While the Spurgeon Baptist Association wholeheartedly supports the international, national, and state mission offerings of the SBC (Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong, and Viola Webb), we have a fourth annual offering. The Isaac McCoy Associational Mission Offering is gathered each summer. 100% of the proceeds will be used to fund new works and strengthen churches within the Spurgeon Baptist Association of Churches.
Isaac McCoy was active in Indian missions in nine states and was the first Baptist to enter Kansas and Nebraska working among the Indians. He was strongly Calvinistic in his doctrine being sent out from his home church, which held to the 1689 Baptist Confession. He even named his son John Calvin.
The mission to the Potawatomi Indians is located just one mile from our Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists building off interstate 70, next to the Kansas Museum of History. The original building of the mission is still standing and serves as a museum and is available for meetings for a modest fee.
Apostle of the Western Trail by George M. Ella
The story of Isaac and Christiana McCoy and their missionary associates to the American Indians has long been eclipsed in Christian literature by other such notable worthies as John Eliot and David Brainerd, yet the scope of what Isaac McCoy’s missionary endeavors entailed and in the end what was achieved far exceeded that of his early predecessors in Indian missions and the comparative obscurity therefore is undeserved. Clearly no one accomplished so much good not only in his own day but for succeeding generations of American Indians as did Isaac McCoy.
Born in 1784 near Union Town in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, McCoy moved with his family to Kentucky in 1790. After again moving to Clark County, Indiana, McCoy with his wife entered upon their great calling as missionaries to the Indians in 1818, setting up a mission station at Raccoon Creek where they worked among the Weas, Kickapoos, Potawatomis and Delawares. In 1820 McCoy established the Fort Wayne mission, and in 1823 he came to the realization that in order to preserve the Indian tribes from certain extinction they must be removed to the West and resettled within an “Indian Canaan.”McCoy later wrote that, “from that time until the present  I have considered the promotion of this design as the most important business of my life.”
When Isaac McCoy lay dying in 1846, his last words, spoken to his beloved wife Christiana, were, “Tell the brethren, never to let the Indian mission decline.”His story is one of the great chapters in the history of Christian missionary endeavor, and a story of great courage and perseverance in the cause of Christ by those who truly loved the American Indians.
“His was a heroic life and death, and he deserves a place high among the apostles and martyrs.”
Henry C. Vedder
“God often frustrates our plans, and disappoints our hopes, to teach us our littleness, and that He is sovereign... It may be said that, in a sense, [the missionary] does all his work upon his knees;”
History of Baptist Indian Missions
Mr. McCoy and his wife entered upon this missionary work with all the zeal and strength of faith that characterized the life and labors of Mr. and Mrs. Judson. And their faith did not fail. Deprivations, sickness, and sorrows such as but few mortals know were not strangers to them. Mr. McCoy rode hundreds of miles through the wilderness, and swam the swollen streams, lying on the wet ground at night, for the sake of carrying forward his mission. He went on horseback to Washington several times to interest Congress in measures beneficial to the Indian. Many months would be occupied in these journeys. One of the severest trials that Mr. McCoy was called to bear was that during his absence from home sickness and sometimes death would visit his family. Five of his children were called by death at different times while he was absent from home. Persons of narrow selfish views would readily call him cruel and indifferent, but men who could rise to his plane of devotion to the work that he believed God had given him can see that his loyalty to the Master was superior even to parental affection. No man loved his wife and children more than he.
Cathcart’s Baptist Encyclopedia