Saturday, July 13, 2013

Two Hundred Years Ago Today

It was July 13, 1813 that Adoniram and Ann Judson first set eyes on Rangoon.

Already, they had experienced much adjustment and loss. Ann's best friend Harriet Newell, just 19, had died in childbirth. Ann's baby had been stillborn. They had not been allowed to stay in India. Following their consciences, they had switched denominations and now were unsure of their support.

Ann was so weak she couldn't stand. Adoniram was weary and depressed.

These were the eyes through which they first saw the pagodas of Burma. It was the dreary monsoon season. The streets looked drab and dirty to Adoniram's eyes and that's what he conveyed to Ann.

Ann had to be carried from the ship. They went to the home of Felix Carey and found that he was away. Servants made them as comfortable as they could. With rest and prayer, their spirits rebounded and they began to see the beauty and possibility around them.

These pioneer missionaries went on to accomplish much and to suffer much for the kingdom of Christ. They never gave up, never turned back.

If you would like to learn more about the Judsons, I recommend Rosalie Hall Hunt's book, Bless God and Take Courage. It is highly readable, even for younger folks and contains much information about the Judson's lives and legacy.

Who do you see as role models of the Faith?

I first  learned about the Judsons at the Christian Youth Conference at Ocean Park. If you have teens, they would enjoy this leadership development conference that provides an experience of Christian community on the beautiful southern coast of Maine. This year's dates are August 4-17th and their is still time to register.


  1. Thank you for your post about these unsung heroes of The Faith. I appreciate your work for Our Father.

    1. Thank you! They are truly great examples.

  2. What an interesting post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. That's a great and inspirational story, interesting even to those outside the faith. Thanks for sharing!