• “Dear soul, abandon yourself to the guidance of your divine Master and shrink from no surrender for which He may call…your light shall shine so brightly that men seeing, not you, but your good works, shall glorify, not you, but your Father which is in heaven.” – Hannah Whitall Smith

Helen Roseveare

Helen Roseveare was an English missionary to Congo/Zaire in the 20th century. She remained in Africa for over 20 years.

“…We were put off at a house in the jungle–nineteen defenseless women and children surrounded by some seventy-five men, soldiers and others, all filled with hatred and evil intentions toward us…And in my heart was an amazing peace, a realization that I was being highly privileged to be identified with [Christ] in a new way, in the way of Calvary.”

He (God) 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.”

Upon retirement from the mission field, Helen wrote this..

“I suddenly knew with every fibre [sic] of my being that these twenty years had been worth while, very, very worth while, utterly worth while, with no room left for regrets or recrimination.  I have looked back and tried “to count the cost,” but I find it all swallowed up in privilege. The cost suddenly seems very small and transient in the greatness and permanence of the privilege.

Now that I have given up everything else—I have found it to be the only way really to know Christ and to experience the mighty power that brought him back to life again, and to find out what it means to suffer and to die with him.”


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  • Joy Becker says:

    I am new to your site and enjoying all your wonderful research/material. However, I am wondering if your highlights are summaries from the books, articles, etc. shown at the bottom of your highlights. For example, in the Helen Roseveare showcase, there are several quotes, but I don't see where they link to either an article, book or whatever. I am writing a book and would like to highlight some of these women but need to know if I can use parts of your material or if I need to summarize books etc myself. Thanks and God bless.

    • womenofchristianity says:

      Welcome to Women of Christianity, Joy! As I only began running the site a few months ago, I have no way of knowing the original source material for those quotes. Though you can list WomenofChristianity.com as the online source for materials you find here, all materials on this site are still the property of the respective copyright holders, so any permissions would need to be granted from them, when permission is necessary. May the Lord bless your time here!

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