Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

The groans of a dying man kept him awake in the little inn outside New York. He was hardened to the cries because a college friend had persuaded him to be an atheist. The next morning he learned the man who died in the night was none other than his college friend. His faith renewed, he became America’s first foreign missionary. His name was Adonirum Judson, born this day, Aug. 9, 1788. Judson and his wife sailed for India, but were forced by the British East India Tea Company to flee to Burma. There they translated Scriptures, started schools, and their work grew to over a half-million people.