Macleard Banda is a third born son of Mr Simeon Banda of Chimdidi Village Traditional Authority Wimbe, in Kasungu. He attended his Primary school at Kasakula Primary school in Ntchisi. In 1978 he went to Lunjika Secondary School and concluded his secondary school education at Robert Laws. In 1988 went to Karonga TTC for Primary Teacher Training. He taught at Malamulo Primary school from 1990 to 2000. In August 2000, went to Solusi University for BEd majoring in Religion. In July 2002 he was posted to Matand ani Secondary School to teach Bible Knowledge. In 2006 he received his MA from the University of Malawi and in 2014 his PhD from Mzuzu University. He is the Director of Research and Publication at Malawi Adventist University. The missionary work of the Sev enth-day Adventist Church started in Southern Malawi in 1902, and histories of churches are usually told from that starting point. This book uses a different approach, it tells the story of Lunjika Mission (earlier called Mombera Mission) which begins in 1 932, showing how the SDA Church met a new culture, that of the strongly patrilineal Ngoni and their neighbours to the North, and how it dealt with other churches that had started missionary work in that broad area up to two generations before.