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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
             STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.               183

has been judged expedient to throw that mission into the regular work
of the circuit.
     "The mission on Combahee, Pon Pon, and Wappahoola has had
an increase the last year of 230 members, making the aggregate num-
ber of members 670.  Upward of 100 little negroes receive catechet-
ical instruction, 128 have been baptized, and the missionary expresses
his conviction that the religious experience of the blacks is deeper and
their deportment more becoming every year.
     "Guided by experience and cheered by success,  we come to
bind ourselves afresh to this holy work, and to renew the solemn
obligations which the enterprise of negro instruction and salvation
imposes on us.  Into this long-neglected field of danger, reproach, and
toil we again go forth, bearing the precious seed of salvation.  And to
the protection and blessing of the God of Missions our cause is confi-
dently and devoutly commen led."  (McTyeire's "History of Meth-
odism," pp. 586, 587. )
     At the close of 1832 the missionaries reported 1,395 members and
490 children regularly catechised. The experiment of four years had
demonstrated the success of the movement. A meeting of planters
in St. Luke Parish indorsed the missionary system. Prejudice yielded
before the results achieved. The friends of Missions took courage as
the way for the gospel was opened to the thousands of the sons and
daughters of Africa who had been thrust by the hand of greed on the
slaves of the Western Continent. In 1837 there were ten mission
stations.  In 1839 the entire mission was supplied by seventeen Mis-
sionaries, under the supervision of three superintendents. The field
embraced 234 plantations and 97 appointments, with a membership of
5,556, and 2,525 children under catechetical instruction.
     The following rule suggested by the South Carolina Conference
Mission  Board, indicates the policy that prevailed throughout the
Church in providing for the religious wants of the colored people:
     "That, as a general rule for our circuits and stations, we deem
it best to include the colored people in the same pastoral charge with
the whites, and to preach to both classes in one congregation, as our
practice has been. The gospel is the same for all men, and to enjoy
its privileges in common promotes good-will.




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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