Adoniram Judson is often called America’s first foreign missionary and today marks the 203rd anniversary of his ordination to be a missionary. History tells us that February 6, 1812 was a cold day with fresh-fallen snow laying on the ground in Salem Massachusetts. In spite of that, around 1,500 people attended the ordination of Judson and four other missionaries.

In 1834 Judson completed a translation of the whole Bible into the Burmese language! His was not an easy road, and during the Anglo-Burmese War, he spent twenty-one months in prison. He ministered in Burma for nearly 40 years. He died in 1850 and was buried at sea.

The following are some of my favorite quotes attributed to Judson.

“In spite of sorrow, loss, and pain, our course be onward still; We sow on Burma’s barren plain, We reap on Zion’s hill.”

“If I had not felt certain that every additional trial was ordered by infinite love and mercy, I could not have survived my accumulated sufferings.”

“The motto of every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be ‘Devoted for life.’”

As you and I minister for God in our world, regardless of what He has called us to do, may we be devoted for life!

Devoted for life

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