They penetrated deeper inland and came to Zimbabwe. Ann Beck’s well renowned book, A history of the British Medical Administration of East Africa, 1900-1950 which was published in 1970 (hereafter referred to as Ann Beck’s book) states that the missionaries perceived …the gospel of healing as an essential aspect of their work among the Africans.

Harsh climate The humid and hot climate of Africa made travelling difficult and risky which confined missionary work to just a few areas The conditions were very unhealthy for missionaries who were used to the cool temperate climate of Europe. The early years.

The Roman Catholic missionaries were the first to arrive in Southern Africa. European colonization of North America aroused interest in Native Americans, and the Virginia and Massachusetts charters enjoined their conversion. On this day July 9, 1737 the first Protestant missionary to South Africa arrived at the request of the Dutch church. One of the first to repent was a woman George Schmidt gave the name Magdalena with her baptism. Hottentots were beyond redemption, they said.

It was much later that explorers and colonialists from European countries began to take professional missionaries from Roman Catholicism and various strands of post-Roman Catholic Protestantism with them everywhere they went, including into Africa and India, … These first seven years of mission work however were not without fruit. Missionaries were amongst the first people to explore the interior of Africa. Please link the profiles of people who were missionaries in Africa to this project.

During colonialism in South Africa they defied the government and educated black students at a time when the colonial governments forbade this practice. Christianity - Christianity - Protestant missions, 1500–1950: Protestant missions emerged well after Martin Luther launched the Reformation in 1517; Protestants began to expand overseas through migration, notably to North America.

South Africa, Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi) and beyond.
The legacy of Christian missionaries in Africa lives up to this day. There may have been many reasons for missionaries to travel to Africa, but not only as remarked by Father Wermter: "The community culture of Africa fascinated the European missionaries who came from individualistic cultures." The arrival of Christian missionaries, 1877.


In southern Africa most of the leaders who participated in the fight for independence were educated by missionaries or schools built by missionaries. There was a form of Christianity in Africa long before the Roman one arrived there. Georg Schmidt was determined to reach the Hottentots for Christ.