People often see the work of mission through rose-tinted glasses. They envision new exotic places, new friendships and being able to witness many conversions, but the realities of being a missionary can be far from that. Adoniram Judson’s life as a missionary in Burma was full of sorrow. His life, though, is a testament to how God’s glory can come even through our suffering and how God’s Word will thrive even in the toughest of mission fields.

When George died of tuberculosis at 30 years-old, Judson wrote to Sarah, “Take the bitter cup with both hands and sit down to your repast. You will soon learn a secret—that there is sweetness at the bottom.

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