MISSION OF THE AMERICAN BAPTIST BOARD OF FOREIGN MISSIONS AMONG THE CHEROKEES.
Mr. Jones the missionary at the Valley Towns, in a letter dated Dec. 6th, 1830 remarks-
In my last, I mentioned six, who had been baptized at different times. We have cause for renewed thanksgiving on account of the Lord's continued favors, in countenancing our feeble efforts, to spread the knowledge of his name.
At our church meeting, this morning, we were overwhelmed with a sense of God's unbounded goodness, while ten Cherokees gave a clear relation of the work of the Holy Spirit on their hearts. Oh! how shall we find words to declare the loving kindness of the Lord, who is causing the wilderness to blossom as the rose. Eleven persons, (one having previously related his experience to the church,) were then baptized and admitted to the church privileges.
A large company attended, though the weather had been very unfavorable to those who reside at a distance.
Monday Dec. 27. About a hundred persons stayed over night. Brethren John Timson, John Wickliff, and Dsulawee, assisted in conducting the devotional exercises last evening. On invitation, a number of persons came forward, with tears, to occupy the anxious seat. I trust the Lord's gracious work here has only commenced, and that he will get himself a great name among the Cherokees. Oh that our faith were more in exercise, on the divine promises, and our hearts more enlarged, in view of their fulfilment.
In the course of the past year our most sanguine hopes have been more than realized. Thirty-eight persons have been baptized on a profession of their faith, viz: thirty-seven of them Cherokees, two only of whom speak English, and one black man.
I am just now starting for New Echota, to get some Cherokee hymn books, and to attend a meeting of missionaries, (to which I have been invited by special messenger) the object of which is, to make statements of such facts as may be in our possessions, relating to the condition of the Cherokees: so that the friends of truth may be able to form a correct judgement on the subject: which is certainly very important in the present circumstances of the poor Indians. It is expected that all the Presbyterian and the United Brethren's missionaries will be there. I trust many prayers of the faithful will go up to God, which will doubtless be answered in that way which will tend most effectually to manifest his glory in the works of his providence and grace.