Posted: November 2, 2011 in Thoughts of a Broken Vessel

This is a letter that an American missionary to Burma, Adoniram Judson wrote to his father in law requesting him to allow him to have his wife partner with him in the missions there:

“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 sufferings of missionary life, whether you an 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 degradation, insult, persecution and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home 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 her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?”

The dad left the decision to the daughter and the daughter agreed to go. Would you have said yes?

God does not call us to ease, but to faithful joy.

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper.


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