The Moffats Author:Ethel Daniels Hubbard Here is the remarkable story of Robert and Mary Moffat, the two outstanding pioneer missionaries in South Africa. Years before the name of Livingstone had become famous, Robert Moffat and his wife were taking the word of God to the arid regions of Central South Africa north of the Orange River. — For more than half a century these stalwart sould... more » worked among peoples still living in tribal groups, independent of European civilization or European colonialism. Their lives were in danger many times as the result of the antipathy of local chieftains and medicine men, or when, on other occasions, they were placed in the middle between warring tribes.
At the beginning, none of the Boer settlers believed that a freshly arrived missionary, still in his early twenties, could ever convert so ferocious a morauder as the infamous Afrikaner. It was not long, however, before that legendary terror of the South African settlers became a devout and practicing Christian under Rober Moffat's guidance. From that first triumph, the young missionary and his newly arrived sweetheart went forward as man and wife, taking the gospel message ever deeper into the African interior.
When Robert Moffat first set sail for Africa in 1819, he went to a "dark continent," known only in outline. The map of Africa, in his day, showed little but vacant spaces within the coastal borders. Toward the close of his life he saw a whole nation do homage to David Livingstone, his famous son-in-law, whose explorations had filled great areas of the once sketchy map.« less