He Gave Us A Valley
Here is the continuing story of Dr. Helen Roseveare’s work in the Congo, 1950s and 60s, the sequel to her previous work, Give Me This Mountain. After aspiring to only serve the people of the Congo, and instead suffering savage beatings and humiliating personal abuse, Helen continues her labors to assist in the rebuilding of a nation which has only been cruel to her, after their civil war.
Her diligent labors established a new hospital and medical school, at which she not only ministered joyfully to those in physical need, but powerfully taught the meaning of Christian forgiveness.
After twelve years of missionary work in the northeast province of what was the Belgian Congo, building up a simple medical service, civil war erupted with horrific effects. During the war Helen was brutally beaten and raped and left with no choice but to return to Britain (this story is told in Give me this Mountain).
She quickly returned to the Congo in 1966 to assist in the rebuilding of the nation. She helped establish a new medical school and hospital (for the other hospitals that she built were destroyed) and served there until 1973. In the eight years following the war, despite endless frustrations, again and again God showed his unfailing guidance and unstinted provision for her needs. This book is the story of the joys and adventures of re-establishing the medical work, the church building programme and the work of forgiveness, necessary after the destruction of the civil war.
About Helen Roseveare
Helen Roseveare (1925-2016) went to the Congo as a missionary between 1953 and 1973. A pioneer of vital medical work in the rainforests of this region, she had a major impact long after she left. Through many trials, she lived out her life striving to serve her Lord with every day – and encouraging those around her to do the same.
“Helen Roseveare’s stories are about a real person with a real God. And the exultant end of so many of her stories is the great release and relief of once again being still and knowing that God is God and I’m not.” — Noel Piper, author of Treasuring God in Our Traditions and wife of Pastor John Piper