Native Land Rights and a Missionary

Last week I referred to an interesting new study that used painstakingly detailed data to track the long term positive affects that Christian proselytizing missionaries had on the countries they served. Their commitment to the Gospel and for the value of the people they preached to led them to also take up societal issues that had positive lasting results.

John Mackenzie went to what is now South Africa with the London Missionary Society in 1858. He partnered with local people whose land ownership was threatened by colonization to protect their ownership rights. He worked with the British government to declare protected land, which directly led to the modern nation of Botwana.

Melinda Penner