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268 – Sept. 25 – This Day in Baptist History Past


They loved the Navajos

 Rev. and Mrs. Samuel Gorman were approved on Sept. 25, 1852, by the American Baptist Home Mission Society, to serve among the Navajos in New Mexico. That field had recently been opened by H.W. Read of Connecticut. Two additional couples had also recently gone to that field of service, including James Milton Shaw and his wife from New York. A letter from Bro. Gorman dated in 1876 relates many of the trying experiences from the time that they arrived in Laguna in 1852. They had a nine month delayed entrance into “the Pueblo” as promised by Capt. Henry L. Dodge. The priests (Catholic) had done everything possible to “rout” them from the village including suing them at law in Taos, which they won at great cost of time and money. At times they had a hard time finding enough to eat and were out of funds most of the time. Thankfully when Capt. Dodge did come he persuaded the Indians to allow them to teach their children and to preach Christ to them. He was able to preach every Sabbath except when on mission tours and finally in 1858 he was able to build a little chapel. The first Indian convert in N.M. was Jose Senon who carried on the work when the missionaries had to leave when the area was occupied by the Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Gorman died at 92 after he also pastored successful churches in Ohio and Wisconsin. [Lewis A. Myers, A History of N.M. Baptists (Baptist Convention of New Mexico, 1995), pp. 59-60.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From: This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson,   pp. 525-27.


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117 – April 27 – This Day in Baptist History Past


A Vital Mission Field


 Several historic dates of interest to Baptists in America are essential to understanding the ongoing of the Baptist witness. John Mason Peck and Dr. Jonathan Going championed the desire for participation of all Baptists in America in the cause of reaching into the West.  These men envisioned the planting of Bible-believing Baptist churches from coast to coast.  Thus, the American Baptist Home Mission Society was formed on April 27, 1832.  “The object of the society was, ‘The preaching of the gospel to every creature in our country,’ which object was so well expressed in its grand motto: ‘North America for Christ.’”   “During the first 50 years missionaries were employed for longer or shorter periods – 6 in New York, 12 in Ohio, 5 in Indiana, 3 in Michigan, 9 in Illinois, 7 in Missouri, 2 in New Jersey, and 1 each in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Lower Canada.  In the Second year 80 missionaries were engaged and Upper Canada and Louisiana were added to the fields.  The third year shows an increase of missionaries to 96.”  “. . . By the end of the decade, the society’s efforts had reaped nearly 11,000 converts on the frontier and established 400 churches pastored by 142 ministers.


Dr. Dale R. Hart, adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins) p.p.  244   –   245



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