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On this day in 1814, John Rowe was sent as a missionary to Jamaica by the English Baptist Missionary Society. Rowe was the first missionary sent by them to Jamaica. Rowe was sent to Jamaica mainly in response to the pleas from Moses Baker to the English Baptist Missionary Society to begin missions work in Jamaica.
Moses Baker, along with George Gibb, George Lewis, and George Lisle were among the first black men who had left the United States in 1782 to go to Jamaica. Some of them had been slaves in America that had been set free by their owners. While there, these men began to lay the foundation for the Baptist Mission in Jamaica.
Years later, they would urge others to get involved in the work of God around the world, specifically in Jamaica. On this day in 1814, John Rowe would answer the plea for help and get involved in missions in another part of the world away from his home. After sending Rowe, the English Baptist Missionary Society would continue their involvement in Jamaica.
Do we see the need around the world for laborers? Are we willing, like John Rowe, to go answer a call for help from fellow laborers, to get involved in the work of the Lord around the world? Do we consider the work of our God important enough to give our lives to serve Him?
On this day in 303, The Roman emperor, Diocletian, begins fierce persecution of Christians. Convinced by Galerius, the man who would become emperor two years later, Diocletian issued the last and most severe persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.
The Diocletian Persecution, as it became known as, made it illegal for Christians to assemble. Churches and houses containing Christian contents were ordered to be burned. Christians who refused to recant lost legal status and we given over to legal torture. Anyone who came to court had to make a pagan sacrifice first.
During this time, many Christians were burned alive and others had stones bound around their necks and were drowned in the sea. The persecution was so vast that it is impossible to calculate the exact number of Christians who lost their lives during this time.
How willing are we to give our lives just so that a corrupt and dying world can know the love and life of our Savior? Are we willing to be counted with the ones who claim the new life that they’ve received because of the good news of Jesus Christ? Before giving our lives in another country, are we willing to give our lives when persecution finds us at home? The enemy has tried to stop the work of our God, but he cannot. God’s work still continues to move and change lives all around the world.
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