|George Leslie Mackay|
Here is an excellent article recounting Mackay's jouney, "...It was in Tamsui that George L. Mackay arrived on the last day of 1871 escorted by Hugh Ritchie, a Presbyterian worker in South Taiwan. "Mackay, this is your parish," Ritchie declared on arrival. After a brief tour and advice Ritchie returned to the south, leaving Mackay alone. He was a solitary foreigner in an alien land, but George Mackay knew why he was there: "My commission is clear; I hold it from the King and Head of the church: ...To get the gospel of the grace of God into the minds and hearts of the heathen, and when converted to build them up in their faith - that was my purpose in going to Formosa." (Mackay p. 135) Shortly after arriving he wrote: "I am shut out from fellowship with Christian brethren, yet I am not lonely nor alone. I feel my weakness, my sinfulness, my unfaithfulness. I feel sad when I look around and see nothing but idolatry ... I can as yet tell little about Jesus, and with stammering tongue. What can I do? Nothing; But, blessed thought, the Lord Jesus can do all things. .. Jehovah is my refuge and strength." (Mackay p 18-19) Mackay was to labour there for the next 30 years, returning to Canada only twice. "Mackay had given himself to the cause of Christ in Taiwan and there would be no looking back." (MacLeod)..."
|Landing site now under re-construction|
After the job is done, this under the water scene will recede into memory: