November 25 – 1742 = David Brainerd commissioned to be an Indian Missionary.
John 12:26 “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”
David Brainerd was a young man who served Christ as a missionary. Brainerd followed the New Side Presbyterians, those Presbyterians who supported the Great Awakening. Brainerd, following the teaching of the Awakening condemned a tutor as having as much grace as the chair he sat upon, which got him expelled from Yale, and prevented him from taking a pastorate in Connecticut. He would later apologize for his inappropriate remark. This episode did help Brainerd decide to serve as a missionary to the Native Americans. He was approved as a missionary and sent out on November 25, 1742. During his time as missionary, he opened a school for the Native Americans, and opened a church, which by the time he left had 130 members. He rejected other calls to other pastorates desiring to continue as a missionary despite continued illness. He expressed his desire saying, “I want to wear out my life in His service and for His glory.” This he did. In the end, it was the illness that led to his death that pulled him off the of the mission field. He gave his journal to Jonathan Edwards to publish. That journal is often still republished today and has inspired many more people to go to the mission field. May we all have the same sort of desire to wear ourselves out in service of the Lord Jesus.
Learn more in the book “Forgotten Founders” pg.97
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