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Record of Christian Effort for the Salvation of Israel.
"For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth."-Is. Ixii. 1.
"Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest, bill he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth."Is. lxii. 6, 7. "Publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel."-Jer. xxxi. 7.
The Home and Orphanage.
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labourer must be found at his post in all weathers, under all circumstances, and "in season and out of season." couraging text, "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall DOUBTLESS return again rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” The first portion is ours now; the latter part will be ours "when Jesus comes, and glory dawns."
Sometimes, however, God's workers are permitted to get a glimpse of that which they have prayerfully desired; and sometimes they may rejoice together, even here, in the same fresh manifestation of the lovingkindness of the Lord.
Such has been the happy experience of the committee of the British Society during the past few weeks, and very affecting is it to them to record the seal of approbation their Heavenly Father has set upon the desire of their hearts. For they have sought-diligently, unceasingly sought-to procure a retreat, under their auspices, for Israel's believing and inquiring
sons and for Israel's little orphaned children—where they might find a pleasant home, a warm welcome, and a safe abiding-place. They desired it to be in the country too, if it were the Lord's will; for they sought space for gardening operations and for works of various handicrafts. They wished hands and mind to work simultaneously, and, whilst the vacation hours were profitably occupied, that mental training, Bible study, and fitted education might go hand in hand. The Jew, desirous to confess Jesus as the Christ, comes to us a stranger in a strange land." He is away from home, family, and friends-disowned, uncared for, and without means of support. The Society wishes to meet him, to employ him in useful matters-to lead him closely to Jesus' feet, and Jesus' side—and to find him, by the help of God, some suitable niche in this great and busy world. It seeks also the little Jewish children who have no parents and no one to care for them, opening these doors wide for such, to take them, at the same time, in loving sympathy and tender earnestness, to Him who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me."
Great encouragement has attended their whole procedure. Abraham's faithful God has marvellously smiled upon the effort for Abraham's wandering sons, and a good beginning has been made.
The Society has taken the house and grounds at Leyton, Essex, "of which a view and a plan are given in this number of the Jewish Herald. They are noble and suitable premises-large, airy, healthful, and convenient. The grounds are spacious, comprising four acres, under cultivation and partially stocked. There are places for workshops, and for everything else the committee had in contemplation. Every part is substantial and appropriate, requiring but little present expenditure; and the whole is secured for twenty-one years, at a most moderate rental. Thus, in the material portion of the work, the good hand of our God has been upon us; but much more has it been seen in the crowning mercy of all. For what would the house, and the garden, and the various conveniences be without the Head! Here, too, the very desires of our hearts have been met, and “the God of our mercy has prevented us." Dr. Koppel, one of the Society's much-esteemed missionaries, has been led to take charge of this new and most deeply interesting work. He is a known and well-tried man. This very work has been his delightful and willing employ for many years far away at Bromberg, in Prussia. There God has been training him, and blessing him; and so he comes to our Leyton Home with the needful experience and the needful large and prayerful heart.
We are sure God will bless him. We have no doubt whatever upon our hearts respecting the work. We have, as before narrated, recognized Divine guidance at every step; and we call upon our subscribers and friends-upon all who, loving Jesus Christ, care for the outcast and despised and sorrowful Jew, to "return" with us, and “give glory to God."
We shall give fresh details from time to time of this work, which the committee will watch over with loving and untiring solicitude; and, in