Queen Isabella and upon
the first dawn of ephemeral liberty ushered in by the Revolution
of September, 1868, working in silence and comparative obscurity
at these institutions, relying solely on his own private
energies, and on funds supplied by English and American Bible
Societies. His success has been marvellous, and it affords a
signal evidence of the good one man alone can achieve when
working upon the impulse of true, earnest, and disinterested
charity. Besides the educational establishments—something
between ragged schools and infant asylums, which he has placed
under the direction of able native teachers in all the poorest and
most crowded and dingy quarters of this splendid yet unwholesome
city—Mr. Lawrence has founded a hospital, of which he
takes the principal charge, and which is the only refuge here for
ailing seamen from English and American men-of-war or merchant
vessels, an asylum for superannuated poor and incurable
invalids, a dispensary for out-door relief, a printing press, and a
newspaper office—the Aurora. The whole is under his management,
and the most proficient pupils of his schools, or members
of his congregation, are his workmen. The children receiving
instruction in the schools are above 1,700, and at such of these
establishments as I have visited here, at Barceloneta, Gracia, and
elsewhere, I have been charmed with the clean, tidy, and healthy
look of the pupils, with the diligence and loving gentleness of the
masters, and the evidence of thorough knowledge exhibited by
the elder boys and girls brought forward for examination. The
moral education is grounded on strictly Protestant, and perhaps
somewhat Puritanical, though not dogmatic principles. In spite
of the war waged against these establishments by the priests, the
seed sown has taken such deep root that no future reaction will
have the power to tear it up, and the wholesome influence exercised
by a wise moral discipline on the children is not without
beneficial effects on the parents and on an extensive circle of
the grown-up generation. There was something agreeable in the
thought that these boys and girls, in whose toys and joys we were
taking an interest, had been for the most part rescued from the
gutter—in which, unfortunately, too many of the children of the
lowest classes are still wallowing—and saved from that life of
beggary or thieving which the police here seem rather intended
to encourage than to repress."—The Times.
"The Missionary Echo" 1872-84 - Compiled.
Saturday, Aug 26, 2023 : 06:54

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