The following is the petition that missionary Adoniram Judson made to Ann Hasseltine’s father asking for her hand in marriage, knowing that missionary life in India in that day could likely be a death sentence.
“I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?” (Courtney Anderson, To the Golden Shore).
Ann’s father let her make the decision, and she said yes. And she did not see her parents again in this world and she did suffer great hardships and she did die young, but she did it for the sake of the Saviour and lost souls. What a wonderful example and challenge.