|Mary Slessor (1848-1915) was a Scottish missionary who served the Lord Jesus Christ in Africa where she was commonly called "Ma" Slessor.
"Prayer is the greatest power God has put into our hands for service..."
|1848||Born at Gilcomston, Aberdeen, [Scotland], December 2.|
|1856||Family went to Dundee.|
|1859||Began work in a factory to help support family because her dad spent a large part of his earnings on "strong drink."|
|1876||Appointed by United Presbyterian Church to Calabar as missionary teacher, and sailed on the steamer Ethiopia. Calabar, the scene of the life-work of Mary Slessor, is in southeastern Nigeria which is located in Western Africa.|
|1879||Made her first visit home because of illness.|
|1880||Returns to Calabar. In charge of the women's work at Old Town.|
|1883||Second visit home with Janie, a young African girl.|
|1885||Returns to Calabar, her new station is in Creek Town.
Death of her mother, December.
|1886||Death of her sister, Janie, March.|
|1888||Entered Okoyong alone.|
|1891||Third visit home because of illness. Janie, the African girl is with her.|
|1892||Made British government Agent (Consul) in Okoyong.|
|1898||Fourth visit home because of illness, with four of her "children": Janie, Alice, Maggie, and Mary (African girls).|
|1902||Pioneering in Enyong Creek.|
|1903||Started a Mission at Itu. Reached Arochuku.|
|1904||Settled at Itu.|
|1905||Settled at Ikotobong.
Appointed Vice-President of Native Court.
|1907||Fifth visit home because of illness, with Dan, a six-year
old African boy.
Returns to Africa and settled at Use.
|1908||Began a home for women and girls at Use.|
|1909||Gave up Court work.|
|1910||Began work at Ikpe.|
|1912||Holiday at Grand Canary.|
|1913||Visit to Okoyong; received Royal Medal; began work at Odoro Ikpe. At this time she was working three stations (Use, Ikpe, and Odoro Ikpe and constantly going between them).|
|1914||Last illness, August.|
|1915||Died at Use, January 13.
From Mary Slessor the White Queen: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism and Faith by W.P. Livingstone. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1931. Originally published as The White Queen of Okoyong... [1917?]
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