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LIVINGSTONE’S ONLy CONVERT AT KOLOBENG
By Frederick Havill
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T he man was brilliant. It was recorded
that Sechele learned the alphabet in
two days. After this, he compiled his
own spelling book. Soon he was reading
fervently the Bible, which was the only
book in the Tswana language. He also
taught others in the tribe to read. In the
years following his baptism, Sechele
proved to be a great influ-
ence for the Gospel. He be-
came a leader and pioneer
among his fellow Africans.
After the departure of
Livingstone, Sechele orga-
nized church services for his
own people. He taught read-
ing to his people and then
they too became interested in
the Bible. Many of the Bak-
wena people eventually be-
came Christians. Over time,
Sechele traveled great dis-
tances witnessing to other
tribes and sharing the news
of Christ. He allowed many
Africans fleeing persecu-
tion to find refuge in his re-
gion. At the time of his death
in 1892, there were 30,000
people under his rule.
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
―William Cowper, 1774
By the Editor
Sechele still struggled with some old
tribal ways and was considered by some
European missionaries as a “mixed
bag.” However, in spite of every fail-
ure, one thing he knew—Jesus loved
him and died for his sins. Many regions
of Africa were touched by his witness.
With all of his shortcomings, he was
a streak of light across a dark, dark
sky. When Livingstone confronted him
about his failures, he told Livingstone,
“Do not give me up because of this. I
shall never give up Jesus. You and I will
stand before him together.”
SECHELE In the course of his wonderful career, Livingstone
served three masters. As a missionary, he was the sin-
cere and zealous servant of God. As an explorer,
i – 1600-49
he was the indefatigable
servant of science. As a
denouncer of the slave trade, he was the fiery servant
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