I Heard Him Call: The Story of Neville Langford-Smith
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Seen by some as 'always controversial' and by others as 'humble' and 'most caring', Neville Langford-Smith lived among African peoples in Tanganyika and Kenya for over four decades, sharing their friendship, joys and sorrows. His long missionary service began in 1932, when he set out for Tanganyika at 22 years of age, despite being considered unfit and continued until 1975, when he retired as Bishop of Nakuru in Kenya. First sent to Uha, an area midway between Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika in the extreme west of Tanganyika Territory, to set up mission stations and schools in strategic places, later he became a teacher, headmaster and teacher trainer. He was ordained priest in Sydney in 1937, and shortly after married fellow missionary and kindergarten teacher, Vera Dobson, in Hobart. Together they shared wholeheartedly in the development and encouragement of an indigenous church in Tanganyika and Kenya, experiencing the difficult war years, the challenges and blessings of the East African Revival, Mau Mau with the struggle for African Independence and the turbulent years of the birth and growth of Kenya as a nation.
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Neville Langford-Smith's life is a wonderful encouragement and example for any Christian. He followed the Lord's leading him to Tanzania and then Kenya and faced challenge after challenge. Beginning his ministry in 1932 he served the African church faithfully for over 40 years. A church which is still growing and in need of faithful, God-fearing pastors and evangelists today. The short concise chapters make this book hard to put down and there are twists and turns with light humour coming through even the most dire situations. Reading Margaret Thornton's biography was an encouragement to remember, God is still at work in all of us and to continue to pray "May his kingdom come!" Read it and then pray for the church and country of Tanzania and consider going to serve the LORD there yourself!