Dr. David Livingstone took the Gospel to Africa in word and deed. As a medical doctor he treated the sick, earning him the necessary trust and respect to teach the love of Christ which many Africans freely embraced. Then Livingstone turned his attention to exploration, seeing this work as much a spiritual calling as traditional missionary work. Facing danger and sickness he forged routes deep into the African interior sparking the imagination of many who would follow.
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Won at the 2012 CBC Media Awards (Christian Broadcasting Council UK)
In the early part of the nineteenth century, Africa was called the dark continent. One man’s passion for Christ would change that view.
Dr. David Livingstone took the Gospel to Africa in word and deed. As a medical doctor he treated the sick, earning him the necessary trust and respect to teach the love of Christ which many Africans freely embraced. Then Livingstone turned his attention to exploration, seeing this work as much a spiritual calling as traditional missionary work. Facing danger and sickness he forged routes deep into the African interior, sparking the imagination of many who would follow.
Hailed as one of the greatest European explorers of all time, Livingstone’s commitment and eventual martyrdom helped bring an end to the slave trade and opened a continent to the Gospel.
Discover the story of David Livingstone and see how faith and sacrifice can change the world.
Africa, once called "The Dark Continent," changed dramatically when David Livingstone came to its shores. Considered one of the greatest of gospel missionary pioneers since the Apostle Paul, Livingstone went to Africa with determination as an explorer, statesman, doctor, and scientist.
This DVD documentary should challenge believers to persevere in their own lives as they witness what Livingstone endured in his body as he pressed on for the Lord's sake, despite tremendous hindrances.
Most of us think of David Livingstone as a 19th-century British explorer of Africa, a man who dropped out of contact with the West for a few years and was famously found by American adventurer Henry Morton Stanley ("Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"). But there was a great deal more to Livingstone's life and accomplishments, as viewers will discover in this fine documentary that combines archival materials and interviews with several historians. The story begins with Livingstone's early life as a schoolboy who extended his education through books, despite having to work long hours in a Scottish mill. Becoming both a doctor and a missionary, Livingstone traveled to the least-known, widely-inhabited place in the world, Africa, where he survived a devastating attack by a lion, malaria, and the death of his wife and child, among many other hardships while working to discover trade routes, as well as documenting the continent's etymology, drawing maps, practicing medicine, teaching Christianity, and bringing attention to the barbarous slave trade (his eyewitness accounts were a major contribution to England's ultimate rejection of slavery). Livingstone's books would alter the common perception of Africa as the "Dark Continent," while his obsessive quest at the end of his life to find the source of the Nile River would add to his legend. Highly recommended.
Biography lovers especially will enjoy this informative look at one of Europe's most famous explorers. Motivated by spreading the gospel, Livingstone first became a doctor, then a missionary who was drawn from Scotland to Africa in the 1800s. Narrated by several historians, this documentary follows Livingstone's expeditions and his search for the source of the Nile River. Finally overcome by malaria and complications from dysentery, Livingstone is still remembered as an outspoken opponent of slavery. An excellent addition to your DVD collection for family viewing.
Gorgeous film and the content is informative even if you have already read his books or heard his radio drama. The maps help give the feeling of his impossible travels. One to watch and learn over and over again. A very manly film.