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Footprints By Eric Bohman
Bimi africa DirEctor
I My heart was greatly challenged recently when I
visited South Africa. Missionary Adam Lewis and
I drove up to the country of Botswana where we
were able to see one of David Livingstone’s old
mission stations called Kolobeng.
was disappointed to see that the area had been
grossly neglected, and all that was left was some
foundation stones of the home and the church that
Livingstone personally built by hand. This was the first
church that later doubled as the first school that was
built in Botswana. It was there that Livingstone had one
of his few salvation decisions—a chief named Sechele,
the first convert in Botswana.
Situated near what would have
been the front door of Liv-
ingstone’s house is the
large flat rock where
he sat to preach,
teach, and doctor
the hundreds who
visited this mission
station during the
five years he lived
there. Farther down
the hill from the re-
mains of the house, I
was sobered at the sight
of a large pile of rocks; and the
burial place of one of Livingstone’s children, a “bonny,
blue-eyed lass” named Elizabeth.
History views Livingstone’s time in Kolobeng as a
failure. The only convert was Sechele, who was also
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the area “rain maker.” After his conversion, no rain fell
for over four years, and locals blamed his conversion to
Christianity as the cause.
Famine, draught, and disease nearly destroyed the
young missionary family. In despair, the Livingstones
left—never to return to Kolobeng.
Four hundred and fifty kilometers to the southwest
in present day South Africa was the mission station of
Livingstone’s father-in-law Robert Moffat. The sta-