RICHMOND (BP) -- One of the most significant figures in the history of Christian missions is a freed Georgia slave named George Liele. Even though William Carey may be called the father of the modern missionary movement, George Liele left America and planted the Gospel in Jamaica a full 10 years before Carey left England.
Conversion and early ministry
George Liele came to Christ in 1773, at the age of 23, and was baptized by his white pastor, Matthew Moore. Some time after Liele's conversion, his owner, Henry Sharp, who was a Baptist deacon, gave Liele his freedom so he could pursue God's call. Liele preached for two years in the slave quarters of plantations surrounding Savannah and into South Carolina after his conversion. Read More