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Life Of Rev Justin Perkins - Pioneer Missionary To Persia


Life Of Rev Justin Perkins - Pioneer Missionary To Persia

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    Rev. Henry Martyn Perkins
MISSIONARY LIFE OF REV. JUSTIN PERKINS, D. D. PIONEER MISSIONARY TO PERSIA. BY HIS SON, EEV. HBISTEY MAETYJST PEBEMS. CHICAGO PEBSBTTEBIAN BOARD OF MISSIONS OT XBB NO Iloom 48, McCormiok Bloofe COPYRIGHT, 1887, BY WOMANS PBESBYTERIAN BOARD OF MISSIONS OF THE NORTHWEST. PONOHUE. HENNEBERBY, PRINTERS AND BINDERS. PREFACE. The object of this volume is to reflect the character and work of my honored father, the late Kev. Justin Perkins, D. D., pioneer missionary to Persia. This work is attempted in response to the desire of many friends in the United States, as well as in Persia. Friends of missions in England, Ger many and elsewhere will be glad to renew their memories of the subject of this biography. Not long ago the Jubilee of the mission to Persia was observed. While there is cause of rejoicing over present results, a tribute to the memory of the earliest member of that mission becomes the more appropriate. It is my hope that the following chapters will serve to increase interest in the cause of missions, and especially as carried forward in Persia, where thirty-seven years of an earnest life were consecrated to the Masters serv ice. H. L P. CONTENTS. CHAPTER L f . a PAGE. Introductory. ...... 5 CHAPTER II. Birthplace boyhood and student life, .... 9 CHAPTER III. From Boston to Tabriz. . . , n CHAPTER IV Entrance upon his missionary field. .... 17 CHAPTER V. Progress through light and shadow. 22 CHAPTER VI. First return to America. ...... 28 CHAPTER VII. Labors in Persia resumed. ...... 82 CHAPTER VIE. Publications at Oroomiah. . . . , 40 CHAPTER IX. Second return to America. ..... 56 CHAPTER X. Last years in Persia. ...... 62 CHAPTER XL Final return to America, and death. . . . . 72 CHAPTER XH. Reminiscences and characteristics. . . .77 CHAPTER Conclusion. t , f , KEY. JUSTIN PEEKED D. D. OHAPTEE I. INTBODUOTOBY. SPECIAL interest is always felt in the work of a pioneer. Some are pioneers with the purpose of seeking a fort une. Others to aid some military project. Others to open avenues for commerce. Others that they may add to the rich treasures of science. Greater than that of any or all of these combined, is the purpose of him who goes to open paths of fresh conquest for the kingdom of Christ and to carry the message of salvation to nations that for ages have not felt the throb of spiritual life. A glance at the missionary field in Persia will give the reader an impression of its present prosperous condition. The work begun and for years successfully carried for ward by the American Board, was in 1871 transferred to the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church. The missions of this Board in Persia now comprise five stations and several outstations. In the Western Mission, at Oroomiah, are Eev. Messrs. John BL Shedd, D. D. 5 J. E. Rogers and their wives Joseph P. Ooohran, M. D. and his wife Mrs. D. P. Oochran, Miss N. J. Dean, Miss M. Morgan, Miss E. Cochran, Miss M. K. Tan Duzee. At Tabriz are Eev. Messrs. J. M. Oldfather 6 LIFJE 0 REV. JUSTIN ERKIHS, D. D. and S. Gr. Wilson and their wives Dr. G. W. Holmes and wife Miss M. Jewett, Miss G. Y. Holliday, Mrs. L. 0. Tan Hook. At Salmas are Eev. R G. Coan and his wife. Miss 0. 0. Van Duzee and Eev. J. N. Wright. In the Eastern Mission, at Teheran, are Rev. Messrs. J. L. Potter, S. L. Ward and their wives W, W. Torrence M. D., and his wife Misses S. J. Bassett, Cora Bartlett and Annie G. Dale. At Hamadan are Eev. J. W. Hawkes, Mrs. Hawkes and Miss Annie Montgomery. It will thus be seen that there is access to a much larger territory than when missionary effort was begun about fifty years ago. Christian work and influence have been extend ing from the Nestorians to the Mohammedan population. Our interest in any place may depend somewhat on our knowledge of the way to reach it. Making America the starting point, a traveler to Persia can take passage by steamer from New York or other Atlantic ports to Liver pool or other ports in Great Britain or on the Continent...   show more
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