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Our Children in Old Scotland and Nova Scotia
Part II - Chapter XVI - What we hope to do

This is an important chapter, but one contained in few words.

I have told the story of my lifeís work for destitute children in the hope that many friends will be inclined to help me to carry it on, and so permanently help to save many more.

I have established the Home in Nova Scotia in the hope that it will be a real home to numbers of poor children who have no other, and that it will be a safe starting-point for many boys and girls in a new country, where they have the opportunity offered to them of rising in the world, as well as a home to which they can come at any time for counsel or refuge in time of troubleóto say nothing of the place where their success will always be most heartily rejoiced in by all the folks at home.

We have all laboured to make the farm and workshops an efficient training school for lads of good character, from whence they quickly obtain good situations, and therefore hope that many will take advantage of it. We hope that the same habits of industry, faithfulness, and kindness learned in the house will help to fit many girls for being the good household helpers who are so ardently desired and warmly welcomed on this side of the Atlantic. And I earnestly hope that this work will increase yet more and more, and that our children and their descendants will long be known as a seed whom the Lord has blessed in the maritime provinces, not to mention the States, where some of our young men and women are prospering abundantly. I trust that long after my work for children is over, they will be known as heads of godly, righteous, and sober families.

I hope that Godís people will consider the case of many poor children who are orphans, or worse, by reason of the cruelty of their parents. No doubt all are not suitable cases for emigration, but many are. Competent judges say the need is as great as ever in our large cities, yea, even all over the country. I, for one, dare not contradict them.

Much has been done, but much yet remains, and therefore I desire to open the doors of these Homes at Hillfoot Farm, N.S., as wide as possible to every destitute child.


For this I cry to God day and night, for this I have given my life, and I know that in this work the Lord has blessed me so I hope by His help still to save many, body and soul, to bring sunshine and hope into many a poor childís life, and to lead the active steps of many young men and maidens into safe and pleasant paths. Truly, "we are not sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God." Truly has the word been verified in our experience : "The lame shall take the prey." So we go on from day to day, hoping, praying, "in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour shall not be in vain in the Lord."

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