Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

Century Marks

Real missionary: During his lifetime David Livingstone, Scot missionary to Africa, was accused of being too political and of not being a real missionary since he did not attach himself to a settled mission station. He believed he was called to end the slave trade and to work for the economic well-being of Africans. After he died at age 60 in 1873 he was given a hero’s burial in Westminster Abbey. Living stone’s African friends—following his wishes—had first buried his heart and entrails in what is now Zambia. Livingstone is largely forgotten in his own country, Scotland, but is still a national hero in Zambia, which, according to its constitution, is a “Christian country” (Dana L. Robert, Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion, Wiley-Blackwell).

 

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