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Pastor Bud Owen
“The Haystack Prayer Meeting”
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
In August 1806, five Williams College students met in a field for one of their twice-weekly prayer meetings, when a thunderstorm drove them to take refuge in a nearby haystack. Continuing in prayer, Samuel John Mills shared his burden that Christianity be sent abroad, and the group prayed that American missions would spread Christianity through the East. The Haystack Prayer Meeting held in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is viewed by many scholars as the spark that ignited American support for world missions for subsequent decades.
In 1808, the Haystack Prayer group and other Williams students formed “The Brethren,” a society organized to “effect, in the persons of its members, a mission to the heathen.” Within a few years, they inspired the founding of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). Several of the students, including Adoniram Judson, went to Asia as missionaries (the first foreign missionaries sent from America in 1812), and Samuel Mills stayed stateside to recruit others and later helped organize the American Bible Society and the United Foreign Missionary Society.
In its first fifty years, the ABCFM sent out over 1,250 missionaries. In 1961, the American Board merged to form the United Church Board for World Missions (UCBWM). After 150 years, the American Board had sent out nearly 5,000 missionaries to 34 different fields, and it all began with five young men praying in a haystack.
(The preceding article is contained in the “IN GOD WE STILL TRUST” booklet compiled by Dr. Richard G. Lee and published by Thomas Nelson, Inc).
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Pastor Bud Owen
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