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Making courageous decisions that build a courageous life

Ralph Leo recently sent an email about Adoniram Judson’s life. Judson was a pioneer missionary to Burma. I quote from the email: Judson was an ordinary young man who had to make choices, just like all of us. First, he had to make the choice to follow Jesus. He then proce…
By Seth Barnes

Ralph Leo recently sent an email about Adoniram Judson’s
life. Judson was a pioneer missionary to
Burma. I quote from the email:

Judson was an ordinary young man who had to make choices,
just like all of us. First, he had to make
the choice to follow Jesus. He then
proceeded to make a series of decisions that changed the world for eternity…

  • He decided to turn down one of America’s
    leading churches in favor of spending his life ministering among a people
    who had never heard the gospel – something unprecedented in his day.
  • He decided to insist on the development of a
    missions sending agency from the USA, which was another thing
    unheard of in those days.
  • He decided to sail for Asia
    with the War of 1812 looming.
  • He decided to become a Baptist (he came from a
    Congregational background) while aboard a ship bound for India as
    he studied the Greek New Testament.
    Today the Baptists are the largest Protestant missionary force in
    the world.
  • He decided to leave the somewhat stable
    environment offered by William Carey in India
    for the very unstable and dangerous shores of Burma.
  • He was among the first to decide to fully
    contextualize the gospel on the field by adopting native culture and
    himself teaching from a Burmese

    zayat
    each day.

  • He decided to leave the coastal city of Rangoon and travel
    inland to approach the emperor, even though it could have meant death.
  • He decided to remain in Burma with
    the threat of war with the British looming there, and was therefore
    imprisoned for several years in a torturous setting.
  • He decided to remain in Burma for his entire life, even in failing
    health, knowing that in his case an early death in Burma
    would be better for God’s Kingdom than a full life in the States.

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