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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
             STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.               185
  
presented before the throne the spirits of these children of Ham,
redeemed and washed by the "blood of sprinkling," and fitted for an
abode in heaven, the revelations of the last day will disclose."  (Mc-
Tyeire's  "History of Methodism," pp. 588, 589.)
    On the marble that marks the grave of Bishop Capers are the
words: "The Founder of Missions to the Slaves."  He sought no
higher honor in this world.
    The zeal of South Carolina Methodism for the salvation of the
slaves was an inspiration to all the Southern Conferences. The
annals of missionary toil can furnish few nobler evidences of heroic
sacrifice than were found in the self-denying labors of those men who
labored on the negro missions. On the rice plantations of the Atlan-
tic coast and the sugar and cotton plantations of the Gulf States they
bore the message of life to the cabins of the slave, teaching the chil-
dren and training their parents respecting the doctrines and duties that
must govern a Christian life. Every Christian master and mistress
co-operated gladly in the work. When they were unembarrassed by
 troubles arising from untimely interference from outside influences,
their way was open; and though the world knew little of their devo-
tion, they accomplished a work that will live to the end of time. The
organization of these missions did not relieve the regular pastor from
his duty to the slave.  In Conferences where but few missions were
organized thousands of colored members were annually reported. In
1846 the Mission Board reported 24,430 members, while the General
Minutes gave a total of 124,931. Many of the leading ministers of
the South were noted for their devotion to the religious welfare of the
slaves, and at an Annual Conference the presiding elder could pro-
nounce no higher encomium on a minister than to say: "He is a
good negro preacher." In 1860, when the war disturbed our labors
among these people, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, reported
a colored membership of 207,776, or nearly as many as the entire
number of communicants which in that day had been gathered into
Church relations by all the Protestant missionaries at work in the
heathen world. When the record of the evangelization of the Sons of
Ham is written by the pen of an impartial historian, the work of the
missionaries of the Southern Methodist Church will appear chief
among the agencies employed by our Master for the redemption of
the African race.




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


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