The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 20
Your Missionary Paul Ah Chin has throughout the past year pursued his labours among his fellow-countrymen with his wonted faithfulness, zeal, and diligence. He has preached each Sabbath day to about 15 to 20 at Lawrence. Prayer meetings have been held by him each Sabbath morning at the Chinese camp, and on a week-day evening at Wetherstones. He has continued in almost daily intercourse with the converts, who are ever needing his help and en- page 27 couragement. These now number six, three having been baptised during the past year, two by Mr. Kirkland, and one by Mr. Cameron, of Lawrence. All the Converts continue to give satisfactory proof of their stedfastness. It is known to your Committee that there are others besides those who have made a public confession of Christianity who have been greatly influenced by the labours of the Missionary, and are favourably inclined to receive the truth. Two of the converts have settled at Adam's Flat, where they continue to encourage and strengthen each other and to exercise an influence for good upon others of their countrymen. Paul Ah Chin hopes that the circumstances of the converts may speedily enable him to extend his labours beyond Lawrence and its neighbourhood, to which from necessity they have been hitherto chiefly confined. On the whole, your Committee have reason to thank God for the measure of success that has attended this branch of our Missionary operations.
Wm. Bannerman, Interim Convener.