David Kalaka

( c. 1844-1904). Pioneer preacher, colporteur, translator, the first African Seventh-day Adventist in Basutoland, South Africa. Educated in a French Evangelical mission school, he worked for 15 yearsin a printing plant and assisted in translating the Bible into the Sesuto language. In 1895, while serving as guide and interpreter for S. N. Haskell, who spent several weeks visiting Basutoland, Kalaka became interested in the seventh-day Sabbath, and after many discussions he decided to keep it. After the trip was over, Haskell arranged for Kalaka to translate Ellen White’s book Steps to Christ into the Sesuto language (this was one of the earliest translations of this book into a pagan tongue) and to attend a general SDA meeting in Kimberley. There Kalaka was baptized. He then returned to ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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