African American Missionary History – Evangelist George S. Brown

George S BrownGeorge Brown was born July 25, 1801 on Newport Island in Rhode Island. In 1828 he came to know the Lord and become a part of the Methodist Episcopal faith – and ordained as both an elder and a deacon (diaconal minister) and commissioned to preach around the USA. In 1831 – he was licensed as a minister of the gospel. In 1836, he arrived in Monrovia, Liberia. George Brown established the Heddington mission station in Liberia. He is recorded as preaching to the Goloo, Pessah, Queer, Day, Bussah, Vie, Mumboo, and Mandmgo people. He and his team endured threats and attacks by the natives of that country – some of whom were cannibals. He is responsible also for establishing churches among the people to whom he preached.The first church was established in 1840 among the Pessah people after Brown lead their king to Christ. Sadly John Seys, the superintendent of the M.E. church’s Liberian missions developed a terrible jealousy for George Brown’s work, especially that he was able to so easily interact with the Africans that he and those missionaries on his station told Brown that “they [would] assuredly expel [him] at the next annual conference, unless [he] join the Seys party.” Seys team sent in a false report to the conference in America and George Brown was not allowed to respond to the charges levied against him. Nevertheless, the impact Brown had in Liberia cannot be ignored or erased. Brown’s journals record him as praying:

“Christ, let me drink in this people till I die; these poor souls for whom Jesus died. Lord, let me die for them too! O, why has high heaven granted me this; to see the [Liberians] set under my poor ministry, and bow at the majesty of the God of the vast universe? Lord, let me live to see one of them converted from heathenism to Christianity, and then let me depart in peace. Bless the Lord, O my soul”

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