In this autobiography, Eldred Echols details his missionary journeys to Africa. It is a stirring story of his commitment to God and to the people of Africa.
About the Author (from his obituary published in the Christian Chronicle newspaper):
Naming the countries in Africa that Eldred Echols didn’t visit during his lifetime is probably easier than naming the ones he did visit, said fellow Africa missionary Wendell Broom.
And Echols’ influence on mission work spreads through the entire continent.
Eldred L. Echols died May 25, 2003 — his 83rd birthday. Although the obituaries said that he passed away at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, he felt more at home in southern Africa, Broom said. Echols, suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, recently made his final visit to South Africa, but was only able to stay there for 10 days before health problems sent him back to the United States, Broom said.
Echols was an “enormous pioneer,” making his first trip to Africa in 1943 after graduating from Abilene Christian College, Broom said. There were no international flights at the time, and the boat on which he sailed across the Atlantic went through waters patrolled by submarines. He worked throughout Africa, planting churches and establishing Bible schools. He was the first church of Christ missionary to enter Nigeria, said long-time friend Glover Shipp.
After 35 years of mission work, Echols returned to the United States in 1978, teaching at Michigan Christian College until 1981 when he joined the staff at the Richland Hills church, in the Fort Worth suburb of North Richland Hills.