|In July 1813, America’s first missionaries went to Myanmar (then Burma). It was such a brutal environment with such hostility to the Gospel that even William Carey, the “father of modern missions,” advised these young laborers to go elsewhere. But Adoniram and Ann Judson went anyway.|
Ann passed away from smallpox in 1826, and Adoniram continued to work in Burma for a total of 38 years. The death of his first wife was not the only grief he would suffer; prison, torture, and meager ministry fruit visible to his eyes in his own lifetime wrought a life of such difficulty and pain that it is said of him, “He was a seed that fell into the ground and died.”
Yet it was Judson who wrote this prose:
|“In spite of sorrow, loss, and pain,|
our course be onward still.
We sow on Burma’s barren plain;
we reap on Zion’s hill.”