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279 – Oct. 06 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Thirty shots but none hit him


 1846 – Eugenio Kincaid, along with others, laid the foundation for the University of Lewisburg (now Bucknell University) in Pennsylvania. He had gone to the area because his heart was burdened for missions, having been turned down by the Triennial Convention for service in Burma. Instead he planted a number of churches in the interior of Penn. He grew up in a Presbyterian family in Wetherfield, CT. and was gloriously saved and baptized while attending Baptist evangelistic meetings. He was in the first class of the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institute in New York and thrilled when Luther Rice came to challenge the students in the cause of missions. By May of 1830 the TC believed he was ready and he and his wife sailed for Burma in May of 1830, by way of Calcutta, and arrived in Burma after four months, only four years after the jailing of Judson. 1831 was quite significant, 100 soldiers were converted but his dear wife also died because of the climate. In less than a year the Lord gave him another companion, one Barbara McBain, the daughter of a British military officer. He traveled 700 miles up the Irrawady River. At times he and his crew faced robbers and one time he sent his men on and stared the fiends down just as a Burman boat came into view. On the way back he was captured by boatloads of armed bandits, thirty gunshots were fired but none hit him. He was told to sit down but he refused as 70 men surrounded him with spears. For six days they debated on executing him, but he was able to escape and make it back to Ava. He ended his life in retirement on a farm in Girard, Kansas. [Lewis Edwin Theiss, CenTennial History of Bucknell University 1826-1946 (Williamsport, Pa.: Grit Pub. Company. Press, 1946), pp. 25, 45. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 547-49]


Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon



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 We must always remember that God rewards faithfulness, not fame.  We certainly rejoice over those who have made a great impact on their world, but must not forget those who have labored in obscurity.  Daniel Erastus Burt is an example of one of those unsung heroes of the faith.
Daniel E. Burt was born in Cambridge Springs, PA, on Nov. 4, 1835, in his father’s Tannery plant.  He received his theological training in Lewisburg, PA., at what is now Bucknell University.  For 35 years, he was the pastor of small rural churches in western N.Y., and northwestern, PA.  Because the churches were unable to support his family, he often doubled as the local school master.
After his retirement, a newspaper asked him to write a series of articles summarizing his years in the ministry.  The yellowed clippings of these stories are still a blessing to his descendants.  In one he tells of two sisters, professed infidels that passed by the church one Monday evening during the services and decided to go in and make fools of themselves.
They went forward at the invitation each night feigning their need of spiritual help.  One night after the service with only the Pastor, the evangelist, her sister and one other person present, as the little maid that the Lord Jesus raised from the dead, the older sister confessed that she had such a burden of sin and guilt that she couldn’t take it any longer and fell on her face before the Lord and heard Him say, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.”   She was later sent to Yokohama, Japan as a missionary.  Pastor Burt died on July 29, 1908, and his faithful wife, Orpha, followed him into that eternal land of joy on Feb. 6, 1922.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp. 75-77.

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