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Thomson, James “Diego” (1788–1854). Innovative Scottish pioneer missionary to Latin America. Born in Scotland, Thomson was one of the first Protestant missionaries to Latin America, arriving in Argentina in 1818 as an agent of the British and Foreign Bible Society. He also represented the Lancastrian Educational Society, which promoted schools in which older students helped...
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Of his conversion George Liele wrote: “I was convinced that I was not in the way to heaven, but in the way to hell. This state I laboured under for the space of five or six months.… I was brought to perceive that my life hung by a slender thread, … and I found no...
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After about two years of worship at Brampton, Rev. Thomas Burton, an elderly Baptist preacher, and Rev. Abraham Marshall visited this little slave church and gave them two certificates. The first certificate constituted this little plantation mission an official Christian church and read as follows: This is to certify that upon examination into the experiences...
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On some plantations, the laws restricting the open evangelistic strides of black preachers were gradually ignored by generous or kindhearted masters. The pulpit vitality of certain black preachers or “exhorters” was so potent that white Baptist churches were no longer able to contain them. Hence, the emergence of independent black Baptist churches gradually appeared on...
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Long before the clash between white Baptists over the issue of slavery, there were some black Baptist leaders who gradually became aware of the need of separate churches from whites. Such were the originators of plantation missions led by black preachers. It may be said, with reasonable certainty, that the evolution of plantation missions began...
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David George was born into slavery in Virginia in 1742, but ran away to South Carolina where he hid for several years — first as a servant to Creek chief Blue Salt, then to Natchez chief King Jack, who sold him to a plantation in Silver Bluff, South Carolina, near the Georgia border. Between 1773...
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Bryan, Andrew (1737–1812). Born in slavery at Goose Creek, South Carolina, Bryan was brought to a plantation near Savannah, Georgia. Near the age of thirty-five he was converted to Christianity by George Liele, who evangelized along the coastal plantations. Beginning his own ministry, Bryan and his brother, Sampson, were brought before city authorities and whipped...
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As far as it can reckoned, George Liele came into this world the same year (1751) as James Madison, future member of the Continental Congress and fourth president of the United States. When Madison was fighting to have the Bill of Rights become part of the Constitution, he did not have George Liele in mind....
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