To the Ends of the Earth
David Brainerd (1718–47) lived on mission for God. Brainerd traveled thousands of miles on horseback, evangelizing Native Americans and proclaiming the gospel in the American Colonies. His chief aim in life was to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, writing, “I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so I could but gain souls to Christ.” Brainerd went home to be with the Lord at a young age, but his legacy has lived on. Moreover, Brainerd was highly esteemed by many of his eighteenth-century co-laborers. Jonathan Edwards (1703–58), the renowned theologian during the First Great Awakening, devoted himself to making Brainerd’s story known in order to encourage and to set an example for the church to live on mission for God.