Merfyn's life in print and on film
There was an appealing and poignant bonus available for those who attended retired Methodist minister Merfyn Temple s book launch in Honiton last Saturday – a black and white film from the 1950s, showing his life and work in Africa.
There was an appealing and poignant bonus available for those who attended retired Methodist minister Merfyn Temple's book launch in Honiton last Saturday - a black and white film from the 1950s, showing his life and work in Africa.
As the 90-year-old signed copies of Zambia Stole My Heart - Volume One for a steady line of locals in St Paul's Church, many then moved to another room and saw Merfyn, his late wife, Audrey, and his children working there.
He was seen cycling away from home to visit parts of his large designated station, near Lusaka in central Zambia.
Audrey, a doctor, was featured taking care of local men, women and children, but didn't shirk another test when she organised men to beat back a corn field fire and even wielding a brush herself.
You may also want to watch:
Children from nearby villages were seen happily playing where the Temple family lived.
As Merfyn explains in his book, he combined teaching peasant farmers about religion with passing on tips about how to improve their way of working in the fields with their crops. Alongside Merfyn as he signed books and talked to visitors and Methodist ministers from across East Devon was Shimwaayi Muntemba, whose charity for orphans in Zambia will receive all profits from the book.
- 1 Family pay tribute to popular Colyton man after his tragic death
- 2 Town's Market Charter Day event is set to be biggest, say organisers
- 3 Hundreds of sites are earmarked for new development
- 4 Beachgoers share moment of wonder
- 5 800th anniversary makes town's celebrated event a hot topic this year
- 6 Property of the Week: Otter Mill
- 7 Scheme for affordable homes on old football pitch moves step closer
- 8 He was going, going gone... but now TV auctioneer is back
- 9 Motorcyclist 'seriously injured' in crash near Ottery St Mary
- 10 It's time to get on your bike for the Hospiscare Tour de Devon
"I first met him, his wife and his family when I was only a youngster and we all called him Mulutu Tempulu," said Shimwaayi.
"They were very different from any other white people we came into contact with.
"Perhaps, as a child, I didn't really understand words like injustice and politics but, years later, when I came to the UK to work for a PhD degree, I realised what he was trying to teach the people he lived among for so many years.