To Serve Christ and Others Selflessly
Adoniram and Ann Judson became the first American Baptist international missionaries, giving their lives to see the people of Myanmar (Burma) reached with the gospel. Adoniram’s call to missions closely followed his conversion, and together with other seminary students, Adoniram influenced the formation of America’s first mission board. After he and Ann married, they made their way to Myanmar, where Adoniram spent the next 38 years of his life. Both the Judsons devoted themselves to learning the Burmese language, leading Adoniram to translate the Bible into Burmese. Before her death at the early age of 37, Ann made a lasting impact as a missionary. She cared deeply about education for Burmese girls and began a school for them where they learned the gospel. The faithfulness of the Judsons resulted in the establishment of a native Burmese church and several Burmese people coming to faith.