oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - From Tambaram to Harare with Rev. Thompson Samkange

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Rev. Thompson Samkange was the first black Zimbabwean to attend an International Christian Conference, the one held in Tambaram-Madras, India, December 1938. Samkange was born and bred in Zimbabwe, where he also was trained as a minister in the Methodist Church. His attendance of the conference was a unique experience and he returned to Zimbabwe, determined that he should speak out on all occasions about the new truths he had absorbed and old, familiar truths that now became realities to be lived - among others, Christian unity, social reconstruction and economic order. Christians need to establish unity in spite of diversity and this can be achieved if churches do not stress their denominational character more than their being church.

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