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191 – July 10 – This Day in Baptist History Past

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.

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