Notes on the Canadian Mission to Trinidad, VI
The Role of the Converted in the Mission
The missionaries made it their first priority to recruit influential leaders in every village. There they found some degree of skepticism, and opposition from Hindu scholars and priests; but also many willing and committed followers.
Names particularly mentioned with gratitude and respect by Dr Grant, from the early days of the mission are:
* Benjamin Balaram was from India and returned there after some ten years. He always wore full Indian dress, and rode a donkey to visit workers on the estate. He made quite a startling spectacle as he rode down a track. With the donkey hidden from view and himself floating like magic high above the waving sugar-cane, with white garments flying against a deep blue sky, he reminded Rev. Christie of Rev. 14:6.
Rev. Grant and Morton's mission met fertile ground among the Indian villages, in that the Hindu religion incorporates the concept of all-powering individual self-improvement, the power of personal individual change and commitment to universal ideals. Jacob Laltoo, whose photo appears on the front-page of this website, regularly left his village (Diamond) at 4:00 am and walked the 15 miles to Oriental Hall in San Fernando to receive education directly from our dedicated emissaries of the Gospel. He was not alone.
The early missionaries told stories of being conveyed on the backs of converts through otherwise impassable stretches of mud to reach remote settlements.
No more compelling image of the partnership could be portrayed.
Toward a Theological College, 1890
Iere Home for Girls, 1890
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth James Grant in the field
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