On this day in 1828, Ko Moung, an elderly Burmese man, visited George Boardman at the mission he had just started in the city of Tavoy.

After spending hours together and speaking of the Gospel, Ko Moung walked away still unbelieving.  George wrote that:

He seems to halt between two opinions. He makes no considerable progress, and I fear he is still in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity. But still there is little hope; his mind is not at rest; he cannot go back; he dare not go forward. He wants to go to heaven, not in Christ’s, but in Gaudama’s way. His good sense is on our side, and his feelings are half at least with us. But Satan and all his emissaries are dissuading him from embracing the truth, and I greatly fear they will prevail. O, may He, who is stronger than the strong man armed, enter in, and take entire possession of his soul.

On and off for the next several months, Ko Moung visited Boardman at the mission.  But every time he left, it was always the same story:

‘I dare not reject your words, neither dare I set at nought all that my ancestors and the wise men and priests have believed and taught.’

‘If,’ replied Boardman, ‘you should set one of your feet in one boat, and the other in another, and those boats should separate, you would surely sink between them.’

The last time he visited the mission, Boardman gave him this warning, “You always admires instruction, but never puts it in practice.”


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