"Act One, Scene One of the unfolding drama that became the United States of America." Having begun this new land with a prayer meeting, these first permanent English settlers to America reboarded their boats and sailed up a large river that they named the James.
Our nation was started by missionaries, and a missionary thread weaves in and out of our history. The real reason the first English settlers came to the New World in 1607 was not to find gold, discover a passage to the Spice Islands, establish plantations, or even pursue religious liberty. As incredible as it sounds, their primary goal was missions.
For more than 225 years, America has been blessed as the longest on-going Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. David Barton of Wall Builders explains that preserving American liberty depends first upon our understanding of the foundations on which this great country was built, and then it depends on preserving the principles on which it was founded.