Fiji and the Fijians
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ... ity, and began to worship the Lord. As a Heathen, he was feared and influential; but the mild rule of love is not regarded by dark-minded Heathens. The Chiefs opposed; and the priests, to please the Chiefs, and to vindicate their own false system, under professed inspiration, predicted a drouth, and that the earth would be so scorched as not to produce food because of this innovation. The priests were set fast when DEGREESfbukarau asked them how they would manage to live themselves when their god sent a famine. Happily he was a fearless man, unmoved by threats and slights, and just suited to take the first stand against the old system. In spite of opposition, he continued to profess Christianity, and live up to all he knew of it; and, when he heard that the Tongan Teachers had arrived at Lakemba, he immediately sailed thither to ask that one might go with him to Vanuambalavu. It was a sight to strengthen the Missionary's heart in his toil, to see that rough, powerful man, knowing that he had been standing alone in his profession of religion, and now had made a voyage on purpose to get some one to teach him and his people the way of the Lord. He went home with a promise that his wish should be attended to; and, shortly after, a Fijian Teacher was taken over by Josiah, who introduced him to his friends. By this time nine others had joined Mbukarau, and the little company showed great delight at the coming of the Teacher. Prejudice and opposition were giving way, and the Chiefs house was crowded during the services held in it. He himself earnestly exhorted all to repent and believe the Gospel, and shortly was married by religious rite to his one wife. He became a Class-Leader and Local Preacher, and has since led a blameless life, being ever..