Minutes of the Leon River Baptist Association, 1871 Page: 4


I have been engaged about seven months, traveled about 1060 miles,
preached 64 sermons, delivered 40 exhortations, assisted in organizing
three churches-all of which have secured pastors-assisted in the
ordination of one minister and five deacons, and visited a large number
of families, and held religious worship with them. I have received from
the churches and congregations of the Association, $69 25; from the
Searsville Baptist Church and congregation, of the Waco Association,
$9 20, and from the Davilla Baptist Sunday-school, $8 00, making
$86 45.
I have had the voluntary assistance of Elder B. J. Bassel about half
the time, who labored faithfully in the Master's cause. I have found,
dear brethren, in the field of my labors, a few families without the Word
of God, and many destitute of religious literature, and a great destitu-
tion of the Gospel.
I have distributed several Bibles and New Testaments, together with
some religious tracts, contributed by the Cedar Creek Church. In the
judgment of your missionary, the prospect is good for accomplishing
much in the cause of the Savior.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
The Report on Sunday-schools was read and adopted, as
We, your Committee on Sunday-schools, feel grateful to the Great
Head of the Church for the interest manifested by our denomination in
this noble enterprise, believing that God has and still continues to bless
the Sunday-school efforts; that the Baptists are doing much in our
beloved State, yet we could do more if our lay brethren and sisters could
be thoroughly aroused upon this subject. In the report upon this subject
last year by our esteemed Bro. Chamberlin, I hoped that all Baptists
would be induced to engage heartily, but too many still take but little
interest even in the bounds of our own Association.
Brethren, let us be up and doing. Let us encourage our children
knd aid them all we can in learning the precious truths that pertain to
their eternal good. How can a lover of Christ, who has children,
seemingly take so little interest in training their youthful minds and in-
fluencing them to seek the one thing needful and the only thing that can
make them useful in time, and happy through all eternity? Then let us,
as Baptists, work, and while we work let as pray the Divine blessing to
attend our labors; let our hearts be engaged in this glorious cause.
May the time not be far distant when we shall see the church and all

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Leon River Baptist Association (Tex.). Minutes of the Leon River Baptist Association, 1871, pamphlet, 1871; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth253215/m1/6/ocr/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.