Born in Haddam, Connecticut, APRIL 20, 1718, his parents died while he was a young teenager.
He attempted farming, but on July 12, 1739, he had an experience with God of 'unspeakable glory' that gave him a "hearty desire to exalt Him, to set Him on the throne and to 'seek first His Kingdom.'"
This was colonial Indian missionary, David Brainerd.
A Connecticut law forbade the appointment of ministers unless they graduated from Harvard, Yale or a European institution, so in 1740, David Brainerd began attending Yale.
He soon began to show symptoms of tuberculosis.
When Great Awakening preachers George Whitefield, Gilbert Tennent, Ebenezer Pemberton and James Davenport began spreading spiritual enthusiasm, tension emerged at Yale between faculty and students.
In 1741, Yale trustees decreed that 'if any student of this College shall...say, that the Rector...Trustees or tutors are hypocrites, carnal or unconverted men, he shall for the first offense make a public confession in the hall, and for the second offense be expelled.'
Accused of having said his tutor, Chauncey Whittelsey, 'has no more grace than a chair,' David Brainerd was expelled.
In 1742, David Brainerd was licensed by preach by evangelicals known as "New Lights."
He was supported by the "Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge" to do missionary work among Native Americans.
David Brainerd worked with a Housatonic Indian settlement near present day Nassau, New York, and started a school for Native American children.
He worked among the Delaware Indians along the Delaware River northeast of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
His interpreter, Moses Tunda Tatamy, helped him minister to Indians along the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers.
Camping at night, David Brainerd wrote in his Journal:
"FORKS OF DELAWARE, Pennsylvania, Lord's day, July 21, 1745.
Preached to the Indians...Divine truth seemed to make very considerable impressions and caused the tears to flow freely.
Afterwards I baptized my interpreter and his wife, who were the first I baptized among the Indians...
Though before he had been a hard drinker...it is now more than six months since he experienced this change;
in which space of time he has been exposed to strong drink in places where it has been moving free as water; yet has never desired after it...
He discourses feelingly of the conflicts and consolations of a real Christian."
David Brainerd worked with the Crossweeksung Indians in New Jersey, starting a church which grew to 130 members.
David Brainerd wrote in his diary:
"[I] could have no freedom in the thought of any other circumstances or business in life: All my desire was the conversion of the heathen, and all my hope was in God:
God does not suffer me to please or comfort myself with hopes of seeing friends, returning to my dear acquaintance, and enjoying worldly comforts."
David Brainerd traveled over 3,000 on horseback in his missionary efforts and often slept in cold, rainy woods.
Overcoming lack of food, and spitting up blood from advanced stages of tuberculosis, David Brainerd fought immobilising depression where dozens of times he wished for death.
Finally too ill to minister, he was taken in by Princeton president Jonathan Edwards, who wrote down his life story.
David Brainerd died at the age of 29.
In 1749, Jonathan Edwards published "An Account of the Life of the Late Reverend Mr. David Brainerd," which inspired millions, including William Carey, Adoniram Judson, Oswald J. Smith, and John Wesley, who wrote:
"What can be done to revive the work of God where it is decayed? Let every preacher read carefully over the life of David Brainerd."
David Brainerd's life played a role in establishing the colleges of Princeton and Dartmouth.
Yale's Divinity School named a building "Brainerd Hall," the only building named after a student who had been expelled.
David Brainerd wrote:
"Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose. Oh, that God would make me more fruitful."
Brainerd, David. "Brainerd, David," World Book Online Americas Edition, http://www.aolsvc.worldbook.aol.com/wbol/wbPage/na/ar/co/723264, October 9, 2001. Mark A. Knoll, A History of Christianity in the United States & Canada (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1992), pp. 105-106. Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. http://www.ccel.org/e/edwards/works/vol2/david_brainerd/brainerd.htm
On George Washington's tomb is engraved the Scripture, John 11:25, where Jesus told Martha:
"I am the Resurrection and the Life; sayeth the Lord. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die."
George Washington sent a "Circular Letter" to the Governors of all the States on Disbanding the Army," June 14, 1783:
"I now make it my earnest prayer that God... would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation."
Martin Luther wrote:
"Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in the springtime."
Sir Lionel Alfred Luckhoo was the ambassador of Barbados and Guyana, the only person to have been an ambassador for two sovereign nations simultaneously.
Knighted twice by the Queen of England, he served as Lord Mayor of Georgetown, Guyana, and presided as Judge of the Supreme Court of Guyana. Sir Lionel Luckhoo spoke at the United Nations, to presidents, kings, parliaments, and was in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most successful criminal attorney. After studying world religions, Sir Lionel accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior on November 7, 1978. He stated:
"The bones of Muhammad are in Medina, the bones of Confucius are in Shantung, the cremated bones of Buddha are in Nepal. Thousands pay pilgrimages to worship at their tombs which contain their bones. But in Jerusalem there is a cave cut into the rock. This is the tomb of Jesus. IT IS EMPTY! YES, EMPTY! BECAUSE HE IS RISEN! He died, physically and historically. He arose from the dead, and now sits at the right hand of God."
On April 1, 1956, in an Easter address in St. Peter's Square, Rome, Pope Pius XII stated:
"This year's celebration of Easter should be primarily a recall to faith in Christ, addressed to people who, through no fault of their own, are still unaware of the saving work of the Redeemer; to those who...wish to have His name wiped out of the minds and hearts of nations; and finally, in a special manner, to those souls of little faith who, seduced by deceptive enticements, are on the point of exchanging the priceless Christian values for those of a false earthly progress."
On April 2, 1983, in a Radio Address to the Nation, President Ronald Reagan stated:
"This week Jewish families and friends have been celebrating Passover... Its observance reminds all of us that the struggle for freedom and the battle against oppression waged by the Jews since ancient times is one shared by people everywhere. And Christians have been commemorating the last momentous days leading to the crucifixion of Jesus 1,950 years ago. Tomorrow, as morning spreads around the planet, we'll celebrate the triumph of life over death, the resurrection of Jesus. Both observances tell of sacrifice and pain but also of hope and triumph... Men and women around the world who love God and freedom - bear a message of world hope and brotherhood like the rites of Passover and Easter that we celebrate this weekend... We want peace...And then they ask, 'Do you think that we can have these things one day?' Well, I do. I really do. Nearly 2,000 years after the coming of the Prince of Peace, such simple wishes may still seem far from fulfillment. But we can achieve them. We must never stop trying.'"
Malcolm Muggeridge was a well-known British journalist. He wrote in his 1975 work, titled Jesus:
"As Man alone, Jesus could not have saved us; as God alone, he would not; Incarnate, he could and did."