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223 – Aug 11 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

The Lord of the Harvest provides the reapers
Helen Maria Griggs was baptized and joined a Baptist church in Brookline, Mass., Aug. 11, 1822. She felt the call to Burma, and she married Francis Mason and spent their honeymoon aboard ship as they sailed the next day to Burma.   As a small girl Helen was very ill, but her mother prayed that the Lord would spare her, and at the same time, she gave her over to the will of God.  After several years her mother was willing to give her up, as Helen told her, of her call to  Burma. She was willing to go alone but the Lord of the Harvest was working in the heart of a young man, Francis Mason, a student at Newton Theological Institution who also planned to go to Burma. They were married on May 23, 1830. One hundred and twenty-two days later they arrived in Calcutta.  She was severely criticized when she had to leave their children behind in the homeland and Editors of Christian periodicals had to go to her defense and a drastic change in public opinion took place. The Lord took this dear one to Himself in her fortieth year on Oct. 8, 1846. G. Winfred Hervey, The Story of Baptist Missions in Foreign Lands, (St. Louis: C.R. Barns, 1892), p. 413.]  Prepared by Dr. Greg Dixon

 

 

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