By the time they returned home seventeen years later, the mission modelled success that was rare, if not unparalleled in Christianity. They had proven that, given the very small size of the New Hebrides, despite their remote location, islanders long viewed as incurable savages might be educated to live as missionaries themselves did in their own homeland.
I am the result of two continents blended into a single island people. My last name, Scobie, points to European ancestry from the time when most slave masters on my small Caribbean island were Scottish. Visibly however, I am African, descended from the Mossi of Burkina Faso in West Africa. This union of north and south produced a hybrid. Like Mary Seacole, Bob Marley and most West Indians, I am the product of circumstances veiled in the mystery tombstone of “a mother without knowing it, and a wife without letting her husband know it” - at Plymouth, not in England, or New England but in Tobago. And that's only the beginning of what I am