On this day in 1827, George and Sarah Boardman arrived in the Burmese city of Maulmain to start a mission.

Six months earlier, the Boardmans arrived in Calcutta, where they immediately began to study the language and culture of the Burmese people diligently.  At the end of six months, they were both fully capable to speak in the language and were sent to the new city of Maulmain to start a mission.  In his journal, George writes of the experience of arriving in the city:

Arrived at Maulmein!  After nearly two years of wanderings without any certain dwelling-place, we have to-day become inhabitants of a little spot of earth, and have entered a house which we call our earthly home. None but those who have been in similar circumstances can conceive the satisfaction we now enjoy…Our happiness increases in our new habitation; and, besides, I hope I feel more of that peace of God, which is seldom enjoyed in a busy or unsettled life.

(A few days later) Mrs. Boardman and myself, with our little offspring, are left entirely alone. Yet we are not alone, for God is with us; And where He breathes, there must be joy. O how delightful is the dawn of the Sun of Righteousness on my long-benighted soul! I am now ready to consider myself one of the happiest of men.

The Mission started by Boardman at Maulmein would become the central post for all the Baptist work being done in Burma.


Memoirs of George Boardman

On this day in 1924, William Haas, founder of Baptist Mid-Missions, dies of a fever at Bangassou, in central Africa.

In 1911, Haas began to work in the Belgian Congo with the African Inland Mission.  But as he spent year after year in the heart of Africa, he began to realize how vast the job was.  It was a job too large for him to handle alone.  He needed other laborers to come work along side him.  So he returned to the States and began to travel to different Baptist churches raising awareness of the need for laborers in the Congo.

In 1920, Haas, along with several Baptist pastors who believed strongly in what he was doing, met in Ohio to form the General Council of Cooperating Baptist Missions of North America, Inc. (today known as Baptist Mid-Missions).  The Board sent out a group of eleven missionaries, led by Haas, to establish churches in the Central African Republic.  The work grew and by 1960, over a hundred churches had been started, a hospital was established, two seminaries were started, and a printing press was built.  By the 1990s, there were nearly 400 churches.

But Haas never lived to see the mighty work he would begin in Africa.  For the first three years, he worked tirelessly.  But he was overtaken by a tropical fever and died.  He was buried at the first Baptist Mid-Missions station ever started.


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