October - David Brainerd

October 2003

If you were in charge of a monthly newsletter that went out to College Students around the U.S. what would you name it? Well, probably you would first think to yourself, "What is the purpose of this newsletter?" Imagine that the purpose of the newsletter is to help fuel the flame of missions in the hearts of God's people. You hope that these "updates" will not only inform your reader, but also get them excited. What if you could help someone see the glory of being involved in something that is eternal, something that will bring them the maximum joy, and something that is more exciting than anything else that they could think up to do with their lives? What if your purpose for your newsletter was that? What do you name it?

David Brainerd was a missionary to American Indians. He saw a revival break out and change an entire tribe. He had a lot going for him. David was engaged to Jonathan Edwards daughter, Jerusha. He was young, he loved the Lord, He had a desire to see the unreached reached for Christ. However, David died at the age of 29 of tuberculosis. He wouldn't submit to doctors who told him to quit reaching out to the American Indians. He would ride horseback for miles and miles no matter the weather. He slept on the ground. Often He would kneel in the snow and pray to the Lord. His fervor for the Indians' salvation and God's glory was so great that when He finished, heat from His body had melted all of the snow within two feet of him. He served the Lord until it killed him. Many missionaries of the past and present have been influenced by the life of David Brainerd portrayed in his diary. One thing that David said was this: "I love to live on the brink of eternity." Can you imagine living on the brink of eternity? Everything that you do is defined and dictated by the truth that eternity is real and I have a chance today to live accordingly. Do you live on the brink of eternity?

What if your newsletter was used by God to call people to live on the brink of eternity? Wouldn't that be awesome? We hope that through God's grace we would live on the brink, and The Traveling Team hopes that somehow, we might say something that would help students to live this out, too. We look forward to hearing stories about how you/your friends/your church are living on the brink. Is there any better way to live than surrendered utterly to the purposes of God to change the world and bring Him glory? We pray that you will be encouraged and challenged as we try to share with you about things happening around the world and just things that God is placing on our hearts.