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Written by W.M. Mitchell   


Dear Children:—Notwithstanding the abundant evidence we have that the children’s department of the MESSENGER has become quite interesting to many readers, we shall be compelled to write short articles lest we might crowd out more interesting matter of the large amount now on hand from correspondents. We are very much favored with letters for publication and regret that some have to remain over so long for want of space. If subscribers to the GOSPEL MESSENGER were prompt to pay their dues we might be better able to enlarge, and publish many letters that now have to lie over for months. But as it now is, and as it has been for some time, we have more letters than we have money to pay for publishing. Hope those who desire the prosperity of the GOSPEL MESSENGER will think of this and not get so far behind in their payments. It makes us go cramped and fettered in our publication. And now, dear children, we want to tell you that we have felt a deep interest in our young friends, and especially for those in trouble, as to their lost and ruined condition as sinners. Sometimes they write us letters telling how they feel on this important subject. A little son, fourteen years old, who lives in Florida, after writing several things about how he delighted to read the MESSENGER and how he was trying to get up some new subscribers for it, winds up his letter by saying: “I know that I am a poor sinner, ruined and lost, but hope the Lord will have mercy upon me.” Yes, little friend, the Lord will have mercy on all such as He has brought to see their need, as you do. In deed you have already been a partaker of his mercy. It is mercy, and a great mercy, from God, that any sinner is made to feel and know his lost and ruined condition. Let all such continue to cry unto God for mercy, and mercy they will assuredly obtain. Let them come boldly to the throne of grace, that they may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need,” Heb. 4:16. Another little friend writes from near Fayetteville, Tenn. He says, “I enjoy letters to children very much. I hope you are well and that your afflicted eye is better. My father’s family is well except one of my sisters, but her health is better now than when you were here. She desires to see you again. I was at Buckeye the first Sunday in this month, (December, 1883,) and heard Elders Walker and Wood preach. Mr. Wood’s text was ‘how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation,’ Heb. 2. I love to go to hear Primitive Baptists preach. My pa and ma are both members at Buckeye. They want you to visit this country again. I must close. Your little friend, G. W.”

Another little friend of about the same age writes from Texas and says: “I call you father, because you give children such good advice. I am a child, but my father gets the MESSENGER every mouth. He and two brothers want to constitute a church, with five more Primitive Baptists, here. Father began to take the MESSENGER when I began to read, and he has made a book of them, and they will be good to read for many years. We live forty miles west of San Antonio. Your little friend, D. D. D.” Adieu for this time.—M.

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