Monday, 22 November 2010

Book of the Week: Cannibalism Conquered

John G. Paton and Alexander MacKay

John G. Paton
Growing up in a little cottage in Dumfriesshire, Paton was cradled in the gospel and raised on a faithful father's prayers. He grew to be a towering figure in the advancement of the gospel worldwide. He left that little cottage and his father's prayers to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the New Hebrides, an island group in the South Pacific. He faithfully laboured, and raised a family, among the wild and savage heathen, despite being in constant danger and threat of death. On the first assembling of his little congregation of converts, he wrote "I had the foretaste of the joy of glory that well-nigh broke my heart in pieces. I shall never taste a deeper bliss till I gaze on the glorified face of Jesus Himself."

Alexander McKay
When a young Scottish draughtsman, working in Germany, wrote in his diary the following words, "this day last year Livingstone died - a Scotsman and a Christian, loving God and his neighbour in the heart of Africa. Go thou and do likewise," the seed sown by a mother's prayers was beginning to show life. Later, he read H.M. Stanley's famous challenge written in the Daily Telegraph "challenging Christendom to send missionaries to Uganda." Answering the call of the Lord of the Harvest, MacKay put his life to the Master's use. He arrived in Zanzibar in May, 1876, taking two further years to reach Uganda. Amidst much opposition, many perils, hardships and setbacks, he never wavered, and never left Africa again. Stanley called him "the greatest missionary since Livingstone."

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