Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yearning to Know

From Maggie Paton, wife of missionary to the New Hebrides, John Paton, to her sister, about caring for a sick native, November 3, 1875:

His mind was so dark, but he was yearning to know something of that world to which he was hastening, and I felt it so hard to be tongue-tied, for I can’t speak a word of Tannese… I could do little more than mention that blessed Name which is above every name, and point upward; and oh, how eagerly he would look up with his great wistful eyes, and then at me, as if he would fain drink in more!

Letters and Sketches from the New Hebrides, by Maggie Whitecross Paton, printed by Reformation Heritage Books and Sprinkle Publications, 2003, pp. 236-37.

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