Of Br. John Hasting,formerly Missionary in Labrador,
who departed this life at Niesky, Oct. 31st,1836.
[Written by his Widow.]
Periodical Accounts, Vol. 15

MYlate husband left behind him no record of his course through time, and the numerous experiences which he made, during his long pilgrimage, of the grace and mercy of his Lord and Saviour. When I pressed him on the subject, his answer was, "There is nothing in regard to me or my life on earth, worth recording. If any thing has been done through me, it is my Saviour's work alone, and to Him alone be the glory, whose mercy and faithfulness have led me throughout my pilgrimage. In myself, I see nothing but mistakes and short-comings, and, when admitted to His presence, my only plea will be -

'Here comes a sinner, who would fain,
 Through the Lamb's ransom entrance gain.'"
 He was born March 18th, 1762, at Sornzig, near Hochkirch, in Upper Lusatia. His parents were in close connexion with the Brethren's Church, and meetings were held in their house. Being very desirous that their children should be brought up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord, they sent their son, in his sixth year, to the school established at Kleinwelke.
 He often called to mind the gracious drawings of the Holy Spirit which he there experienced, and the blessing which he derived from the prayer-days for the children, and other festivals. At the end of five years, his parents took him from school, on account of his delicate state of health. This was a great trial to him, and he prayed very fervently to the Lord, that He would open a way for him to return to a congregation of the Brethren. Nor was it long before his wish was realized, by his being apprenticed to the joiners' business at Herrnhut. He was soon received into the congregation, but had to wait three years for admission to the Holy Communion,- an interval, however, which was not unblessed to his soul. While the congregation were assembled at the Lord's table, he and some other youths were wont to meet for prayer, imploring the Lord to manifest Himself likewise to their souls. And during his early years in general, the Spirit of God was at work within him, and filled him with deep concern for his eternal welfare. When, on one occasion, he was unbosoming himself on this subject to his superior, the late Br. Gneuss, the latter knelt down with him and offered up a fervent prayer in his behalf, which was indelibly impressed on his mind.
 After his entrance into the company of single Brethren, he felt an impulse to serve the Lord amongst the Heathen, which, however, he cherished for some time in secret. Meanwhile, he learned English from a retired Missionary, along with eleven other young Brethren, all of whom, he remarked, with one exception, were subsequently called into active service.
 January 15th, 1786, he received a proposal to engage in the service of the Labrador Mission, which he accepted in humble faith, and arrived at Nain, /50/Sept. 8th. He soon became attached to the Esquimaux, and bestowed great pains on the acquisition of the language. But the prospects of the Mission were, at that time, far from cheering; the labour of the Brethren appeared to be lost, and their hope of achieving any thing for their Lord amongst the Esquimaux, was often exchanged for despondency. They had, besides, many temporal difficulties to struggle with, and no small toil to undergo, especially in winter, when they had to drag their firewood from the thickets through deep snow, sometimes at the hazard of their lives, my husband, on one of these expeditions, having, in a dense fog, been nearly precipitated into the sea with his sledge. At this period of difficulty and self-denial, he often moistened with his tears the caves of Labrador; and he ever after thought with sympathy on those single Brethren who had to encounter similar trials. The annual letters of the Elders' Conference of the Unity were very consolatory to him at this season, and he referred with pleasure to the lines quoted in one of them, as peculiarly appropriate:-
 "To Him who chose us for us his own,
 Our wants and cares are fully known."
 In the year 1794, he was called to Okkak, and, during a visit which he paid to Europe in 1800, we were united in holy matrimony at Kleinwelke. After he had been ordained a deacon in the Brethren's Church, we set out on our journey, March, 31st, and reached Okkak, Aug. 25th, where he resumed his duties with fresh ardour. In 1804, we removed to Nain; and, in the following year, had the pleasure to be witnesses of the powerful awakening which then took place amongst the Esquimaux. It was, in truth, a blessed time, when one after another was laid hold on by Divine grace, and came to us weeping, with the inquiry, "What must I do to be saved?" A living flock of the Lord was now gathered round us, and the Spirit's mighty influence prevaded all hearts.
 In 1810, we removed to Hopedale; and, in 1813, paid a visit to Europe, in order to take our youngest son to school. The state of affairs on the continent, however, rendered our entering Germany impracticable, and we were obliged to stay in England over the winter. Our eldest son was already in Fulneck school, and we left his younger brother there likewise, when we returned in the following spring to Labrador, cheered and refreshed by the kindness shewn us by our brethren, and sisters, and friends in England. But the health of my dear husband began to fail, and though a partial restoration took place, so that he could prosecute his labours for a time, by the Lord's help, we were at length under the necessity of requesting our dismission, his spirits having become affected, and no medical aid being to be had in Labrador. It was a painful separation from our dear fellow-labourers and Esquimaux, when we set sail for England, Oct. 1st, 1817. Our stay in London, which we reached on the last of the month, was protracted, partly by the ill health of our children, and partly by want of sailing opportunities, till the 10th of December. We recognised it as a remarkable preservation, that a vessel which had sailed a week earlier, and had gone down near Cuxhaven, had declined taking any /51/passengers. We were, however, exposed to a severe trial, being ourselves wrecked in the evening of Dec. 19th. The captain's avarice had led him to forgo the assistance of a pilot, and our ship stuck on the sand- bank with so violent a crash, that we expected to sink every moment. Falling on our knees, we commended our souls to God, and were favoured with a powerful perception of his peace. The captain, who was conscious of being the cause of this disaster, cried out in a tone of despair, "The Almighty well knows how to punish him who provokes His anger." Measures were now resorted to in order to lighten the ship, which had sprung a considerable leak, and had already seven feet of water in the hold, and all hands were summoned to the pumps. In this critical and anxious condition we continued the whole of the day following, till, on the morning of the 21st, the storm and sleet abated, and the captain went on shore in the small boat. Several boats came alongside at daybreak, in one of which we reached land, in the afternoon of the 22nd, filled with gratitude to our God and Saviour for the preservation we had experienced.
 After staying three weeks at Altona, we continued our journey to Herrnhut, where we arrived Feb.10th, 1818. During our residence with our relatives at Kleinwelke, my husband's health was so much improved, that he felt no hesitation in accepting a call to serve the society at Breslau in Silesia. June 14th, we were welcomed by them most cordially, and the Lord raised up many friends both in town and country, who took a lively interest in the Missionary cause. The welfare of his dear Esquimaux lay very near his heart, and he sought to maintain the bond of love with them by regular correspondence. He derived much pleasure from a yearly visit to Stonsdorf, the seat of Count Henry the 38th Reuss, with whom he formed a connexion, which subsequently ripened into the closest intimacy, and was only severed by the decease of the latter in April, 1835. The happiness of being at home with the Lord had latterly formed a frequent topic of their conversation with each other.
 In 1824, we removed to Niesky, to take charge of the society in the vicinity of that settlement, and thus had the pleasure once more to participate in the privileges enjoyed by the members of our congregations. In December of this year, my husband travelled to Berlin, in order to see an Esquimaux, who had been brought over by the captain of an American vessel. Great was the joy on both sides, when he recognised in him one of his former pupils at Hopedale. But his endeavours to assist him in returning to his native country were /52/ineffectual. In visiting the souls committed to his care, he often exerted himself beyond his strength, and when I could no longer share in the fatigues of his journeys, Br. Von Blow offered his services, and proved a valuable companion to him. In 1835, he visited his children at Gnadenfrey, for the last time, calling on several esteemed friends on the road.
 Jan. 15th following, being the anniversary of his call to the service of the Lord 50 years ago, he was much affected by the retrospect of all the mercies which had been vouchsafed to him during that period. In June, he was suddenly taken ill, while on a visit at Seidenborg, but recovered so far that he could proceed to Herrnhut in July, where he met with many of his personal friends assembled at the Synod, and was particularly glad to meet with several brethren and sisters from England. There was, however, a striking alteration in his appearance, which rendered it probable that the end of his pilgrimage was approaching. Aug. 21st, he held his last discourse at Görlitz, closing with an impressive prayer, in which he commended his little flock collected in that place to the blessing of the Lord.
 /53/ Aug. 29th, he had an apoplectic seizure, followed by a slow fever and a troublesome cough, which allowed him little rest. He now looked forwards to his departure, and took leave of his children, who had come over from Gnadenfrey, with a heartfelt exhortation to them to cleave to the Lord with full purpose of heart. Oct. 23rd, after some appearance of amendment, which almost encouraged me to hope that he might be preserved to me a while longer, the fever and cough returned with greater violence, and baffled all the means which could be suggested. It was apparent the Lord was hastening his dissolution, and to this he was perfectly resigned, saying, "His will be done." During the delirium of his last days, his mind was often occupied with imaginary visits to the dispersed brethren and sisters. On the 31st, his departure was evidently drawing near. Seeing my tears, he directed me for consolation to the Saviour, as a Friend who would never leave me. The blessing of the Lord having been imparted to him, under sweet perception of the Divine presence, he slumbered, like a weary child, till towards evening, when he breathed his last during the singing of a hymn.
 The following testimonial is subjoined by the ministering servants of the congregation at Niesky:-
 Our late Brother walked among us as a sincere disciple and servant of the Lord,-as a pardoned sinner, who had found rest and peace for his soul by faith in Christ's atonement, and who delighted to make known to others the Saviour who had done so much for him. His character was marked by great tenderness of feeling, which often, doubtless, gave great affect to his testimony in the course of his official labours. The blessing which the Lord laid upon his activity will long be thankfully remembered, especially by our country brethren and sisters, whom he so faithfully served.
 He attained to the age of seventy-four years and seven months.
(Text furnished by Dr. Hans Rollmann)