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David Brainerd: Providing foundations for future missionaries

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David Brainerd was born in 1718 and was considered for a time as an American missionary to Native Americans. Brainerd enrolled at Yale after turning 21, but was later expelled over a comment about a college tutor. (He remains the only expelled student to have a building on Yale’s campus named after him). This little bump in the road, however, did not throw Brainerd off course. He continued to prepare for the work of ministry.

David Brainerd worked at an Indian settlement near Stockbridge, Massachusetts and then went on to minister to the Delaware Indians of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His focus was on both the physical and spiritual needs of these people, which set him apart from some missionaries of that day.

In Brainerd’s lifetime he was not responsible for many conversions. But, due to his writings, such as his Diary and Other Private Writings, future missionaries gained guidance in approaching the high call of missions.

For those who will venture out as new missionaries soon, remember that you will gain helpful information for those who follow, just like you have received helpful information from those who went on ahead of you. Someone, someday will follow in your footsteps also. Therefore it’s important to talk about the journey, jot down your feelings and ideas so that perhaps God can use it to encourage a new generation of missionaries. Technology has allowed today’s missionaries to instantly chronicle their trips for future reference. Wouldn’t it be awesome to provide a foundation for others like David Brainerd did?

One Response to “David Brainerd: Providing foundations for future missionaries”

  1. veronica Says:

    This article was really encouraging & life-giving.
    I’m support-raising right now for full-time missions & the days have been great, sad, exciting, frightening, challenging, and rewarding.

    This really made me think about those who will follow… & the legacy I can leave for His glory…
    Thanks again & please pray for me.

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