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God's Answers A Record of Miss Annie Macpherson's Work at the Home of Industry, Spitalfields, London, and in Canada   By:

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God's Answers is a remarkable memoir by Clara M. S. Lowe, chronicling the incredible work undertaken by Miss Annie Macpherson at the Home of Industry in Spitalfields, London, and later in Canada. Through her vivid storytelling, Lowe paints a vivid and moving picture of Macpherson's tireless efforts to rescue and rehabilitate destitute children in the late 19th century.

The book opens with an introduction to the dire circumstances faced by impoverished children living in the slums of Spitalfields. Lowe delves into the details, exposing the harsh realities of these children, many of whom were abandoned or orphaned, and the challenges they faced daily. However, amidst this darkness, Macpherson emerged as a shining light with an unwavering commitment to making a difference.

Lowe masterfully recounts Macpherson's journey, from her establishment of the Home of Industry in Spitalfields, a place where children were provided with food, shelter, education, and most importantly, love and care. Through heartwarming stories and testimonials, Lowe provides firsthand accounts of the impact Miss Macpherson's intervention had on the lives of countless children. From teaching them practical skills to instilling in them a sense of self-worth, Macpherson's dedication shines through every page.

The narrative then transitions to Macpherson's mission in Canada, where she took her passion for helping destitute children to a new continent. Lowe describes Macpherson's establishment of various homes and colonies across Canada, providing a safe haven for children who would have otherwise been left to fend for themselves. The challenges of adapting to a new environment are not overlooked, and Lowe delivers a gripping account of Macpherson's perseverance and resourcefulness.

What sets God's Answers apart is the genuine sense of empathy and compassion that pervades every chapter. Lowe skillfully gives voice to the children, sharing their personal stories and their incredible transformation under Macpherson's care. The reader becomes invested in the lives of these children, celebrating their triumphs and shedding tears over their losses. It is a testament to Lowe's skill as a writer that she can convey such raw emotions while maintaining a respectful and engaging narrative.

Furthermore, the book offers a valuable historical perspective on the social and economic conditions of the time. It sheds light on the often-overlooked reality of child labor, poverty, and homelessness and exposes the deeply-rooted societal issues that needed addressing. By exploring Miss Macpherson's work, readers gain insight into the resilience of the human spirit and the power of one dedicated individual to effect meaningful change.

While the book could benefit from a more seamless flow between chapters, this minor flaw is easily overshadowed by the overwhelming sense of hope and inspiration that radiates from its pages. God's Answers is a poignant and illuminating tribute to the tireless efforts of Miss Annie Macpherson, a woman who dedicated her life to providing a brighter future for the most vulnerable children of her time. Clara M. S. Lowe's storytelling is captivating, transporting readers to a time and place where compassion and perseverance triumphed against all odds.

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"Peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee."

1 CHRON. xii. 18.




1861 1869.

Prayer of Hon. and Rev. Baptist Noel Residence in Cambridgeshire Visit to London in 1861, and first attendance at Barnet Conferences Visit of Rev. W. and Mrs. Pennefather East of London, 1861 Left Cambridgeshire, 1865 Work in Bedford Institute 1866: Voyage to New York and return, 1867 First girl rescued Matchbox makers First boy rescued Revival Refuge open for boys and girls 1868: Home of Industry secured 1869: Opened.


1869 1870.

Emigration of families A visitor's impressions The great life work Emigration of the young, begun 1870 First party of boys to Canada with Miss Macpherson and Miss Bilbrough Their reception Mr. Merry takes oat second party out boys Miss Macpherson returns to England and takes out a party of girls Canadian welcome and happy homes Canadian pastor's story.


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