Hey guys, so sorry for the delay in my posts. Just wanted to remind everyone if they haven’t registered for our Missions Conference on May 17th, to do so by going to the right and clicking the link in yellow. To register you simply need to fill out your name and email, and how many people are attending. As you already may know, the conference is free.
I’ve been re-reading Adoniram Judson’s biography called “To The Golden Shores” by Courtney Anderson and I must say it’s rocking me. The passion, and determination that is displayed is incredible. He was a genious, and gave himslef for the cause of Christ being known by those who had never heard of him in the region of what we now call Myanmar (Burma). I think over the next couple of posts I will quote some parts of this book, and talk a little about them.
When writing about the day Adoniram sensed God’s call on his life for missionary work, Anderson writes, “He never recorded the day or time of day. We know that it was during a solitary walk in the woods behind the college in February of 1810. Adoniram said, ‘While meditating and praying on the subject, and feeling half inclined to give it up, the command of Christ, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, was presented to my mind with such clearness and power that I came to a full decision, and though great difficulties appeared in my way, I resolved to obey the command at all events.’ Every urge, every experience from the beginning of his life, had brought it’s influence to this one focus. From this time on, he never doubted his destiny.”
This next quote is crazy. When asking his future Father-in-law to consent to letting Adoniram marry his daughter Nancy Hasseltine, Adoniram’s letter read like this.
“I have now to ask whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and suffering of a missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degredation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of Him who left His heavenly throne, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Savior from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair? “
Would you consent? Would you go?
I will write more about Adoniram’s life and how God used this man for His glory in ways we may not have expected. Oh yeah, you probablly already guessed that the picture above is Adoniram Judson.