Helen Roseveare: Medical Missionary

Helen Roseveare

Cambridge University & Conversion At Summer Retreat

At Cambridge Helen joined the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU), attending the daily prayer meeting, the Bible Studies, the weekly biblical expositions, the evangelistic efforts where she formed precious friendships with fellow students.  For the first time she read through the New Testament. 

She began to understand what Christianity was all about, but still felt she lacked something until she opened her heart to God at a summer retreat and experienced forgiveness in a personal way. 


When she gave her testimony on the final night of the retreat, Dr. Graham Scroggie, a veteran Bible teacher wrote in her new Bible, PHILIPPIANS 3:10

“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” 

He said to her:

"Tonight you’ve entered into the first part of the verse, “That I may know Him.” 

This is only the beginning, and there’s a long journey ahead.  My prayer for you is that you will go on through the verse to know “the power of His resurrection” and also, God willing, one day perhaps, “the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death”.

Christian Missionary Doctor In The Congo

She had no idea on that night of joy how literally these words would be lived out in her experience. She eventually went out to the Belgian Congo as a doctor, where she was called "Mama Luka" by her patients who loved her.

The Full Meaning Of PHILIPPIANS 3:10

During the civil war in the Belgian Congo, she was captured by rebel soldiers and subjected to physical violence and utter degradation. But listen to her testimony of what she experienced.

" Through the brutal heartbreaking experience of rape, God met with me - with outstretched arms of love. It was an unbelievable experience: He was so utterly there, so totally understanding, his comfort was so complete - and suddenly I knew - I really knew that his love was unutterably sufficient. He did love me! He did understand! He understood not only my desperate misery but also my awakened desires and mixed up horror of emotional trauma.

I knew that Philippians 4:19, "My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus," was true on all levels, not just on a hyper-spiritual shelf where I had tried to relegate it….He was actually offering me the inestimable privilege of sharing in some little way in the fellowship of His sufferings." 

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