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schoolmaster first at Akassa and then at Brass, where in 1878, after nearly two decades, Bishop Crowther wrote of him 'working single-handed . . . with the assistance of his zealous wife'.28 Modest tasks such as preliminary religious instruction, a painstaking persistence in conveying a Christian frame of reference and sense of community or purpose through visits to the sick and elderly, and a dependable pastoral presence, were all essential contributions made by ordinary Christians to the process of early church growth.

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