Last week, eleven Southeastern Seminary students and I participated in a mission trip to South Asia. We worked among Muslims and Hindus, sharing the gospel with many folks who had never previously heard the name of Jesus. It’s the second time I’ve been to this particular place in the past year; you can read about the previous trip at Baptist Press. I’m grateful to be a part of a Great Commission seminary that allows church history professors the chance to lead mission trips to majority world nations.
In taking the gospel to South Asia, my students and I were following in the footsteps of the famous missions pioneer Adoniram Judson. This year, Baptists and other missions-minded believers are celebrating the two hundredth anniversary of Judson’s departure from New England to South Asia in 1812. Judson and his three remarkable wives spent forty years preaching the gospel in Burma, now called Myanmar. (Don’t worry–Adoniram wasn’t married to all three of those ladies at the same time.) He became a role model for countless missionaries who followed him to the ends of the earth.
In the coming months, many schools, churches, and other groups are hosting events commemorating the Judson Bicentennial. This fall, B&H Academic is publishing a collection of essays edited by my friend Jason Duesing titled Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary. I contributed a biographical chapter covering Judson’s missionary career. Other contributors include Paige Patterson, Danny Akin, Robert Caldwell, Michael Haykin, Keith Eitel, Greg Wills, and Candy Finch.
If you are hankering for a foretaste of the forthcoming book, I have good news for you. The folks at Credo Magazine asked Jason and I to contribute articles to their latest issue, which is on the theme “Make Disciples of All Nations.” Our respective articles are condensed versions of our chapters in the B&H Academic volume. I hope you’ll go over to the Credo Magazine website and check out Jason’s “Ambition Overthrown: The Conversion, Consecration, and Commission of Adoniram Judson, 1788-1812” and my own “Adoniram Judson: Pioneer Missionary to Burma.” And when the book comes out around October, I hope you’ll pick up a copy and read the essays about Judson’s life, theology, family, missiology, and enduring legacy.