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A preacher and a diplomat

 1834 – A BAPTIST MISSIONARY PUBLISHES THE FIRST NEWSPAPER IN THE INDIAN LANGUAGE – On February 11, 1834, Isaac McCoy left home for Washington, D.C., to find that the Secretary of War had submitted his plan for the organization of Indian affairs. McCoy was born in Pennsylvania on June 13, 1784, but six years later his family moved to KY where he received Christ, was baptized, and united with the Buck Creek BC.  He married in 1803, and one year later they moved to Indiana where he was licensed to preach the gospel.  He was later ordained by the Maria Creek BC and served as pastor.  The church grew as he, “with the Bible in one hand and rifle in the other, went everywhere preaching, ‘the Lord working with him.’”  In 1817 the McCoy’s were appointed missionaries to the Indians of Indiana and Illinois.  He founded a mission just west of what is now Niles, Michigan and named it “Carey” for the great missionary.  He rode hundreds of miles on horseback through the wilderness.  Five of his six children died while he was away from home but no sacrifice was too great.  He also made several trips to the Nation’s Capital to present the needs of the Indians to the Congress.  McCoy composed hymns which were used by the Indians in their worship of the true God.  He secured a printing press, and on March 1, 1835, he printed in the Shawnee tongue the first newspaper ever published in an Indian language.   He preached the first sermon in Chicago or near where it is located.   In 1842 he was appointed the Secretary of the American Indian Association of the Triennial Baptist Convention.   At age 63, returning from preaching, he was caught in a rainstorm and fell ill, and in a few days, on June 21 1846 he went home to be with the Lord.  On his tombstone are these words, “For nearly thirty years his entire time and energies were devoted to the civil and religious improvement of the aborigines of this country.”

Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 57.

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Journeycake, Charles


He was a Pastor and Diplomat


1894 – Rev. Charles Journeycake died having been born Dec. 16, 1817. The following words  are inscribed on the white marble monument in the old cemetery at Lightning Creek that marks his burial spot: “A kind and loving father and a friend to the needy; he died as he lived, a pure and upright man, after many years’ faithful in the ministry and as chief advisor for his people, the Delawares.” He was the son of a full blooded Delaware Indian father and a Caucasian mother named Sally who spoke English and several Indian dialects. She was an expert interpreter and when a Methodist mission was started among the Wyandottes Sally interpreted. Sally was gloriously saved through the influence of this ministry and Charles was then saved in 1833 and became the first Delaware to be baptized. Soon both of his parents were baptized and they became the nucleus of a Baptist church among the Delawares. In a few years Journeycake began preaching to his own people and to the Wyandotte, Seneca and Ottawa tribes. He was ultimately elected as the principal chief of his tribe and became an influential negotiator with the U.S. Gov. In all he made twenty-four trips to Washington, D.C. He was not ordained until he was 55, but only then at the insistence of his people. The church he pastored among the Delawares had more than 100 members. They dedicated a new building on Sep. 22, 1872. Journeycake continued to preach revivals and from 1871 through 1880 he baptized 266.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 04-05.


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