An Example of Excellence
Dr. David Livingstone is an example of excellence. His life, legacy and literature continue to speak to us today. The challenge of David Livingstone is most relevant to our times.
If Dr. David Livingstone was here today, what would he say to us?
We do not need to guess. We have his writings and published statements available. We know exactly what David Livingstone would say to us today. It is what he said to the people of his generation:
"The Salvation of men ought to be the chief desire and aim of every Christian!"
"All men have the right to hear God's Word. No nation ought to hoard the Gospel like a miser!"
All the nations of the earth have been blessed by God through the descendants of Abraham. Through the centuries Isaac's sons have blessed the nations in many ways. One of the greatest friends Africa ever had was Dr. David Livingstone (the bicentennial of whose birth we will be celebrating this year.) 19 March 2013, will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone. He was a great missionary pioneer pathfinder whose greatest desire was granted only after his death: the cessation of the slave trade and the opening up of Africa to Christianity and lawful commerce.
Livingstone the Liberator
He had the grace to see that his Mission was part of a Divine plan to set many souls free from slavery, both physical and spiritual. Livingstone’s great goal of bringing to the world’s attention the scourge of the Islamic slave trade in Africa was achieved largely through the work of his convert, American journalist Henry Morton Stanley.
Henry Morton Stanley was one of the greatest explorers of all time. Throughout his incredible life, which was packed with adventure and conflict, he served as a soldier, a sailor, a journalist, an explorer, an empire builder, a statesman, author, politician, and lecturer and finally, he was even knighted by Queen Victoria.
“Dr. Livingstone I Presume?”
Stanley is most famous for having found missionary explorer, Dr. David Livingstone after he had been out of contact with the outside world for many years. His calm and most understated of comments, after having crossed half the continent: “Dr. Livingstone I presume?” must be one of the most famous statements in popular memory worldwide.
March 2013, Christendom celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer and missionary (1813-1873) who devoted a lifetime to the exposure and abolition of the slave trade. It is also the 180th anniversary of the death of William Wilberforce, the English Evangelical Member of Parliament who, after tirelessly striving for this cause, moved the British Parliament to abolish slavery throughout the Empire, including South Africa. The events of 1834 were a tremendous Christian victory, a triumph of the power of God through the Holy Spirit.
2013 is the Livingstone Bicentennial. 19 March marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone. Dr. David Livingstone was the best friend Africa ever had. He was a great Missionary Pioneer pathfinder who dedicated his life to ending the slave trade and opening up Africa for he Gospel.
To mark the Livingstone Bicentenary, Frontline Fellowship has launched a www.livingstone200.org website and a Dr. David Livingstone Facebook page.
At 7:30pm on Thursday, 14 March, Dr. Peter Hammond will present a special PowerPoint presentation on The Life and Legacy of David Livingstone at the Reformation Society.
On Sunday, 17 March, the anniversary of the date David Livingstone landed in South Africa (in 1841) Livingstone Fellowship will hold a special service at 11am.
To celebrate the anniversary of Dr. David Livingstone sighting, mapping and naming of Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855, we are organising a Victoria Falls Livingstone Safari. Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is the largest waterfall in the world, over a mile wide (1.7km) and 360 feet high (108m). On the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is one of the most breath-taking and spectacular sights in Africa. Every minute millions of litres of raging white water of the Zambezi River pours over the edge and plummets into the deep gorge below.
To stand before this thundering panoramic view of a massive wall of water amidst the smoke that thunders, in the midst of a splendid nature reserve, is an awe-inspiring, never to be forgotten, experience. In the course of my missionary work over the last 30 years, I have frequently had the privilege of visiting Victoria Falls and it always greatly impresses and inspires me.
The Smoke That Thunders
Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is the largest waterfall in the world, over a mile wide (1.7km) and 360 feet high (108m). On the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is one of the most breath-taking and spectacular sights in Africa. Every minute millions of litres of raging white water of the Zambezi River pours over the edge and plummets into the deep gorge below.
2013 is the Livingstone bicentennial. Throughout Africa, and in many other parts of the world, special events have been arranged to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Missionary Pioneer, David Livingstone. The Livingstone 200 Missions Conference will be at the most awe-inspiring sight in Africa, at one of the most significant Missionary anniversaries likely to take place in our lifetime.
It was quite a contrast from my first visit to Livingstone in Zambia. In 1987 I had been arrested and abused. The Frontline Mission team I was leading had been arrested at Kazangulu after refusing to bribe Zambian officials. After an excruciating day and night of abuse at the hands of the Zambian security forces, we were thrown into filthy cells where the overpowering stench was nauseating. After a night of being attacked by swarms of mosquitos, my skin had been turned into relief maps of angry red bumps and bites. Then blindfolded and shackled, we were taken to Lusaka where weeks of interrogations and incarceration followed. That was October 1987, when Zambia was a one-party dictatorship under Kenneth Kaunda's UNIP. Their official policy was socialist humanism.
Kuruman is 1,195km from Cape Town. Kuruman was the first Mission station, school, church and printing press established north of the Orange River in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rev. Robert Moffat of the London Missionary Society served at this base from 1820 to 1870. Having learnt Setswana, Robert Moffat produced the first complete translation of the Bible in an African language by 1857. It was printed on the hand-operated Printing Press at Kuruman. This was the first time that the Bible had been printed in its entirety anywhere in Africa, and in a previously unwritten language. Robert Moffat also translated Pilgrims Progress into Setswana. After walking 920km from Algoa Bay (present day Port Elizabeth), Dr. David Livingstone arrived at Kuruman in 1841, which became his first Mission base in Africa.