I can hear my Savior calling:
Take up Your cross and follow Me.
Let my heart move in sweet surrender.
Lord it’s my joy to say Yes to You!
Adoniram Judson lived from 1788-1850 and was a missionary to Burma for almost 40 years. Before he left for the mission field, he fell in love with Ann Hasseltine. Knowing the hardships that they were sure to face being on the mission field, he wrote Ann’s father a letter:
“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 to a heathen land, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life? Whether you can 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 a crown of righteousness brightened by the acclamations of praise which shall resound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?”
While they both did go through many hardships on the mission field, Adoniram Judson left 100 churches and over 8,000 believers. It took him 24 years to translate the entire bible into Burmese. As his commitment to evangelism continues to inspire, it is Adoniram’s translation work that continues to reap gospel fruit in Myanmar and serve as an example for countless missionaries the world over.
[Piper quotes author Patrick Johnstone in Operation World, who estimates the Myanmar Baptist Convention to be 3,700 congregations with 617,781 members and 1,900,000 affiliates — the fruit of Judson’s labors.]