Edward Payson Scott
The Power of Gospel music
1913 – Dr. Edward W. Clark passed away on this memorable day. He and his wife were the ones that followed Edward Payson Scott to the music loving head-hunting Naga’s in Assam, India. Payson went with a Bible and a violin in 1869, and the first twelve Naga’s that approached him changed their fierce attitude to joy as they heard him play, “Am I a Soldier of the Cross?” However, it wasn’t a spear that killed him but the cholera, just a year later. The Clark’s not only gained entry to the Naga’s but penetrated further South into an even more vicious head-hunting tribe, the Ao-Nagas and spent forty-two years in that land with only two furloughs. Clark had been born in New York on Feb. 25, 1830. Receiving Christ early in life as a farm boy, he looked forward to Christian service as he graduated from Brown University and then from seminary in Rochester, N.Y. He married Mary Mead and served a short pastorate in Logansport, Indiana and became the editor of a Christian publication when he was asked to take charge of a mission printing press in Sibsagor, the ancient capital of Assam, India. The accomplishments of Dr. and Mrs. Clark surely deserve to rank among those of the great missionary pioneers. It was sometime before they could settle at Molung among fierce savages. Clark found time to do a great deal of literary work. He reduced their language to writing, translated some of the gospels, and printed many books for use in their schools. His last work was the Ao-Naga-English Dictionary, upon which he worked the last seven years of his life. He was honored with three honorary doctorates but considered his greatest honor to simply be called a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson /, pp. 110.
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