This devotional is part of the Black Missionary Heroes Past and Present Series.
George Liele (1750–1828)
Missionary to Jamaica
Read: Matthew 28:19-20
Born a slave in Virginia, Liele was converted in 1773 and began preaching the gospel to his fellow slaves. Freed by his master in 1778 during the Revolutionary War, Liele sailed to Jamaica. This makes him the first missionary from America – ten years before William Carey. In Jamaica he preached, baptized, and planted churches leading to some eight thousand baptist converts.