William H. Sheppard, a Presbyterian minister and graduate of what is now Stillman College, was one of the earliest African American missionaries appointed by Presbyterians in the Southern United States. With Samuel N. Lapsley, a white minister from Alabama, Sheppard ventured into remote regions of Congo’s Kasai province. They set about learning the language and gaining the trust of the people. It was several years before they had their first convert. Read their story in this resource reproduced courtesy of Presbyterians Today magazine.