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(Pgs. 271-272) February 28, 1863 ‘One Mr. Paton, expressing great anxiety to see some of them, she, after consulting some time with the other blacks, said she had some belonging to King John, her uncle, who was absent, and left them in her care.  After considerable reluctance shown on the part of the other blacks,...
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(Pg. 168) February 15, 1861 Mr. Gordon, in his last letter to me dated the 15th of February, 1861, says: “My Dear Brother- I have news of the best and of the worst character to communicate.  A young man died in December, in the Lord, as we believe.  We are still preserved in health at...
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(Pgs. 211-212) January 26, 1862 On Sunday the 26th of January, thirty persons came to work at the mission house.  Thereafter, at great risk, we had worship at three of the nearest and most friendly villages.  Admidst all our perils and trails, we preached the Gospel to about one hundred and sixteen persons.  It was...
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(Pgs. 152-154) January 1, 1861 The first of January 1861 was a New Year’s Day ever to be remembered.  Mr. And Mrs. Johnston, Abraham and I, had spent nearly the whole time in a kind of solemn, yet happy festival.  Anew in a holy covenant before God, we unitedly consecrated our lives and our all...
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On this day in 1832, Melville Cox, the first missionary sent out by the American methodist, set sail for Liberia aboard the Jupiter. For seven years, the money to send a missionary to Liberia lay unused. The mission committee could find no one willing to take the risk.  They could find no one, that is, until...
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On this day in 1816, Robert Moffat, at the young age of 21, set sail for South Africa. Robert Moffat was a Scotchman born in 1795. His early dream was to be a sailor but the experience of one voyage changing his views.  His parents were earnest Christians and when he was leaving home for...
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On this day in 1822, William Richards was married to Clarissa Lyman.  Nineteen days later, they set sail for Hawaii, where they would help pioneer the new missionary work that was taking a hold of the Island. Upon arriving in Hawaii, William attended language school and finished the courses quickly.  But when he gathered a congregation of...
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On this day in 1744, David Brainerd, when asked to come administer the Lord’s Supper to a small English congregation without a pastor, responded that he would only come if they allowed him to bring some of his Indian disciples with him. Though hesitant at first, the church finally agreed.  Brainerd recorded that: I invited...
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While working as a translator on a peace treaty between England and Burma, Adoniram Judson received a black-sealed letter.  The messenger, when he handed Judson the letter, said, “I am sorry to inform you on the death of your child.”  Thinking that his infant daughter, who had been suffering severely since birth, had died, Judson...
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On this day in 1849, Joseph Merrick, a Jamaican Baptist missionary who established the first successful mission on the Cameroon coast of Africa, died. Merrick began preaching in 1837 in Jamaica and was ordained a full missionary in 1838.  In 1842, missionaries with the Baptist Missionary Society of London sought out Jamaican lay missionaries to...
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