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A Beautiful Life

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Miss Militie, datiffhter of Alexanripr and Harriet Kerr, was bom Marcli 2ö, 1858, and died at the home of her pRrents near Ann Arbor, December 11, 1886. The life of her, whose name stand; at the head of this unpretending sketch was a life, unselfish in its aini9, earnest in its purposes, aDd beautiftil In its fulfllment. In her earliestcliildhood she wasthoughtful and religlous. At the aze of sixteen slie publicly professed ftith in Ciirist and united with the M. E. Church In Ann Arbor. After leaving school slie en;aged for a time in teaching. She was eurly impressed with the importance of missionary work in foreign fields. In the year 1879 she met a returned missionary, and from her, "wbo spoke whereof ehe knevv," Hattie heard of the whitening harvests and the great lack of laborers in that land of darkness and superstition, India. She was greatly inter ested, ar.d her sympathie were aroused for the ïgnorant and degraded in that farofl" land. A strong and olear conviction came to her that slie was culled of God to tliis work. With her, to think was to act. She determined to offer herself to the V. F. M. S., and to her great joy was accepted. Fain would we linger over this period of her life, thia time so full of hopes, of dreams, of eager outlooking, of active prepamtion. The trying time had come, but there was no misgivings. She man ifettod the saine cheerfulness, the same all-absorbinjr love for the cause she had espoused, the same spirit, of perfect consecration, so that none doubted but that she tïillv realized the magnitude of the work she was undertaking. Her heart seemed over-flowing with gratltude that her desires had been so far realized. She said to a friend I am sad in view of leaving home, friends and native land, yet I would not turn back. I am glad to go. luimrdiately on herarrival on missionary groiuul, she was i'istalled as teacher in the "Barelllj Orplianage." Soine idea of the intluence of her work and the impressions made by her noble Christian character, may be gleatnerf from the followiDg extracts from a letter written to the bereaved fimily by her co-worker. Miss Sparks, superiiitendeat of the Or phanage. She says, "I never had anyone associated with me whoni the girU loved more tlian they did Miss Kerr, and no one could have been more wiitchful for opportunities to do ;ood tluin was she. Slie loved the work intensely, and her one dcsire was to win souls to Cluist. "A bright, promMng boy of twelve yeais of age, whom slie had dopted. was the object of mach policitude and in8truction, and she had the joy of seeing htm convertod bofore she lett India. She labored two years in the orphannge and was then transferred to Bljnour. Here she was the only missionary. Hlie was tuUted in her work by native Ghristinn helpers. The burden ot responsibility c.irried ilmost alone was more than Ñ WMabU to bear, and her licallh utterly g.ivv, way. "Sh was urored by friends to return to America and leek the rest she so inuch needed. but she was unxious to stiiy and do what she could. At the session of the conference she was stationed at Shahjehmipore. wlieie the labor and responsibility would be shared with other missionariea. "She grew more and more feeble until, painful as was the thought to her, slu ilccided it was best to return home, and if she must die, it would be uier, she saidtodie near her dear mother. She left India early in April, 1885. "She lellnquislied lier work with deep torro w and regret. She never seenicd to doubt but that God had culled her to lliwork in India, thoiiiili her time of service had been so brief.'1 After reaching home, to the very last, 8he showed the faithfulness ot her apiiit, and her euriiestness as a missionary. Her mind often turned back to her beioved India, and her eyes would kiadle with pliM.-ure as she BxpraaMd the hope that she inight ag.iin be able to resume her work there. Her streiifrtli gradmlly Mled, and t became apparent to her friïiids tliat tho Lord was preparing lier, not for future service in 1 1 is cause on eartli, but for the e-ijoy:nent of the beauty and blis" t Heuven. Wliile sittiiig witli the fainily, engaged in pleasant conversation the mtsi-eDger ciinie and found her ready. A moment or two and all was over, and llciii.i sweetly slept in Jesns. Her life was short as we count days and years 6 ut it was t'ull and complete To India she gave her best - even her life. Nor Ims t been in vain. Her influence for good will never cease. Ann Aruok, .lununry 31, 1887.


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