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       David Livingstone
       1813-1873
      
       Livingstone was a Scottish missionary and one of the greatest European explorers of Africa, whose opening up the interior of the continent contributed to the 'Scramble for Africa'.
      
       David Livingstone was born at Blantyre. At 10 he began working in the local cotton mill, with school lessons in the evenings. In 1836, he began studying medicine and theology in Glasgow and decided to become a missionary doctor. In 1841, he was posted to the edge of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa.
      
       Perhaps one of the most popular national heroes of the late 19th century in Victorian Britain, Livingstone had a mythic status: that of Protestant missionary martyr, that of working-class "rags to riches" inspirational story, that of scientific investigator and explorer, that of imperial reformer, and anti-slavery crusader.
      
       Livingstone became convinced of his mission to reach new peoples in the interior of Africa and introduce them to Christianity, as well as freeing them from slavery. It was this which inspired his explorations.
      
       He died on 1 May 1873. His body was taken back to England and buried in Westminster Abbey.


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Sympathy is no substitute for action.

    Topics: Achievement

Fear God and work hard.

    Topics: Achievement, Work

Without Christ, not one step; with Him, anywhere!

    Topics: Christ

For thirty years his life was spent in an unwearied effort to evangelize.

    Topics: Death, Evangelism
    Source: His epitaph

People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege.

    Topics: Evangelism, Sacrifice

If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.

    Topics: Evangelism, Men

I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of God. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time or eternity.

    Topics: Evangelism

Fastings and vigils without a special object in view are time run to waste.

    Topics: Fasting

Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.

    Topics: Giving, Money

I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.

    Topics: Giving

God had an only Son, and He was a missionary and a physician.

    Topics: Jesus

God had only one Son, and He was a missionary.

    Topics: Missions

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