One of the richest contributions to church music in America has undoubtedly come from the heritage of the African-Americans who came to America as slaves. Their hymns and spirituals, which are sung today across the world, give evidence of both the extreme hardships and the fervent faith that was a part of their experience in America.
The growth of the African churches shows no sign of abating in the face of persecution and hardship.
Robert Moffat (1795-1883) was a Scottish Congregationalist missionary to Africa. He was born to a poor family and spent his early years working as an estate gardener.