Letter from Abaiang [Apaiana].
May 7, 1863.
To Rev. E. W. Clark:—Aloha oe, and Parker Jr., and all the elders of the Church, at Kawaiahao, and all the members. We met once more with the Hoku Ao on the 21st of May, and there is much joy for frequently meeting with us; we are blessed by hearing often the news from Honolulu, and sending news back from here.
There is not much news from here pertaining to our work, but there is peace amongst God’s people, and they are in good health, and they are performing the duties for which they came; they are planting, and watering, and what is left is for God to make it grow.
Who from our Church is ready to come in October, to live with me here in this pagan land? There is a call from Maiana for me to got and live with them, but I am looking for a fellow worker to go with me to the island of Maiana; there are 6,000 souls on that island. Hey! My older brothers and younger siblings in the same work of good. Don’t have regrets for your land of birth, don’t covet wealth that will rot away; come and don’t be afraid of being killed, and of lackof food of this land, and perhaps of your life being shortened. Don’t consider those foolish things; there is but one great reward, it is in heaven; the life of our souls.
There is also this. The Alii comes often in fellowship to the prayer meetings with his wife, and his makaainana, but we are waiting for the fruition. With appreciation.
D. P. Aumai
(Kuokoa, 9/26/1863, p. 2)