Daily Topic for January 02, 2010
One of the things that made David Livingstone so attractive to people around him was his wisdom. Here was a man who was courageous and bold, yet he was willing to offer his very life for the sake of the gospel. His willingness to confront the slave trade may have won him enemies, but it also came from a godly wisdom. A man with such heavenly wisdom is bound to attract people to His Master, Jesus Christ.
Pray that you will have the kind of wisdom it takes to follow Christ no matter what the cost.
(Continued from yesterday)
In 1840, now 27 years of age, David Livingstone sailed for Africa to serve under the London Missionary Society. He was dismayed by the number of missionaries concentrated around the Cape, where he had been sent. Like Hudson Taylor later, he believed that missionaries should plant churches, train leaders, and then move on to new, unreached groups as soon as possible.
Livingstone identified with the Africans, living as they did and learning an African language. After two years he was eager to go into the interior as had his hero, Robert Moffat. He visited the Moffats. There he met Moffat’s daughter, Mary, whom he married in 1845.
Livingstone loved to explore. He often went on excursions into unexplored regions of interior Africa, but his primary motive always was to bring Christ to new areas.
Unwilling to be separated from his family, he took them with him on his early journeys in spite of mosquitoes, fever and lack of potable water. After the Livingstones lost a child to an epidemic raging at the time of her birth, Livingstone reluctantly decided to send his family back to England.
With recruits from his favorite African tribe, the Makololos, he crossed the continent of Africa, exploring and preaching. His first-hand accounts of the barbarity of the slave trade stirred the conscience of the people back home and eventually helped bring about its demise.-AL
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Pray that efforts by today’s missionaries will be used by God to end slavery and oppression in Sudan.