Mary Slessor, Missionary
Born, Scotland, Dec. 2, 1848. Died, Africa Jan. 13, 1915
Twenty-one years ago today Mary Slessor - Dundee factory girl become missionary and consular agent-died at Itu, Africa, aged sixty-two.
The story of her amazing fearlessness in the face of danger and of threatening death, her wonderful achievements in breaking up the cruel customs and superstitions of heathenism, in rescuing twins from death, and restoring their mothers to the respect of their tribe, work accomplished by one solitary woman in the West African jungles - is one of the epics of recent days.
One theological professor has put it: 'Had Mary Slessor been a Roman Catholic, she would have been canonised; or had she been an Episcopalian, she would have been buried in Westminster Abbey'.
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