Henry Stanley was the explorer and he was telling an African Chief about Jesus, when the African chief started crying and desired to know more.
That night Stanley was pacing the floor, and decided to write a letter for missionaries to come to Africa.
There was no telegraph, no mail, no trains, and Stanley did not know what to do? Stanley had a Frenchman that was home sick, so Stanley gave the
letter to him to take back to England.
The young man took the dangerous trip down the Nile River.
The natives caught him and killed him, they robbed him, and left his body not buried.
The corpse rotted on the hot dry sand.
Months passed and the message for missionaries was doomed.
One day English soldiers just happened upon the body and his boots were near his bones. They found the letter written by Stanley, and sent it to the Governor
of Egypt. The Governor forwarded the letter to England.
7 months from the day it was written in was printed in THE DAILY TELEGRAM IN LONDON.
HERE WAS PART OF THE MESSAGE PRINTED:
KING MUTESA OF UGANDA HAS BEEN ASKING ME ABOUT THE
WHITE MAN’S GOD. ALTHOUGH I HAD NOT EXPECTED TURNING
MISSIONARY, FOR DAYS I HAVE BEEN TELLING THIS BLACK KING ALL THE BIBLE STORIES I KNOW ---HE HAS FURTHER CAUSED THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AS WELL AS THE LORD’S PRAYER AND THE GOLDEN COMMANDMENT OF OUR SAVIOR,
’THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF,’
TO BE WRITTEN ON BOARDS FOR HIS DAILY READING.
OH, THAT SOME PIOUS, PRACTICAL MISSIONARY WOULD COME HERE!
THAT DAY THAT THE ARTICLE WAS RAN IN THE DAILY TELEGRAM
SEVEN YOUNG CHRISTIAN MEN RESPONDED AND WENT TO
URGANDA AS MISSIONARIES.
ONE OF THESE YOUNG MEN WAS ALEXENDER MCKAY, THE FAMOUS
AFRICAN MISSIONARY THAT WON THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS
TO JESUS CHRIST.
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