April 19th in World Evangelism History

On this day in 1832, Presbyterian missionary to North Africa and the Middle East, Henry Harris Jessup, was born in Montrose, Pennsylvania. Jessup attended and graduated from Yale University as well as Union Theological Seminary. After finishing his education, he was ordained and immediately went to the foreign mission field for the service of the Presbyterian church.

During his time as a missionary, Jessup was married three times after losing his first two wives to death. Jessup spent four years in Tripoli, Lebanon where he put much time and effort into learning Arabic which he proved to be skilled at. He later served as the acting pastor for the Syrian Church of Beirut as well as the superintendent of its school for 30 years. He also acted as an editor for the Arabic journal El-Neshrah. He was also one of the founders of the Syrian Protestant College which is known today as the American university of Beirut.

While faithfully and tirelessly working and serving in Beirut, he refused a few different offers of prestigious jobs. He turned down a professorship at Union Seminary. He rejected a position as secretary of the Presbyterian Board. He also refused the post of United States minister to Persia.

Are we willing, like Jessup, to stick to what God has called us to do no matter what? It is common to hear of hardship coming to missionaries and them having to stick to what God has called them to do. However, sometimes really great things happen. However, the principle is still the same. Will we do the work that God has given us and commanded us to do, no matter what? Good or bad, will we stick to God’s will for our lives. Jessup did. Let’s be like him and not be distracted by opportunities or oppositions. Seek God first and decide to do His will no matter what.


On this day in 1856, medical missionary to India, Anna Sarah Kugler, was born in  Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Kugler graduated from the Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia and did an internship at the Norristown State Asylum. She received a letter from Reverend Adam D. Rowe, missionary serving in India, telling her of the urgent need for medical care for the indigenous women. He encouraged her to come and provide that care.

Kugler went to India but her church did not grant her the title of “Medical Missionary.” While she was disappointed because of this, she was also willing to go under the title of “Teacher,” because she knew God had called her to be in India working with medicine and at the time, going as a teacher was the only way for her to go. A few years later, she was finally appointed as a medical missionary and she began to do a great work among the Indians.

During her time as a medical missionary, Kugler was able to plant a hospital and dispensary. She also worked for the opening of additional dispensaries in other villages. Among her other projects were raising funds for a children’s ward, maternity ward, and an operating room in the hospital and other areas

Are we, like Kugler, willing to use what God has called us to do for His glory and kingdom? Kugler was a doctor and while she could have made a good living working as a doctor in America, she gave her life to helping the spiritual and physical well-being of people in India. Instead of having a lot of money to herself, she had to raise money for the different hospitals and clinics that she set up. Are we willing to use what God has given us and to use it His way? Let’s count the cost, have a heart for lost souls in need, and give what God has given us back to Him for His use.

*Post submitted and written by Edward de los Reyes

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