Frances Ridley Havergal, who was to become one of the best-known Christian writers of the nineteenth century, was born in 1836 in a tiny hamlet in the depths of the Worcestershire countryside in England. She chose to serve as a single woman, and throughout her short life (she died at the age of 42), she was engaged in a range of extraordinarily productive ministries. Her hymn, “Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee,” sums up the passion of her life.
Adoniram Judson and his wife Ann were among the first group of American missionaries to go overseas. Ann served with her husband in Burma from 1813 until her death in 1826 at the early age of 37. This teaching takes a look at Ann's life and testimony so that we might learn from her consecration to Christ, her confidence in the sovereignty of God, her determination to be faithful to Scripture whatever the cost, her submission to the will of God in times of suffering and her willingness to persevere in the work of the gospel through times of seemingly little success.
In 1742, during a revival at Northampton, Sarah Edwards, the wife of the great preacher Jonathan Edwards, experienced the love and grace of God in an extraordinary and profound way. Her experience of the reality of the love of God released her from fearing the opinions of others, liberated her from judging others, empowered her with a genuine love toward everyone she knew (including those who opposed her husband's ministry) and equipped her to face the most appalling suffering without giving way to bitterness or fear.