As a young man, Brown attended Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he became associated with the Haystack Movement. After finishing his education, he married Eliza and, in 1833, the two set sail for missionary work in Burma. While in India preparing for his final voyage into Burma, he wrote back to his secretary at the mission board:
There is a vessel about to sail for Maulmein, the Phenix, in which we shall probably take passage. I hasten to close my letter
in order to send it by the Apthorp, which is to sail to-morrow. That the blessing of God may rest upon you and upon the cause in
which you are engaged, and that you may long live to hear glorious news of the in gathering of the heathen to Christ’s kingdom, is the prayer of your unworthy brother.
The ministry of Brown would see a great in gathering of those all around the world. He worked in India, Burma, and Japan. He started the first Baptist church in Tokyo. He spent several years in America fighting slavery and working in the churches there. He translated and printed the Bible into several languages, in every country he worked in.
His first work was among the Jews of Smyrna. He was then transferred to Turkey to work among the Armenians there. In both areas he worked in, he studied hard to learn the language and culture of the people. A fellow missionary said of Dodd:
His first missionary language was Hebrew Spanish of which he had a fine command. When he was transferred to the Armenian work he learned the Turkish which he used with much more than ordinary correctness and some of the best sermons which I have heard in that language were from him. He devoted considerable attention to Turkish hymnology and many of the best of the Turkish hymns now in use were contributed by him.
He worked in Turkey until the time of his death by cholera. He was described as “a sincere Christian and an earnest missionary working up to and often quite beyond strength of his feeble constitution.”
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