Judson was imprisoned for 17 months during the war between the United Kingdom and Burma, first at Ava and then at Aung Pinle. Judson and Price were violently arrested. Officers led by an official executioner burst into the Judson home, threw Judson to the ground in front of his wife, bound him with torture thongs, and dragged him off to the infamous, vermin-ridden death prison of Ava.
Our first visit was to the site of the Le Ma Yoon (Hand Fail Me Not) Prison in the shadow of the royal palace at Ava. All that remains of the palace is a leaning guard tower that in Judson’s day overlooked the prison. At one time a large boulder with a memorial inscription marked the spot of Judson’s imprisonment. However, the Burmese government a couple decades ago declared that a marker honoring a Christian missionary is inappropriate to a national archaeological site. The government attempt to remove the stone. However, its great size and weight defeated the government’s efforts. Instead, the memorial boulder was buried. So, in a field beside a banana grove, we stood on the ground above the Judson memorial and offered prayers of thanksgiving for his life, suffering and witness.
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