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RECORDS OF
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MEN IN ALL
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Compiled by
HY. PICKERING

A Veteran African Worker

ROBERT MOFFAT of Kuruman, the Pioneer Missionary
        of South Africa, was born in East Lothian, in 1795.
   In very early years serious impressions had been made
upon the heart of Robert Moffat.   The earnest teachings
of his minister, combined with his mother's counsels and
prayers, left recollections which could never be effaced.
These impressions were now to be deepened, and the good
seed that had been sown to be quickened.   The Wesleyan
Methodists had commenced a good work at High Leigh,
and a pious Methodist and his wife induced Moffat to
attend some of their meetings.   He became convinced of
his state as a sinner, and was very unhappy, but after a
severe and protracted struggle, he found pardon, justi-
fication
, and peace, through faith in Christ Jesus, and
henceforth his life was devoted to the service of his Lord.
Energetically he threw himself into the society and work
of his friends, but by doing so lost the goodwill of
Mr. and Mrs. Leigh, who were grieved that one in whom
they took so much interest should have become a
Methodist, so much were these good people despised by
many in those days.
   While at High Leigh Robert Moffat had occasion to
visit Warrington, a town about six miles distant.   He
set off one calm summer evening.   All nature seemed at
rest, and thoughts of God and a feeling of admiration for
His handiworks took possession of the young man's mind.
His life was reviewed, and with thoughts full of hope
he entered the town.   Passing over a bridge, he noticed
a placard.   It contained the announcement of a mission-
ary meeting, over which the Rev. William Roby, of
Manchester, was to preside.   He had never seen such an
announcement before.   He read the placard over and
over again, and, as he did so, the stories told by his
mother of the Mor.ian missions in Greenland and Labra-
dor, which had been forgotten for years, came vividly
to mind.   From that moment his choice was made;
earthly prospects vanished: his one thought was, "how
to become a missionary?"
  After 65 years of unwearied ser-
vice for his Lord, he died at Leigh in 1883, in his 88th year.

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