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This Sunday in Baptist History

October 4

We learn from God’s word that Aquila was not an apostle or even an ordained preacher, but he and his wife, Priscilla, were much used of the Lord.

Cephas Bennett, in 1804, was born into the family of Alfred Bennet, pastor of the Baptist church in Homer, New York. Cephas, after learning the trade of a printer, dedicated himself to the service of Christ, and on this day in 1829, along with his wife Stella, disembarked in Calcutta, India. A few months later the couple arrived in Maulmain, Burma, where he put his press into operation, producing tracts and other Biblical materials. It is said that one tract was so exceptional that in 1837 nearly every person in Rangoon had been given a copy. Despite returning to the States with bad health during the war between the British and the Burmese, the Bennetts returned to Burma in 1842. Once again the printing press began pouring out scriptures and Baptist materials. In addition to this work, the Bennetts started a school enrolling hundreds of children of differing nationalities. For the next forty years the couple assisted the other missionaries in Burma, and to them all as a team, the Lord Jesus Christ was greatly glorified in that heathen country. In 1881 Cephas retired at the age of seventy-seven after fifty years of labor on mission field.

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