J.M. Pendleton’s Burden for Native Americans

“The following appeal from Bro. Buckner in behalf of Indian Missions is entitled to respectful consideration. It comes from a man of God – a man who has “hazarded his life for the name of the Lord Jesus.” The cause for which he pleads is a noble one. It is the cause of the red men of the West. The Indians have strong claims on American Christians and philanthropists. The millions of acres now covered with an abundant harvest, were once the indisputable possession of their fathers. They have been an injured people. Our government has sometimes dealt kindly with them, but oftener cruelly. The best way to repair the injuries we have done the aborigines of our country, is to send them the gospel with its rich and priceless blessings. Read and consider Bro. Buckner’s appeal – then ACT.” J.M. Pendleton

(J.M. Pendleton {1811-1891} pastored the First Baptist Churches of Bowling Green, Hopkinsville and Russellville, Kentucky. While he is better known for his doctrinal writings, this quote shows his burden for the gospel to reach Native Americans. It is from the Tennessee Baptist newspaper, August 18, 1855.  H.F. Buckner’s appeal can be read online at: http://www.baptisthistoryhomepage.com/indian.mission.report.T.B.1855.html )


Missions in Kentucky in 1857

“Elder D.B. Ray labored 208 days; preached 186 Sermons; Traveled 2,262 miles – baptized 54 converts – constituted two Churches – helped to ordain two Ministers, and collected on behalf of the Board $51.25.”  October, 1857.  Minutes of the West Union Baptist Association located in west Kentucky.

(D.B. Ray {1830-1922} was a Baptist pastor and historian from west Kentucky best known for his books “Baptist Succession” {1869} and “Textbook on Campbellism {1867}.” In the decade before the Civil War Ray was a missionary for the West Union Baptist Association. Men like D.B. Ray laid the foundation for the work Kentucky Baptists have today.)

The Bible Produces Baptists in Brazil

“The third case in point is the capital of the state of Parahyba.  We had no missionary, no preaching, no Baptists in that capital.  Quite a number of disciples were made under the preaching of a Presbyterian missionary.  In a little while after reading their New Testament, they got dissatisfied with Presbyterianism and went to the missionary and asked him if there wasn’t anybody who did things like they did in Bible days.  He tried to satisfy them but couldn’t and then told them where they could get a Congregationalist preacher, as one of the things they did not like was the Presbyterian form of church government.  The Congregationalist preacher came up from Recife.  After talking with these folks and trying to satisfy them, and failing, he told them they were Baptists.  They had never heard of the Baptists.  They had simply read the New Testament and it had made them what they were.  They got in touch with a Baptist missionary down at Recife and he came out and baptized 40 of them and organized them into a church.  That was the first New Testament church in the state of Parahyba.”

(The above paragraph is from the article “Brazil Needs Gospel Preachers” that was written in the “News and Truths” newspaper on September 27, 1922.  “News and Truths” was a weekly Baptist paper edited by H. Boyce Taylor, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Murray, Kentucky.  Parahyba is state in the northeastern part of Brazil.  This is just another historical example of the Bible making Baptists.)