117. Before attempting to establish a settlement, the occupants of the Mayflower covenanted to form a civil government.
118. It is notable that a group of private citizens would make a point of stating in the Mayflower Compact , among other things, “We, whose names are underwritten,… Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith…”.
119. The Mayflower Compact was a harbinger of the spiritual intent and philosophy of government that was to shape the future USA.
120. Efforts to share the message of the cross with indigenous tribes during the 1600s were always on the fringes of colonial era relationships, but perhaps the most concerted endeavor was that of John Eliot as early as 1644, and his ministry with them continued for four decades. He learned the language of one of the tribes, invented an alphabet for them and had a bible printed in their language. Another unusual person of note was a native American woman, Kateri Tekakwitha, who led other Native Americans on a missionary effort into Canada in 1676.
121. During the 1700s, a greater number of names became prominent in American missionary history. Each one would suggest extensive inquiry into their their story of sharing the message of The Cross.
123. A list of some of those who began the proliferation of Protestant evangelism and service in the New World would include: Francis Makemie, John Wright, John Wesley, Rev. Pugh, John Sergeant, David Ziesbergerstarts, David Brainerd, Johann Jacob Schmick, Gideon Halley, Stephen Badin, David Avery and the Mayhews, Rev. John, Experience and Jonathon.
124. Of special interest and, in my opinion, significance, are other names of messengers of the cross: Native American Samson Occum, freeborn black John Marrant, and former slaves George Lislegoes, Moses Baker and George Gibbions.
125. As time marched on, temporarily moving past 1776 through1789 and into the 1800s, we see the steady blossoming of Christian evangelism and service.
126. Organizations such as the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions and The American Bible Society as well as almost all denominations of Christian churches in America began prolific efforts to honor the Great Commission expressed in item #105.
127. As of the year 2010, the USA was still the source of more than twenty percent of the world’s total number of missionaries.
128. Items #94 through #127 have been shared to provide a basis of information in support of the proposition expressed in item #91 that a supernatural superintending entity effected the founding of the U.S.A. The focus has been a response to the query of, “Why would God be concerned about the location of a certain type of people”.
129. Forthcoming items will share rarely recognized historical information that will suggest some of the many “lucky” improbabilities that were necessary for the U.S.A. to have come into existence.