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291 – Oct. 18 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Theirs is not to ask, Why?


1849 – Twenty-six-year-old Harvey M. Campbell, sailed from Boston for missionary service to Arracan. His ship arrived at Akyab in March of 1850, and he moved on to Kyouk Phyoo in Nov. As he began studying the language in preparation to serve the Lord, cholera seized him, and on Feb. 22, 1852, he died at age twenty-nine. Levi Hall was appointed for service in Arracan. He sailed from Boston on Oct. 17, 1836, and after a stopover in Calcutta arrived at his station of service at Kyouk Phyoo on May 8, 1837. Three months later he fell victim to the fever and departed this life to his heavenly home. Rev. Joseph Fielding and his wife had been appointed for missionary service in Africa on May 11, 1840. Their ship arrived in Monrovia on Nov. 24, 1840, but before two months had gone by, both he and his wife had made their entry into the presence of the Lord. Rev. G. Dauble, who labored in Bengal, came to Baptist convictions, and on Feb. 4, 1850 he was baptized at Tezpur and then appointed to Assam. On July 23 he married Miss M.S. Shaw but again the disease of cholera took its toll and the young man died not two years later, on March 21, 1853. A young missionary on his way for his first term in Ecuador, South America was killed in a plane crash in the Andes Mountains and never made it to the field. Theirs is not to ask, Why? But only to know that they were, “Obedient to the heavenly calling.” [The Missionary Jubilee ( New York: Sheldon and Company, 1865), p. 242. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 570-72]   Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon


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277 – Oct. 04 – This Day in Baptist History Past


He published the Word


1829 – Cephas and Stella Bennett arrived in Calcutta, having sailed from Philadelphia the previous May. After spending several months observing the printing ministry of William Carey in India, they continued on to Maulmain, Burma, arriving on January 14, 1830. Cephas was born to the godly Rev. and Mrs. Alfred Bennett, pastor of the Baptist church in Homer, N.Y on March 20, 1804. Alfred was greatly used of the Lord in advancing the cause of foreign missions so it wasn’t unusual that his son would hear the “call of the heathen.”  Cephas became burdened to preach as well as to print the word, so when he returned to America because of poor health in 1839, he was ordained and returned to the field in 1842. He had taken an American press with him, and his work was so efficient that in 1837, a tract was given to practically every Burman in Rangoon, who could read. Hundreds daily sought the missionaries to learn about Jesus, and many were saved through this effort. Large quantities of Bibles, New Testaments, portions of scriptures, innumerable books, besides tracts were made available. In 1834 Bennett founded the Maulmain Free School, which enrolled 122 children. At one time his was the only press in the world that could print in several languages, allowing him to provide the gospel to millions. Bro. Cephas Bennett finally left the field at age 77, having served in Burma for fifty years. [Henry C. Vedder, A Short History of Baptist Missions Philadelphia: Judson Press, 1927), p. 99. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 543-44.]  Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon


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156 — June 05 – This Day in Baptist History Past


156 — June 05 – This Day in Baptist History Past                



From Heresy to Harmony


Nathaniel Williams had been born in Salem, Massachusetts, on August 24, 1784. He grew up with Unitarian influences, and the religious convictions of those formative days extended through his early life. While still in his youth, Williams found employment with his uncle and eventually was sent to India on one of his uncle’s ships that was trading in Calcutta. It was during this time that Williams met three English missionaries. Coming under great conviction, he submitted to the Savior’s atonement and was saved. He made public profession of his faith, was baptized by the Rev. Lucius Bolles, and became a member of the First Baptist Church of Salem on June 5, 1808.


The First Baptist Church of Salem had been formed three years previously with only twenty-four members. Bolles was the first pastor, and Nathaniel Williams could not have been placed in a finer institution for training.  In time Williams became a deacon, and in July 1812 he was licensed to preach. After several years of pastoring in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts he returned to the church in Beverly as pastor.


Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. (Thompson/Cummins)pp.231-232.



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154 — June 03 – This Day in Baptist History Past


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.



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Dr. Thomas and Carey Bound for India.

On April 4th 1793, William Carey and Dr. John Thomas boarded the “Earl of Oxford” for Calcutta. However, when the ship’s captain was informed that he would forfeit his commission if he took the missionaries, the two men were put ashore. Through Thomas’s hard work, arrangements were made with a Danish ship, and despair was transformed to joy as Mrs. Carey and the Carey children were able to travel as well.  They sailed on June 13, and God’s purpose would be fulfilled! Dr. John Tomas suffered many tragedies and died on October 13, 1801, but to this servant of Christ, we are indebted, for he it was who led Carey to India.

Dr. John Thomas, a name that is practically unknown among Baptists today, but Dr. Thomas was greatly used of God in opening the door of the modern-day missionary movement. Reared in the home of a Baptist deacon in England, John Thomas was early subjected to the gospel. He was not saved, however, until after his completion of medical training and his marriage. “Turning eagerly to the Scriptures, he accepted Christ as his Saviour. ‘  And then, he says, ‘my assurance of pardon and everlasting happiness ran high and strong.’ “

Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 137-38.



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Joshua labored with Mr. Carey in translating the Scripture
December 04, 1837 – Joshua Marshman died, and was laid to rest in “God’s Acre.” That plot in India that is now consecrated by the mingled dust of generations of missionaries who await the resurrection. Marshman, born in a Baptist home in Wiltshire, England, on April 20, 1768 knew early the message of saving grace. When he was 24, he moved to Bristol to supervise a school of the Broadmead Baptist Church. While there he also took classes at the Seminary, and for five years studied Hebrew and Syriac. Carey had gone to India in 1793, and the missionary reports had stirred the hearts of the Marshmans for the cause of missions. The Marshmans applied to the mission, were accepted, and sailed in May, arriving in Calcutta in Oct. of 1799. They opened a young ladies’ boarding school which became the largest of its kind in India. This supplemented their support, and all the profits went to the Serampore Mission. They also established two more such schools which work was carried on by Hannah Marshman. She continued on until her death in 1847. Joshua had not been robust in his youth, and at the time of his leaving had been in poor health but the Lord undertook for His servant and he said that he had not paid out a single sovereign on medicine in 36 years. Joshua labored with Mr. Carey in translating the Scripture, preaching and other missions work. He mastered Chinese and translated the Scriptures into a Chines Bible. He printed the works of Confucius and used the profits to place God’s Word in the hands of the disciples of Confucius. On one occasion he was mobbed and on another he was arrested. The Carey’s and Marshman’s used £80,000 of their own money to save the property when the young men took over the mission after the old men died off.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 505-07.

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