While in Kuruman for Thanksgiving, fellow volunteers treated us to a visit to Moffat Mission. The mission was established in 1816 by Robert Moffat, a Scottish missionary and his wife Mary. Robert Moffat is perhaps best well known for translating the Bible into Setswana. Robert and Mary Moffat’s daughter would marry the famous African explorer, David Livingstone.
The original church of the mission with its dung floor is still in use today.
What I loved best about Moffat Mission was that it was vibrant and green with trees and gardens and shade and leaf mould (or at least some kind of mulch). It felt decently lush in its greenery, as I’m so used to the hot, dry desert veld. I liked too, sitting in the deep silence of the church.
It was a lovely way to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving and certainly a refreshing change from the “Black Friday” I would have endured in the States.