Robert Moffat was a great encouragement and motivator to missionary David Livingstone as he went to Africa. In a letter sent to David he said, “Do not sit down in lazy contentment. Do not choose an old station. Push on to vast unoccupied district of the north. In that direction on a clear morning, I have seen the smoke of a thousand villages. There, no missionary has ever been. There, sir, is your field! God is calling today for pioneers. Why then, build on another’s foundation? Go to those who have never heard. Blaze new trails. Be a pioneer.”
An African chief enquired of David Livingstone, “Since it is true that all who die unforgiven are lost forever, why did your nation not come to tell us of it before now? My ancestors are all gone, and none of them knew anything of what you tell me.”
“Trail blazers are still needed. Pioneers must answer the call!”
Smith, Oswald J., The Challenge of Missions, pages 128-129.
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