Why David Brainerd? As a brand new follower of Jesus I heard his name come off the lips of my first spiritual mentor, Ray Friedl. Ray would speak with such tenderness and passion about Brainerd's writings and relationship with God that they inspired me to want to cultivate such devotion and focus. Twenty-five years later I found myself strangely drawn to this twenty-nine year old missionary's words and writings again.
Here are a few reasons why:
- Brainerd was a missional leader who spent his life striving to be in the center of God's great cause.
- Brainerd's life is an example of a man whose heart was swallowed up with the Glory of God.
- Brainerd was a real and raw leader whose authenticity refreshes the heart of any warrior in God's service.
- Brainerd was a man who moved from harshness to tremendous compassion for the needy souls around him.
Richard Hesler in his book, Journey With David Brainerd writes: "The reader is invited to begin a journey with David Brainerd. The journey is to be traveled on two levels: one is internal, the way of mysticism; the other is external, the way of mission." My prayer is that through our weekly journey that God will raise up a new generation of missional mystics who are swallowed up with the Glory of God!
"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." NIV John 15:4-5