The great missionary, Adoniram Judson, endured unbelievable hardship to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Burma. Hunger and privation haunted him for seven long years. Arrested and thrown into Ava Prison for almost a year and a half he was subjected to incredible mistreatment. His iron chains and shackles left him scarred for the remainder of life. Though physically low, nevertheless his spirit was undaunted by the circumstances.

Upon release from the torturous prison he immediately asked for permission to enter another province where he might again resume his preaching. The government leader indignantly denied his request. He said, "My people are not fools enough to listen to anything a missionary might say, but I fear they might be impressed by your scars and turn to your religion."


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(Come Ye Apart. Kansas City: WordAction Publishing Company, March-May, 2001, p. 87.)