What Happened to Those Who Signed the Declaration of Independence?

The last line of the Declaration of Independence says, “And for the support of this Declaration…we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Fifty-six men signed the document. Here is what happened to some of them:

• Five were captured as traitors to Britain and tortured before they died.

• One was wounded, taken prisoner and released in a prisoner exchange.

• Two lost their sons in the war.

• Another had two sons captured.

• Another saw his ships destroyed by the British Navy, sold his home and property to pay his debts, and died in rags.

• Yet another was pursued by British troops — forced to move his family constantly, he lost all of his possessions.

• British General Cornwallis used one signer’s farm for his headquarters at Yorktown. George Washington opened fire and the farm was destroyed. Its owner died bankrupt.

• Another had his home and properties destroyed and his wife jailed. She died within a few months.

• One man who signed the historic document was driven from his wife’s sickbed as their thirteen children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid waste. For a year he lived in forests and caves. When he returned his wife was dead; his children missing. A few weeks later he died.

From Generation to Generation – Day 185

The price of freedom is high. Today, in prayer, thank the Lord for those whose sacrifices have made America free. And pray that we as a nation return to the LORD and His ways.

 

Facing a Challenge

By Darlinda McDonald

In June, many groups and individuals were challenged by the obstacle course at Bill Rudge Ministries. It was a delight to see the diversity within each group, from young people who were athletically gifted to those who looked at the obstacle course with apprehension. Several of Bill’s grandchildren assisted the groups through the course.

As Bill gave the instructions, he took the opportunity to help the young people see attitudes (such as courage, determination, confidence, etc.) that could help them navigate the course. All the youth met the challenges with great effort but one lesson was especially highlighted when one of the smallest boys volunteered first to scale the course’s 7-foot wall.

DSC_0064_2With great determination, this young Boy Scout valiantly ran and leaped toward the top of the wall repeatedly. After finally realizing he couldn’t reach his goal alone, the other Boy Scouts boosted him up and over. This encouraged others to try. In addition, this same young teen accepted the ultimate challenge of breaking the record for crossing the large monkey bars as many times as possible. He fell short of this goal also but gave it all he had. Like David facing Goliath, he did not let the size of the challenge deter him. As Christians, we, too, can face challenges with courage and determination because the “battle belongs to the Lord.”

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The youth groups, from the Assembly of God and Neshannock Alliance, faced two challenges the day they came. One was navigating the Ultimate Challenge Obstacle Course on an exceptionally hot and muggy morning. The second was a five-hour workday at the ministry grounds in the hot sun. They weed-whacked and pulled weeds, raked and picked up sticks and debris, washed windows, trimmed tree branches and cut them up and burned them, cleaned up the obstacle course area, and power-washed two decks and furniture as well as the side of the ministry center. We are so appreciative they chose our ministry for their workday project. Because of what they accomplished, the time we had to minister to others was multiplied.

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Right after the youth group work was done, two visitors from the military arrived to look at the obstacle course. They were most impressed and asked to schedule troops to train at BRM. Many other groups and individuals already have (or will) take on the challenge of the obstacle course this summer.