Thursday, July 31, 2008

Godly Women From The Past (Mary Slessor Part 1)

Introducing . . . . . . .


Date of Birth: December 2, 1848-January 13, 1915

Early Life:
Mary was born in Aberdeen but at the age of 11 years old her family move to Dundee looking for work. Mary mother was the one that made sure that she went to church and a worker at a mill.

Soon this young woman would develop a interest in Christianity and joining a local mission teaching the poor. She was a very courageous women and a story to prove this was when she dared a gang of boys to swing a metal close to her face. Mary did not move at all and the boys had to attend her Sunday school.

Mary is known by those who know her to have a soft voice and loving heart.

In the year of 1876, she applied to the Foreign Mission Broad of the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland. She was trained and the sent to Calabar. At this time Nigeria was in turmoil, slave trade and many disease was among the the missionaries. Mary herself suffer from the flu and malaria.

She lived among the people and that shock many missionaries. She learn to speak Efik fluently,
and Mary also adopted many children that were consider to be a cursed and many of these children had been scarified.

She cared for the people of Africa that she walk as long as she could to preach the gospel. And this woman would wake up early in the morning asking the Lord to use her in Africa

A moment to remember:

In the village of Ibaka there were some wives that went out to visit a man but was seen. They were in trouble and the chief said for this crime they should be get one hundred lashes with a whip. But Mary said that was too harsh and that people could die from 100 lashes. This woman was bold and said to these women that they should all be shamed and said wives should remain pure and that they betrayed the chiefs trust. She told them that the Word of God has mercy and that they should not go unpunished. Because God does not overlook sin or forbid punishment for sin. So she insisted that these women should get 10 lashes.

Another moment to remember:

She met a man name Charles who wanted to marry her. But she said "I will marry you if it is God's will". They both had to check when the Mission board to see if they would agree to him work in the jungle with her. Charles ask "what if they say no, would you come back to Duke Town?" And Mary said no because her work for God in the jungle and told Charles "If God does not send you in the jungle with me, then you must do your work and I must do my work where we have been planted".

1 comment:

Elspeth said...

I'd never heard of her. Thanks for sharing.

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