Would you let your daughter marry this kind of man?

I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Savior from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?

This is the letter Adoniram Judson wrote to Ann Hasseltine’s father asking for her hand in marriage. He said the decision was up to her.

She said yes.

And she died in Burma 14 years later.

From Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper.

5 Replies to “Would you let your daughter marry this kind of man?”

  1. HaHa. Good point. I hate when people do that and there I go not answering the question. If I knew that the man asking those words meant it – how could I not? It would be an outright denial of my Savior’s and my purpose in this world…. Or at least so says the man with no daughter – I would at the very least feel deeply ashamed for saying no. What about you? You are much closer to this reality since you have a girl.

    BTW – you guys still need to come to see us – we will probably be here next semester. We should talk about it.

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