Success Attained By Missionaries in the Camps 

Success Attained By Missionaries in the Camps

  • To enlarge extent, the Missionaries were successful in the evangelization of the ex-slaves in the camps as shown below.
  • As a result of ex-slaves rehabilitation centres,there emerged Christian villages e.g. at Morogoroo,Mbonda and Kondora.
  • There was emergence of a life of prayer everyday e.g. at Bagamoyo,an hour of prayer was compulsory.
  • Christian worship was developed among the ex-slaves in the rehabilitation centre.
  • There developed a strong belief in Jesus Christ as the Lord among the ex-slaves in the camps.
  • African ex-slaves adopted Christian Baptism abandoning the African initiation rite of circumcision.
  • The ex-slaves also adopted the Christian Marriage system of Monogamy as opposed to African marriage system of polygamy.
  • The Africans in the camps took up monotheism and abandoned polytheism hence turned to the worship of one supreme creator God.
  • Some Africans became church leaders after undergoing seminary education hence a success.
  • Ex-slaves developed a life of Bible study and interpretation hence living a real Christian holy life.
  • Some ex-slave Christians developed a life of self-sacrifice and denouncing of materialism which could lead to sin, jealously and hatred hence a success.
  • Some ex-slaves started trading with other neighboring people which also served as a link in spreading the church.
  • Africans in the camps later on started visiting the churches for prayer and thanks giving to God.

Weakness of The Rehabilitation Centers In East Africa

  • Africans in the camps were sometimes mistreated basing on race through under feeding them.
  • The ex-slaves were also exploited in terms of labour on the mission farms that produced cash crops for export that they never benefited from.
  • Missionaries used the ex-slave camps to divide the Africans basing on race and Christian denominations. Ø Rehabilitation centres were further used as centres of eroding and diluting African culture in favour of European culture.
  • The ex-slaves were heavily punished on simple mistakes in the camps.eg they were imprisoned and whipped which made them feel as if they were still under slavery.
  • In addition, the ex-slaves were over worked on the farms of the Missionaries which annoyed them and started conflicting with the Missionaries.
  • Life in the camps was so strict and tight which made the ex-slaves feel as if they were still slaves.
  • The ex-slaves in the camps were used as markets for the European produced goods and services like medicine, books etc. hence taking away the little money Africans had.
  • The rehabilitation centres were too congested with many ex-slaves which led to poor hygiene and outbreak of diseases especially dysentery that killed some of them.
  • Missionaries used the camps to spread European imperialism and influence the Africans acceptsanything European including colonialism.
  • The ex-slaves in the camps were also used to produce raw materials for European industries which developed Europe and drained Africa.

How the Rehabilitation Centers Led To The Spread Of Christianity

  • The Missionaries did whatever they could to ensure that the ex-slaves in the camps turned to Christianity as shown below;
  • Missionaries put Christian believers to administer the camps and these ensured that Christian principles and doctrines were imparted into the ex-slaves.
  • Since the centres were put up on catholic and Protestants foundation, the ex-slaves were able to live a Christian Lifestyle hence the spread of Christianity.
  • Churches for worship were built in the camps where the ex-slaves were supposed to go and attend church services.
  • People in the camps were by law required to be baptized in Christianity as a requirement to fit in the Camps.
  • Christian schools and seminaries were built in the camps to train African Catechists, priests and sisters out of the freed slaves.
  • The ex-slaves had to first accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah in order to receive Missionary educational, health and Charity services.
  • Freed slaves in the camps were also required to go for prayer every day hence leading to the spread of Christianity.
  • Bible study lessons were a must among the ex-slaves and this equipped them with Bible Knowledge.
  • Christians were given land and houses a few meters away from the camps, the ex-slaves were to stay in Christian Villages that were created hence spreading Christianity among the inmates.
  • Freed slaves in the camps were supposed to practice the Christian marriage system of monogamy based on Love and Companionship thus spreading Christianity.
  • Some ex-slaves were made church leaders and this encouraged them to spread the gospel to fellow Africans in the Camps thus spreading Christianity.
How Morals Were Imparted Into the Ex-Slaves in the Camps
  • The ex-slaves underwent bible study lessons which equipped them with Christian values and morals.
  • They were converted to Christianity and called upon to live according to Christian norms hence acquiring Christian morals.
  • The mature ex-slaves were influenced to get married in order to avoid temptation of sexual immorality.
  • They were subjected to moral lessons and instructions in the camp which reminded them of their moral obligation all the time.
  • The missionaries gave punishments to the ex-slaves who went against Christian morals thus enforcing morals into them.
  • The ex-slaves were also kept busy most of their time in the gardens and in technical schools hence avoiding idleness in the camps
  • The missionaries sometimes ex-communicated/chassed the ex-slaves who had bad behavious in the camps which scared others from having unacceptable immoral behaviors.
  • Missionaries encouraged daily prayers which constantly renewed the faith of the ex-slaves making them live moral lives.
  • The freed slaves were encouraged to repent incase of any crime committed which renewed their faith and made them live morally upright.
  • The ex-slaves were provided with employment opportunities that provided them with money for survival hence reducing temptations of stealing thus living morally.
  • They encouraged themto establish their homes outside the camps which reduced on the congestion in the camps leading to easy management and good morals.
  • The younger ex-slaves were given forecaster parents who supported them morally, socially, financially and psychologically hence living moral lives.

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