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ADONIRAM JUDSON: Following God Through Trials

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I love reading inspirational things that not only inspire and encourage but also challenge and exhort. Living in the USA, it is so easy to get distracted and to prioritize our personal comfort over our contribution to the purposes and plans of God. Many get sucked into the vacuum of self and spend far too much time chasing after their own dreams and desires. All the while, the plans of God are put on the shelf for a more “opportune” time. Have you ever lived that way? Are you living that way now? Wherever you are today, I pray that this newsletter will be a blessing to you. May God use this to either get us back on track with Him, or to help us stay on track with Him and His Kingdom plan.

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Since we are now working in Burma (Myanmar) I recently re-read the biography of the first American missionary, Adoniram Judson, who spent his life serving the Burmese people. I was inspired as I read about all the trials that he, his wife Ann, and their family faced in order to fulfill the Great Commission. When they left for the mission field on February 19, 1812, they only had a slight idea of the difficult things that awaited them. Like the faithful missionaries before them, they counted the cost, and went on their way. They died up front — choosing to suffer in order to live out God’s call on their lives rather than to live in comfort at home.
 

The Judsons would go through trials that make ours seem like a vacation. Adoniram was beaten and hung upside down every night by his feet in a prison for being a Christian. He was rejected, whipped, slandered and oftentimes starved. His children and his wife died from disease. But through all this, he never gave up on Jesus, and he never gave up on the call to bring the gospel to unreached Burma. God had not only placed a call in Adoniram’s heart. God had given him a loving burden for the lost souls he was sent to reach.Because he saw the people through the eyes of God’s heart of love, he kept his hands to the plow of Kingdom service in the face of unbearable trials. Over Adoniram’s many years in Burma, he translated the Bible into Burmese. From what I am told, that translation is still the only one available in the country.

 

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God may not be calling us to take the same dives of faith that the Judson’s had to take, but He us calling us to do our part to get the gospel of Jesus to those that have not heard.Thank you to those who are helping us to do our very small part in fulfilling God’s command. Together we can make a big difference — and if we refocus on what is most important, we can make an even bigger difference. Please think about the stats I am including in this newsletter and respond with God’s love.
 
Let’s “up the ante” from taking steps of faith to taking dives of faith. It’s time to dive into the very center of God’s plan to reach every soul with the life saving message of Jesus Christ.
 
In His Service,  Brian Weller

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