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St. Charles organized, Nov. 8, 1858.
and Bible class encouraging:
stations; missionary ordained.
a new one built. 100 21 00 A bell purchased; the church united and pros
perous. 6 81 Building a house of worship; encouraging state of
Rev. John A. Woodhull.. Cong Che., New Villago and Farming- Aug. 2, 1858 19
ville, N. Y. Rev. Jeremiah Woodruff. Prosb. Ch., Cohocton, N. Y..... Nov, 1, 1858 12
Feb. 1, 1659 12
July 30, 1857 12
Sept. 1, 1858 12
June 1, 1857 12
June 26, 1858 12
Jan. 1, 1839 12
Oct. 5, 1858 12
Dec. 1, 1858 12
Aug. 1, 1858 12
May 1, 1858 12
May 1, 1858 12
May 1, 1858 12
May 1, 1858 12 Central Falls, R. I..
Rev. II, D, Woodworth
V. D. M. S.
V. D. M. 8.
and Eaton, Iowa.
Rev. William Wright
0. M. S.
C. M. S.
C. M. S.
O. M. 8.
C. M. 6.
R. I. II. M. S.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS.
The number of ministers of the Gospel in the service of the Society the last year, whose names are found in the preceding General Table, together with those engaged in superintending the work, and whose names are mentioned in connection with the respective Auxiliaries and Agencies, is 1,054.
Of these, 804 were in commission at the date of the last Report, and 250 have been since appointed.
They have been distributed in 22 different States and Territories, as follows: in Maine, 92; New Hampshire, 45 ; Vermont, 97; Massachusetts, 38; Rhode Island, 8; Connecticut, 39; New York, 135; New Jersey, 12; Pennsylvania, 53; Delaware, 1; Kentucky, 1 ; Ohio, 77; Indiana, 29; Illinois, 93 ; Michigan, 65 ; Wisconsin, 102 ; Iowa, 102 ; Minnesota, 34; Kansas, 14; Nebraska, 4; California, 6; Oregon, 7.
This distribution gives to the New England States, 319 ; Middle States, 201 ; Western States and Territories, 534, including 13 on the Pacific coast.
Of the whole number in commission, 559 have been pastors or stated supplies of single congregations; 345 have ministered to two or three congregations each; and 150 have extended their labors over still wider fields.
The advantages of a permanent and an itinerant ministry are thus happily combined. The Society seeks to accomplish whatever is practicable by a general exploring agency, by the arrangement of circuits more or less extensive, where the circumstances call for them, for itinerant laborers, and by the encouragement of churches to secure, each for itself, the entire services of a pastor. From one eighth to one sixth of the missionaries, each year since the organization of the Society, have been employed in itinerant labors, preparatory to the more permanent establishment of gospel institutions.
The aggregate of ministerial labor performed is 810 years.
The number of congregations and missionary districts which have been fully supplied, or where the Gospel has been preached at stated intervals, is 2,125.
Ten missionaries have been in commission as pastors or stated supplies of churches of colored people; and 41 have preached in foreign languages-20 to Welsh, 18 to German congregations, and 3 to congregations of Swedes, Norwegians, and Frenchmen.
The number of Sabbath school scholars, connected with the missionary churches and stations, is not far from 67,300.
The contributions to benevolent objects, reported by 581 missionaries, amount to $20,846.92.
Seventy six churches have been organized, in connection with the labors of the missionaries, during the year; and thirty have become self-sustaining. Fifty houses of worship have been completed; fifty one repaired or improved ; and the building of sixty one commenced. Ninety seven young men, in connection with the inissionary churches, are reported as in preparation for the gospel ministry.
The additions to the churches, as nearly as can be ascertained, have been 8,791, viz.: 5,878 on profession of their faith, and 2,913 by letters from other churches.
This is a larger addition than has ever before been made in any one year of the Society's labors. It is thef ruit of the revivals, which it was our privilege to report as in progress at the last anniversary, and which have spread their happy influence over the year, awakening joy in the presence of the angels of God over the repentance of sinners, and giving strength and beanty to Zion, in the enlargement of her borders, and the more joyful and unwearied activity of her sons and daughters in building up her walls. Four hundred and seventy two missionaries report 4,971 hopeful conversions in connection with their labors during the past year; and there are instances where the presence and power of the Spirit have been most strikingly manifest, in which 80, 90, and even 100 have given evidence of having been born again. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes !
RESOURCES.—The balance in the Treasury, April 1, 1858, was $6,488.07. The receipts for the succeeding twelve months have been $188,139.29; making the resources of the year $194,627.36.
LIABILITIES.—There was due to missionaries at the close of the last year, $11,046.47. There has since become due, $186,493.95 ; making the total of liabilities, $197,540.42.
PAYMENTS.—Of this sum, $187,084.41 have been paid ; leaving $10,456.01 still due to missionaries for labor performed. Towards canceling these claims and redeeming additional pledges on commissions daily becoming due-amounting in all to $80,635.21there is a balance in the Treasury of $7,542.95.
A comparison of the leading items in the results of the last year, with those of the year previous, is full of encouragement. The receipts exceed those of the year preceding, by $12,167.92; $10,722.12 of the increase bave come from legacies, and $1,445.80 from the contributions of the living. Forty two more missionaries have been in the service of the Society, one hundred and one more congregations have received the ministrations of the Gospel; one thousand and eight hundred more children and youth have been instructed in Sabbath schools, and two thousand and three more communicants have been added to the churches.
Should not such evidences of the Divine favor inspire our hearts with thanksgiving and praise, and enkindle within us holier and firmer purposes, stronger faith, more importunate entreaty, and a more absolute consecration with reference to the work which is still committed to our hands --- a work of increasing magnitude and amazing import, and to the accomplishment of which nothing but the arm of Omnipotence is adequate? Giving doth not imporеrish our Infinite Patron, our Almighty Helper, nor withholding enrich him. The silver and the gold and the cattle on a thousand hills are his. The hearts of all men are in his hands, and the residue of the Spirit is with him. He can send forth laborers into his harvest, and gather it all into his garner. The cause for which we labor is infinitely more precious in his sight than it can be in ours; and he is far more ready to grant us the largest desires of our hearts, with reference to it, than we are to utter them before him. What responsibilities rest upon us, then, in regard to the future! And with what encouragement and hope may we put forth our humble efforts to discharge them, strong in the Lord and in the power of his might!
GENERAL COMPARATIVE RESULTS.
The following Table gives a comparative view of the amount of receipts, expenditures, number of missionaries, new appointments, congregations and missionary districts, years of labor performed, additions to the churches, and pupils in Sabbath schools, for each year since the organization of the Society. It also exhibits, in the tenth column, the average expenditure, each year, for a year of missionary labor, obtained by dividing the sum total of the expenditures for the year, by the number of years of labor performed. And in the eleventh column, by dividing the sum total of the expenditures of each year, by the number of missionaries employed, is shown what the average to a missionary would be, if the expenditures were equally apportioned among them.