Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), Baptist missionary to Burma and theologian, was born in Malden, Massachusetts. Educated at Brown University and Andover Seminary, Judson participated in the nation’s first foreign missionary agency. He was also pioneering in his strategy for church planting, providing practical training for indigenous pastors. Additionally, while a missionary in Burma, Judson translated the New Testament and parts of the Old Testament into Burmese. When war broke out between England and Burma Judson was imprisoned as a spy, and despite horrible suffering and the loss of his wife, survived. Judson served as a missionary to Burma for more than thirty years and stands as an example of the commitment and sacrifice that is needed for a missionary career.
For further reading see C. Anderson, To The Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson (Little, Brown and Company, 1956; repr. Judson Press, 1987).