Born in 1794 in Berkshire, Allen Francis Gardiner embarked on a naval career that in time saw him return to faith in Jesus Christ. After retirement from the Royal Navy, he served as a missionary among the Zulus of southern Africa and afterward turned his attention to the Southern Cone of South America, among the native peoples of Chile and Patagonia, thus providing the foundation for the South American Missionary Society, out of whose work grew the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone (Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America). Gardiner died in September 1851, when he and six missionary companions succumbed to starvation on a desolate beach in Patagonia.
A biographical sketch of Gardiner’s life and ministry may be found at the Faith2Share website.
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant Allen Gardiner, whom you called to be your instrument in beginning a great work among the Yaghan people, after whom you raised up other laborers for the harvest. Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The South American Missionary Society (SAMS) is still a thriving missionary organization, with subsidiary societies in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and the United States.