Permit me to make a brief statement for the benefit of my brethren in Pennsylvania who have been inquiring about this country and the condition of our missionary work. The climate here is very fine. Everyone here admires it for its pure and invigorating air. Our winters here are very short and not so severe as in Pennsylvania. The soil here is very rich and productive in raising all kinds of fruits and vegetables. There is no government land within eighty miles of Dayton, but there is (sic) plenty of lots and farms, or ranches as they are called in this country, that can be bought for a reasonable price, and which can make pleasant and confortable homes.
Our missionary work is hard and trying, because of the unsettled minds of the people; therefore, it requires grit, grace and the pure gospel on the part of the evangelist to get the people to listen and think of the things which belong to their souls' salvation. Our evangelists have done exceedingly well in this direction. Bro. Dean, of Cheney, reports of several churches organized and are doing well. My own work reports one in Dayton, Dixie, Milton, and Pomeroy. Surely this ought to teach the brotherhood to be more earnest and active in responding to the call of the G. ? M. C.. our home mission, in order that more evangelists may be sustained in the field.
Pomeroy is a beautiful town of about one thousand inhabitants, twenty-five miles east of Dayton. I delivered there twenty-two discourses in the M. E. Church, embracing the principles of our plea, which had a grand effect in removing prejudice and wrong thinking regarding the teaching of our people. The Methodist minister favored us with his presence, and heard for himself the ground of our faith and practice, which no doubt met his approbation, judging by the warm, and we trust sincere, prayer he offered on our behalf as follows: "O God, bless the people who take the Holy Bible and profess it to their hearts and who have covenanted with thee and one another to love thee and keep thy commandments, and may the time come when all parties and sects shall be done away," etc. To which many of the brethren responded with a hearty Amen.
The meeting was regarded a grand success, which resulted in 7 baptism, 8 from other churches and 28 of our own brethren, and with them they covenanted with Christ and one another to stand on Bible ground, to keep the unity of the faith in the bond of of peace, and thus endeavor to promulgate primitive Christianity in Pomeroy. In order to do this the brethren saw the necessity of erecting a church house, and I am glad to say that the subscription papers are now at work to effect this end, thus fulfilling the prayers of Father Hastings and Bro. Thompson, two true, good and devoted disciples of Christ who have labored long to see the work accomplished in Pomeroy, the former having spend the best years of his life in preaching the gospel in destitute places without any remuneration, and who is now so feeble that his failing health won't permit his now to do such work, but he can be of great service with Bro. Thompson in teaching and taking the oversight of the congregation. May the brethren learn to love him for his work's sake.
I now tender my thanks to Bro. and Sister Thompson and family for their kindness, not only in giving me a comfortable home with them, but for their hard work in the interest and success of the meeting.
Next Lord's day our church house in Milton will be dedicated. Bro. Cheetham, of Centerville, formerly of Waitsburg, will deliver the dedicatory address.
The church now numbers about eighty members. The church in
Dayton is in fine working order. The prayer-meetings are well attended, which manifests the spiritual growth of the church. In my year's labor 24 were added to the congregation and now have entered upon another year's work with the full consent and good will of the entire congregation.