I think the title for Brian Cosby’s book on David Brainerd – A Love for the Lost is just the right title. Brainerd’s missionary life was a life of sacrifice and a life of love. Riding on his horse across rivers, over mountains, and through towns, Brainerd carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, the hurting, and the broken native tribes of America. Notable pastors and missionaries like John Wesley, William Carey, Adoniram Judson and Jim Elliot were all influenced by the life, passion, and dedication of David Brainerd.
David Brainerd never married but there is a possibility that he was romantically attached to Jonathan Edwards’ daughter Jerusha. She cared for him during his final illness and his grave is next to hers at Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton in the United States.