Missionary to the North American Indians: David Brainerd (1718 - 1747)

David Brainerd (April 20, 1718 – October 9, 1747) was an American missionary to the Native Americans who had a particularly fruitful ministry among the Delaware Indians of New Jersey. During his short life he was beset by many difficulties. As a result, his biography has become a source of inspiration and encouragement to many Christians. Missionaries such as William Carey and Jim Elliot, and Brainerd's cousin, the Second Great Awakening evangelist James Brainerd Taylor (1801–1829) have been motivated by the ministry of David Brainerd. (Wikipedia)



David Brainerd was a trailblazer in taking the Gospel to the Native Americans. The Somers family can be forever grateful for ancestors who might have heard the "Good News" and been converted to Christianity; we can look forward to meeting them in Heaven someday.

In Honor of Our North Carolinian Ancestors: 'No King But Jesus!'

The Trail of Liberty & IndependencePosted at Piedmont Trails: The normal teachings of this period discusses the forefathers and their actions that proclaimed separation from England, but in truth, it was widely known to many settlers and pioneers of North Carolina that religious beliefs would not allow a king to overpower their livelihood and progress. Families would worship one king and that was Jesus Christ. This was the ultimate division between the colony of North Carolina and England. This allowed Christians to stand up and fight the first battle of the Revolution in Alamance, NC in 1771. ...
If we visited the homes of our ancestor’s in the wake of the American Revolutionary War, we would hear the words, liberty and independence quite often. The settlers living in North Carolina were all seeking one important common denominator, and that was prosperity. In order to achieve this, one must be free of obstacles that would hamper his progress. The taxes placed upon our ancestor’…

Burnt Swamp Association, Set Up in 1881 to Serve American Indians

Here's another article from the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources regarding the Christian missionary work among the native people of North Carolina:

On January 21, 1881, the elders of three churches met at Burnt Swamp Baptist Church in Robeson County to form what became the Burnt Swamp Association.

The formation of the group solidified what had been a strong, informal relationship. Burnt Swamp Baptist was founded in 1877 by 20 Lumbee Indians. They received encouragement from two local white churches, Raft Swamp and Clyburn Baptist. Prior to Burnt Swamp’s organization, impromptu religious meetings and revivals had been held for two decades, but no organized religion was available to the community.

At their 1885 meeting, members resolved to adopt Burnt Swamp Indian Association of the Croatan Indians as their official name, the first in a series of name changes over the years. After years of struggling to gain acceptance, the Association was admitted to the Baptist Stat…

On This Day in North Carolina History: Survey for a Moravian Settlement Began (12.27.1752)

Posted at the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources:

On December 27, 1752, the survey for a Moravian settlement began in what is now Clemmons. Bishop August Spangenberg led the frontier expedition that selected the land that became known as the Wachovia tract.

The original survey contained only about 73,000 acres, so five additional parcels were surveyed, bringing the total to 98,985 acres. Spangenberg judged the tract to be about 50 percent good land, 25 percent medium and 25 percent poor. He was enthusiastic, however, about the numerous springs and creeks and the promise of potential sites for mills. He was satisfied that they had identified “the best land yet vacant” in the colony.

A settlement in North Carolina offered Moravians the prospect of serving their neighbors, establishing “a town where the Moravian ideals of Christian living might be practically realized,” and teaching Indians about the Gospel.

Spangenberg selected the name Wachau for the settlemen…

Cherokee Christmas

I found this informative article posted at the Cherokee Phoenix yesterday which tells of an exhibit honoring the Christian work of the Moravian missionaries among the Cherokee people:

Cherokee Christmas exhibit opens Dec. 8 BY STAFF REPORTS

12/06/2017 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Experience the first Cherokee Christmas through a holiday exhibit at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum.

Cherokee Christmas shares the story of how Moravian missionaries brought holiday celebrations to the Cherokee people in 1805. The exhibit features information about how traditions began and displays decorations similar to what was used at the Vann’s Georgia home during the first Cherokee Christmas.

The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is at 122 E. Keetoowah St. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Originally built in 1844, it is Oklahoma’s oldest public building. The 1,950-square-foot museum features exhibits in three historic aspects: the Cherokee national judicial sys…

Cherokee Nation Day of Prayer

Osiyo. Today, Saturday, November 4, 2017, we commemorate a Cherokee Nation Day of Prayer. This special day is acknowledged jointly with our brothers and sisters from the Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole tribes. Prayers have always been an important part of our culture and our society as Cherokee people. That holds true for our traditional spiritualists and our Christian leaders. It’s why we start every meeting, every gathering of our people with a blessing and prayer. Let us never underestimate the value God gives our prayers and offerings. I truly believe the more we pray, the happier we are. And we have greater peace of mind and heart. Prayers strengthen our families, our communities and our tribe. Please remember that Saturday is the Cherokee Nation Day of Prayer. I encourage you to take a moment that day and every day to yourself, and pray to our Creator. May God continue to bless the Cherokee Nation and may God bless you and your loved ones.
Principal Chief Bill John …

Fond memories and a prayer...

I don't remember ever seeing this family photo before, but after receiving it in the mail from my cousin yesterday, many fond memories have been going through my mind... I remember as a child thinking my father was the most handsome man in the world and my mother the kindest woman on earth. I also remember crawling over pillows my mother had placed around me (as a barricade?) to get to my brothers who were playing with toy army men. Sadly, they didn't appreciate my company as I remember knocking over their battle scene. :)

I love my parents - mom went to be with the Lord in 1995 and Dad is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. A few months ago he told me I worried about him too much and that he has lived a good life. He then assured me he is in the Lord's care... I truly hope so.

Thank You, dear Lord, for the family I was born into. Please watch over my brothers and their loved ones. I sincerely pray that we will all be with mother in Heaven, and please keep my father i…