This devotional is part of the Black Missionary Heroes Past and Present Series.
Betsey Stockton (1798–1865)
Missionary to Hawaii and Canada
Read John 4:39–42
Born at the turn of the nineteenth century, Betsey was the first single woman missionary in the modern mission era. She was granted her freedom in 1815 by her slave master, then President of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Given permission to attend evening classes, she would later use her education to establish schools. She served and taught Hawaiian children at Lahaina, Maui, and Native American children in Grape Island, Canada. Her schools became powerful platforms for evangelism and discipleship.