Christian History has a brief profile on Mary Slessor, a missionary you should know:
MARY SLESSOR was one of the best-known missionaries of the nineteenth century. A hard childhood in Scotland prepared her for the strenuous life of the mission field. By age eleven she was working in a mill, preparing jute and flax for weavers. As she grew older she became a weaver, able to manage two large looms at once. Home wasn’t much of a place to go. Her father was an alcoholic and often her mother pushed her out into the street so that her father couldn’t beat her. On winter nights, she had to fend off drunks and thieves. Wanting to improve her situation, she attended night classes. When she was too tired to follow the arithmetic lecture, her teacher punished her by making her stand.
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