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Native warriors melted in her presence


Mrs. M.B. Ingalls has been called “The Queen of female missionaries” by Dr. S. F. Smith. She

sailed for Burma as the second wife of Rev. L. Ingalls. The couple was transferred from the

Arracan Mission and labored as a team until the death of her husband on March 14, 1856.


She remained on the field and the most remarkable success followed her labors-in some respects unparalleled in the history of the Burmese Missions. Mrs. Ingalls remained for forty-six years longer in Rangoon and Thonze. She endured two fires that destroyed nearly all of her personal property, but she continued on.


She returned twice to America to raise support and stirred great interest in missions. It took her two years to regain her health. Over great protests she returned to those that she loved.


While she was in charge of a lonely station, she was holding an evening class in her bungalow when a chief of a hostile tribe and his warriors burst in upon her. She diverted their attention by telling stories about America. The chief listened with scorn.


She also told stories about the Colt revolver that her late husband had given to her. Again the chief listened with scorn and then suddenly picked up a piece of paper and stuck it on the wall and said, “Shoot.” Her heart trembled, she didn’t know what to do but she fired It not knowing whether it was even loaded. Thankfully it was, and she got a bulls eye, right through the center. The Natives, with a whoop, rushed from the place.


In April 1890 she showed a group of ladies in America a placard that the “Dracoit” had nailed to the door of her chapel offering $10,000 for her head.” Believing that she was immortal in the hands of God, Mrs. Ingalls served the Lord faithfully amid great dangers. We honor her as one of the great soldiers in the Lord’s missionary army.


Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, 282-83.

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Missionary to the Outcasts
We are familiar with many of our great forefathers.  Frequently, however, we are unaware of some of those who assisted and worked alongside those better-known men. George Bana Boardman is such a person.  He was born in Livermore, Maine, on February 8, 1801, the son of a Baptist pastor.  He was ordained at North Yarmouth, Maine, on February 16, 1825.  With his wife, he sailed on July 16 of that same year for Calcutta, India.  There they remained until March 20, 1827, when they embarked for Amherst, Burma, to assist the well – known Adoniram Judson.  They arrived in Burma only days after the burial of Mrs. Ann Judson.
It was decided that the Boardmans should move to the province of Tavoy and establish a mission at its principal town, which was also called Tavoy.  In April 1828, they began their missionary work in that place.  The Karens, who had long been oppressed by the Burmese, held a tradition that at some time messengers from the West would bring to them a revelation from God.  They were prepared to receive our missionaries and their message.  Two converts were soon won, one of whom was Ko Thah-byu, who served as an evangelist to his own people.
Just days before George Boardmans death, he was carried by a cot on the shoulders of the Karens for a three day journey to a zayat built by faithful disciples. More than a hundred were already assembled, nearly half of whom were candidates for baptism.   At the close of the day, his cot was placed at the riverside as they gathered to witness the first baptism ever held in that region.  The Boardmans left the next day to return to Tavoy, while on the second day of the journey, February 11, 1831, George Boardman went to his eternal rest.
Dr. Dale R. Hart, adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp. 79-80.

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