Working Together to Share the Gospel
Inspired by a visit from an American Indian preacher, the Countess of Huntingdon assembled a team of missionaries and on the 9th October 1772 commissioned them to take the Gospel to America. So well received were they that she wrote ‘it looks as if we have our way free through the whole continent.’ One of her chaplains, Rev John Marrant, travelled to Nova Scotia with freed slaves who then later settled in the newly created Province of Freedom in Sierra Leone in 1792.
The Countess’s energy for spreading the Gospel wherever a door might open was inexhaustible. One of her biographers commented ‘She was far in advance of her times, and represented in her own person the home missionary, the foreign missionary and the missionary to the Jews!’
The modern Connexion continues to have strong links with Sierra Leone, through the work of the Sierra Leone Mission, and our churches have established links far and wide including Colombia, Pakistan, India, Philippines, Mongolia and Macedonia.