I have a friend who is on a missions trip to Thailand and Burma right now, and she got to visit the Karen village in Burma. When I saw the name of the village, I immediately thought of Sarah Boardman (who would later become Sarah Judson, Adoniram Judson’s second wife) and her work with the Karens, a nomadic people group that the Burmese considered inferior. Sarah and her first husband, George, were one of the first people to search for the Karens and reach out to them in the jungles of Burma.
Even when her first husband died and she had every excuse to leave Burma with her children or, at the very least, move back to where the mission base was, Sarah stayed with the Karens and persevered, even working alone for a time. More than one hundred and fifty years later, the Karens still bear the influence of Sarah Boardman and the missionaries who came after her. The pictures of these people are a testimony to Sarah’s faith and steadfastness even in the midst of difficulties. I just thought I’d share with ya’ll what a great example this missionary lady was of what it’s like to leave behind a lasting legacy.