Sandy Grant reminds us of this pivotal moment in world Gospel work.
…this Sunday … 200 years ago today, Adoniram and Ann Judson sailed from Massachusetts, on February 19, 1812, apparently the first Protestant American missionaries to travel overseas.
The Judsons became pioneers in Buddhist Burma, a nation of tyrants and no freedom of religion, of war with Siam (i.e. Thailand), of cholera, malaria, and dysentery. Six years passed before they saw their first convert. In that time, their first two children died. A few years later, Judson was imprisoned and tortured. Caring for him over those 17 months broke Ann’s health. Eleven months after his release, she died, soon followed by their third and last child.
All of which resonates with Kevin Murray who today has “the privilege of preaching the Word of God to the Yangon congregation of the Evangelical Church of Myanmar” as a representative of the Australian Presbyterian World Mission.
Read Sandy Grant’s whole post at The Briefing.