It was quite a contrast from my first visit to Livingstone in Zambia. In 1987 I had been arrested and abused. The Frontline Mission team I was leading had been arrested at Kazangulu after refusing to bribe Zambian officials. After an excruciating day and night of abuse at the hands of the Zambian security forces, we were thrown into filthy cells where the overpowering stench was nauseating. After a night of being attacked by swarms of mosquitos, my skin had been turned into relief maps of angry red bumps and bites. Then blindfolded and shackled, we were taken to Lusaka where weeks of interrogations and incarceration followed. That was October 1987, when Zambia was a one-party dictatorship under Kenneth Kaunda's UNIP. Their official policy was socialist humanism.
An Example of Excellence
Dr. David Livingstone is an example of excellence. His life, legacy and literature continue to speak to us today. The challenge of David Livingstone is most relevant to our times.
If Dr. David Livingstone was here today, what would he say to us?
We do not need to guess. We have his writings and published statements available. We know exactly what David Livingstone would say to us today. It is what he said to the people of his generation:
"The Salvation of men ought to be the chief desire and aim of every Christian!"
"All men have the right to hear God's Word. No nation ought to hoard the Gospel like a miser!"
The Smoke That Thunders
Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is the largest waterfall in the world, over a mile wide (1.7km) and 360 feet high (108m). On the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is one of the most breath-taking and spectacular sights in Africa. Every minute millions of litres of raging white water of the Zambezi River pours over the edge and plummets into the deep gorge below.
2013 is the Livingstone bicentennial. Throughout Africa, and in many other parts of the world, special events have been arranged to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Missionary Pioneer, David Livingstone. The Livingstone 200 Missions Conference will be at the most awe-inspiring sight in Africa, at one of the most significant Missionary anniversaries likely to take place in our lifetime.