The life change for Henry Lyman was dramatic. A fellow alumnus of Amherst College described him as “one of the worst, boldest in wickedness, defying the authority of God.” But after his conversion, “he became as ardent and bold for Christ as before he had been in opposition to all good.”
After studying theology at Andover Seminary and medicine in Boston, Lyman became one of the first missionaries sent to Indonesia by the
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Less than a
year into his service, Lyman and his companion, Samuel Munson, met
some Batak warriors near Tapahuli in northern Sumatra. Servants traveling with the missionaries reported that each was speared and then eaten
by the Batak.
Lyman’s intense, shortened, but dramatic life ended in violence, but work among the Batak continued. Today the Batak worship Christ and train others for missionary service in the region.
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