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!"
19 March 2013, will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone. Dr. David Livingstone was a great missionary pioneer pathfinder, who opened up Africa to the Gospel, exposed the horrors of the slave trade in Central and East Africa and set many captives free.
Dr. Livingstone walked across Africa from coast to coast. From the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, he walked across, what is today: Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. He walked throughout Malawi, Tanzania, into Burundi and the Congo. Before there were any roads, bridges, hospitals, or shops, he pioneered missionary outreaches, cared for the sick and suffering and mapped areas which had been large blank spaces on the maps at that time.