A selection from a letter by Sarah Boardman to her parents about the death of her husband, George Boardman. The Boardman’s went to Burma to serve with Adoniram Judson in the mission work that he had begun. George Boardman died at age 30. Mrs. Boardman told her parents that he refused to leave the primitive area where they were trying to reach the Karens with the gospel for a place that would be better for his health. In a letter written on March 7, 1831, she recounted the words of her husband, who said:
And even should my poor, unprofitable life be somewhat shortened by staying, ought I, on that account merely, to leave this interesting field? Should I not rather stay and assist in gathering in these dear scattered lambs of the fold? You know, Sarah, that coming on a foreign mission involves the probability of a shorter life, than staying in one’s native country. And yet obedience to our Lord, and compassion for the perishing heathen, induced us to make this sacrifice. And have we ever repented that we came? No; I trust we can both say that we bless God for bringing us to Burmah, for directing our footsteps to Tavoy, and even for leading us hither.
The Lives of the Three Mrs. Judsons, by Arabella Stuart, first published in 1851, reprinted by Particular Baptist Press, 1999, pp. 175-76.