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Germany - Letter of Mr. Oncken, 1845
      The last communication announces the death of Mrs. Oncken, on the 8th of July. The event had long been anticipated, and "the change must have been to her weary spirit glorious indeed." "But few of the Lord's saints," continues Mr. O., "have to tread so thorny a road as was appointed to her. Sometimes her heart of flesh began to fail, under her indescribable sufferings, but the Lord was faithful to his promises, and faithful to his fainting child; - He was the strength of her fainting spirit, and is now her portion forever."

      The health of Mr. Oncken has been much impaired by the long affliction. For the last eighteen months he seldom came from the sufferer's side. The cancer was of the most malignant kind.

      The prospects of the mission, generally, are cheering. About forty new converts have been added to the church since the opening of the year, and they are constantly encouraged by new applicants. The place of worship is crowded to excess, and had they a larger and better place, "the attendance would be soon twice the number."


The Baptist Missionary Magazine, 1845, pp. 297. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]

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