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David Livingstone Man of Prayer and Action David Livingstone was a faithful pioneer missionary whose greatest desire was granted only after his death the stopping of the slave trade and opening up Africa to Christianity and lawful commerce Livingstone was born on March 19th 1813 at Blantyre Lankshire He was raised in a pious but poverty stricken home in Scotland By the age on 9 he had already memorized Psalm 119 and won a copy of the New Testament as a prize He worked 14 hours a day when he was just 10 years old at a cotton-spinning factory Livingstone spent 10 years in the cotton mill then he set out to study medicine and theology David liked to study After his 14-hour workday he would come home and start studying his Latin until his mother would come in and put out his candle All these years of studying paid off when he reached the college age Glasgow University was the closest college so David and his father went there and he entered as a student majoring in Greek and medicine The money for his education was not easily acquired but somehow he always managed to get it on time Early in winter of 1836 David and his father went to Glasgow and all day searched for a room for David and finally after a full days searching they found a room which could be rented for two shillings a week During his second session at Glasgow David made one of the most important decisions in his life He decided to offer himself as a missionary for foreign services He was chosen for the London Missionary Society because of his sympathy with the nondenominational structure of its basis In November of 1840 he was able to return to Glasgow and qualify as a Licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons and sometime later he said good-bye to the old
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