The book I picked up for my weekend was 'Give Me This Mountain' by Helen Roseveare. It turned out to be one of those books which keeps you reading into the small hours. It is the story of Dr Roseveare's mssionary years in the Belgian Congo. Actually much of the book is about her conversion and spiritual journey leading up to her going to the Congo. I appreciated her honesty of her own personality failings and the spiritual difficulties these led her into. She has much to teach about walking out a Christian life, particularly in the midst of the suffering and terror which she describes so matter-of-factly during the Simba rebellion of the 1960's. Her epilogue gives these three points as the main lessons she learnt through her trials:
1. Participation in His suffering is necessary to each one if we are to fulfil His will in this world.
2. The pre-eminence of His Son is essential that we may know in very truth His all-sufficiency at all times.
3. Praise through His sacrifice is possible even in the midst of danger and horror, as we rejoice in His working out His purposes.
I have just started reading her next book 'He gave us a Valley' -it could be another late night...!
By the way, another fascinating missionary story also about the Belgian Congo is 'Missing, Believed Killed' by Margaret Hayes. She was a nurse who was captured during the Simba rebellion and miraculously escaped death during the massacre of her colleagues. I wonder if she knew Dr Roseveare?
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