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Can you consent to all this?
28 January 2010, 2:21 pm
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In 1812 Adoniram Judson, aged twenty-three, sailed for Burma with the wife he had married twelve days before. He was the first American overseas missionary. He spent the rest of his life there. This is the letter he had written to Ann Hasseltine’s father, asking for her hand in marriage:

I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daugther early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of 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 the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?

Her father let her decide. She said ‘Yes’.

Tim Chester. The Ordinary Hero. pp. 202-203


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