WHEN Mackay, a young engineer, began his work in Uganda, he saw the African in the raw. A cruel king burnt the first converts to death, tribe made war on tribe, fear stalked through the land by day and terror by night. Missionary faith and vision saw the native not as he was in his cruelty, superstition and lust, but as he would be through the redeeming love and power of Christ. Faith became fact as young Baganda men accepted Christ as their Saviour and Lord, and the vision was realised as the slaves of the African forests entered into the liberty of the sons of God. Few people in the days when Caesar conquered Britain could have seen, in the savages of these islands, such Christian leaders as Wesley, Carey, Henry Martyn, or Duff. In much the same way in the early part of the nineteenth century people only saw in the African a man with a slave market value. Yet the same Gospel that redeemed us, and turned a wild pagan race in Britain into the evangelists of the world, is now operating in Africa, and the black races of a dark continent are reaching out in evangelisation to the legions beyond.
Nowhere is this better illustrated than is the life of Apolo, the Apostle to the Pygmies. His story is one of heroism and faithful service, of devotion and obedience to the Call of God, of suffering and hardships gladly borne for the sake of Christ. This greathearted African was called to his rest last year after having seen scores of Christian communities spring up, and the foundations laid of the Church of God in the forests of the Belgian Congo.
Mr. Roome has had unique opportunities of studying this great work in Central Africa and he speaks therefore as an eye-witness with a first-hand experience. He writes so vividly of what he has seen that the story of an African hero comes to life under his pen, and we are carried in vision to the heart of Africa to share with our brethren there the glory and the splendour of the triumphs of the Cross.
After reading this book my feeling was one of deep thanksgiving for this fresh evidence of the power of Christ in human life. “Ethiopia shall stretch out her hands to God.” Surely this prophecy is fulfilled as we see men like Apolo giving their lives in a full and glad consecration to the service of their Master. This book is a challenge to us all to stretch out our hands in the offering of our lives and our all to Christ, who has redeemed us unto God by His blood.
W. WILSON CASH.
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