European missionaries to southern Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries played a strangely ambiguous role in the history and affairs of the region. As such, treat devotional and reflection sessions as a special time, not an obligation; arrive on time and be ready to participate. Missionaries of the Church of Scotland posted at Sailkot wrote Bailey that the problem occurred because too many Indian workers had been given the power to baptize converts. Inappropriate, revealing or provocative dressing should be avoided. It is probable however that the rural community's need to earn wages was considerably sharpened by the availability of consumer goods through local trading stores. Indeed, most transitions were not the result of blind borrowings, nor were they aesthetic in nature, but only took place after a number of social and economic preconditions had been met. The extensive work on behalf of the victims of leprosy to-day is largely due to Christian sympathy and effort which the divine command has inspired'' The Mission to Lepers, , p.
After a century of proselytizing one can only imagine the levels of frustration in the missionary community faced with seemingly monolithic and unchangeable value systems. Colin with the support of a Catholic clerical order, Greene is most interested in leprosy not as a physical condition, but as what the sixteenth-century English writer Samuel Rowlands , p. But the degree to which a person is sexually fluid is a separate variable that operates alongside sexual orientation. This has been described as sexual fluidity. It is not an easy matter to assess the results of these missionary efforts.
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The Gospel for the lepers. Nothing can more surely prevent future border wars than the multiplication of Institutions like those of Lovedale and Blythswood, especially if they extend their industrial training so as to include agriculture Warneck The asylum was an example of the relationship forged between the missionary community and the British colonial administration that was discussed earlier. The Book of Luke, chapter 16, tells the parable of the rich man and the poor man: Hutchinson, the medical superintendent of the asylum at Sailkot. As an introduction to the literature, I would suggest Arnold ; Cunningham et al. London, The Mission to Lepers.
Our buildings and plantations would also serve as a model for the Basutos, whom we regretted to see dwelling in huts, and living in a manner so precarious and so little worthy of the intelligence with which they were gifted For the earlier history, see Cust I became more and more interested and received great encouragement in my efforts for their spiritual welfare, several were baptized and became very earnest Christians. In this way the missionaries were able to place realistic limits on credit and prevent the development of an exploitative 'company store' relationship. This is highlighted by opportunities to pray, worship, encourage, listen, and serve God and the people we will encounter both in our team and on the mission field. Erving Goffman , p.