Louw, Andries Adriaan (A)
South African missionary.
Known as “Andrew,” Louw was born at Fauresmith, South Africa, the son of a Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) minister. While studying theology at the University of Stellenbosch, he developed a serious lung affliction and had to give up his studies in order to move to a drier area inland. He worked on a sheep farm near Colesberg for five years before offering his services to the Cape DRC mission committee to accompany S. P. Helm to the new mission field in Mashonaland (present-day Zimbabwe). With the help of black evangelists trained by Stephanus Hofmeyr, he founded the DRC mission in Mashonaland, with its headquarters at Morgenster. With the help of his wife Cinie (Malan), he translated the Bible into Karanga. He also started the first theological courses for evangelists, out of which a full-pledged theological seminary later developed. In recognition of his outstanding contribution, he was ordained a minister of the DRC in 1919, without having completed the theological studies. In 1954 the queen of England awarded him the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his service in the development of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
Andrew Louw’s biography, Andrew Louw van Morgenster (1965), was written by his son A. A. Louw. See also W. J. van der Merwe, From Mission Field to Autonomous Church in Zimbabwe (1981)
This article is reproduced, with permission, from Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, copyright © 1998, by Gerald H. Anderson, W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. All rights reserved.