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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Christ the True Refuge
1847 – Rev. and Mrs. I.J. Stoddard, appointed by the American Baptist Missionary Union, sailed from Boston on the Cato to serve the Lord in Assam. Rev. Stoddard’s expertise was in the field of education, however, he preached extensively, until nine years later when ill health forced them back to the states in 1856. After returning to America, their hearts were so burdened for Assam, that they returned to that heathen darkness in 1866. The sacrifice that they made was nearly unbearable, as they made arrangements for their children to be left in the states. After arriving in Assam they were assigned to Gauhati, and then removed to Goalpara where they reaped a great harvest of souls. It is reported that no work excelled his, up to that time, on any mission field of the ABFMU. Then another great sacrifice was made as the Stoddards had to separate, that they might serve in two different areas. In 1871 when her health failed again, his wife had to sail alone for America, leaving I.J. to continue without her. Following is one of the examples of “So Great a Salvation.” An English evangelist had gone to a bazaar and gave a tract True Refuge to an old man who had been a village bard. He learned the tract by memory, and he and his wife traveled many miles, often through waste deep water and mud to Gauhati to find the teacher. All the way he would cry out, “Life, life, eternal life! Who will tell us about it? People would laugh and mock. At Gauhati he found the missionaries and they told him about Jesus, the Way of Life. He was discipled and baptized. From then on he would go throughout the land singing the praises of God. [Helen Barrett Montgomery, Following the Sunrise Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881), 2:1112. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 600-02.] Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon
154 — June 03 – This Day in Baptist History Past
Dr Anna Scott’s Bio
“Wilt Thou Go With This Man?”
What Unusual youths! Both Edward Payson Scott and Miss Anna Kay broke off engagements for marriage when prospective mates were unwilling to go to the mission field! Before ever meeting her, Edward proposed marriage, and she consented not only to marry him but also to go with him to Assam on the mission field. At his parents’ home, a former pastor was visiting, and he read for family devotions the decision of Rebekah when she was asked, “Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go” (Gen. 24:58). They married on April 30, 1861 in Payson, Illinois.
They left for the field June 20, 1862, and arrived in Calcutta on October 20. After laboring for seven years, E. P. Scott determined in 1869 to carry the gospel to one of the most dangerous Naga tribes.
A young Naga man who wished to marry must show thirty skulls of men before he was considered brave enough to defend a wife. With his violin in hand and a prayer for these savage men, he assayed to enter . . . . their hills. . . . When he reached this place, he found twelve savage warrior chiefs ranged on either side of this narrow divide. They raised their spears as Scott approached, and at that moment the violin poured forth its sweet strains, and the voice of the singer rang out in the words,
“Am I a soldier of the Cross?”
Thus it was that the door was opened, and the gospel did its mighty work as God used music as the key.
Asiatic cholera swept the area, and Dr. E. P. Scott contracted the disease. On May 18, 1869, as he neared death, his wife asked him if he had peace. He answered, “Yes, perfect peace,” and he entered the land of the well! Mrs. Scott remained until 1873 when she returned to America with her three children. Mrs. Anna Kay Scott entered medical school and graduated as a medical doctor. She practiced medicine in Cleveland, Ohio for twelve years, after which she was ready to return to the mission field. She was appointed to Swatow, China where the need for medical assistance was great, and arrived on November 15, 1889. Her day started at 4:00 a.m. And continued until 10:00p.m., during which time she would often see two hundred patients. Dr. Anna Kay Scott arrived back in Chicago on June 3, 1914, thus completing her missionary life.
Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. (Thompson/Cummins)pp. 228 -229.