After the overthrow of Lobengula, king of the Matebeles inn 1893, there was less hostility from the natives. The land was acclaimed by the British government and thereby making it easier for the missionary work ti begin. A T Robinson, secured a grant of 12,000 acres lying thirty five miles west of Bulawayo for the establishment of a mission. He interviewed Cecil Rhodes, the then prime minister of Cape Colony and the director of the charter company  which controlled the territory of Southern Rhodesia.

Fred Sparrow was left to develop the station, and the next year a mission party sent from North America arrived. This group was headed by G. B. Tripp, who was to be superintendent of the new mission, and included Dr. A. S. Carmichael and W. H. Anderson. The Matabele Mission, as it was first called, was renamed a few years later after Solusi, a local chief who had his kraal nearby and who had assisted in the establishment of the early mission.

The Matebele rebellion broke out just eight month after the arrival of the missionaries posing challenges to the workers at the mission. They had to live in the road in the single wagon that carried them forth to Bulawayo. Soon, they had exhausted food and supplies and thus had  to buy their own food at exaggerated prices by reason of the war. They had to make trips at night and on foot because of the hostile natives who besieged the city.

After the war, came famine. Malaria was a threat too. In 1898, Dr A. S Carmichael G.B Tripp, his son George, Fred Sparrow’s daughter and Mrs Armitage all succumbed to Malaria. F.L Mead too passed on two years later while travelling to the Cape. G. W Reaser organized the first mission church in Africa in 1902 at Solusi with a membership of 24.In 1902, Mr and Mrs C. M Sturdevant went to Solusi to join W.H Anderson in developing a near self sufficient mission center. M.C Sturdevant succeeded W.H Anderson as the superintendent of the mission and when he also left with his family to open mission at Mashonaland, he was succeeded by Mr and Mrs W.C Walston.

African Adventist Heritage Museum

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