Missionaries Pg 3
Many Christian missionaries have gone to the poorest of the poor and to remote locations. Many missionaries preached Christ through helping people by giving medical services, hospitals, clinics and schools.
Ministering to the very sick and to the abandoned is ministering to Christ, himself.
(38) "When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? (39) When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?"...
"I say to you, what ever you did for one of these least....you did for me." MT 38-40
"I have but one candle of life to burn and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light." - John Keith Falconer
Dr. Carl Becker
Dr. Carl Becker (1894-1990)
Missionary Doctor and Leprosy expert (Africa Inland Mission, Democratic Republic of Congo)
News of Dr. Beckers compassion spread and literally thousands of lepers sought out his help. By the early 1950s he was treating some four thousand resident patients on an eleven hundred acre property.
Leprosy specialists worldwide also visited to learn from him, even the world's leading expert Dr. Robert Cochrane of Cambridge University was impressed with his findings.
He lived in hostile conditions in the Congo, Africa where other people might not care to go.
Dr. Paul Wilson Brand
Dr. Paul Wilson Brand (17 July 1914 – 8 July 2003) was a pioneer in developing tendon transfer techniques for use in the hands of those with leprosy.
He spent 19 years serving in India. During his career, Dr. Brand received many awards and honors. He was awarded the Hunterian professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1952.
Jackie Pullinger MBE
Jackie Pullinger MBE (born 1944) is a British Protestant Christian charismatic missionary to Hong Kong and founder of the St Stephen's Society. She has been ministering in Hong Kong since 1966.
Her work has resulted in at least 500 drug addicts being saved from their drug addictions. The early years of her Hong Kong ministry are chronicled in the book Chasing the Dragon.
Helen Roseveare (21 September 1925 – 7 December 2016) was an English Christian missionary, doctor and author. She worked with Worldwide Evangelization Crusade in the Congo from 1953 to 1973, including part of the period of political instability in the early 1960s. She practiced medicine and also trained others in medical work.
After completing her studies, Roseveare applied to WEC to be a medical missionary. In 1953, she went to the Congo, where she was assigned to the north-east provinces.
She built a combination hospital/ training center in Ibambi in the early 1950s, then relocated to Nebobongo, living in an old leprosy camp, where she built another hospital. After conflict with other staff at the hospital, she returned to England in 1958.
She returned to the Congo in 1960. In 1964 she was taken prisoner by rebel forces and she remained a prisoner for five months, enduring beatings and rapes.
She left the Congo and headed back to England after her release but returned to the Congo in 1966 to assist in the rebuilding of the nation. She helped establish a new medical school and hospital, as the other hospitals that she built had been destroyed, and served there until she left in 1973.
After her return from Africa, she had a worldwide ministry speaking and writing. She was a plenary speaker at the Urbana Missions Convention three times.
Her life of service was portrayed in the 1989 film "Mama Luka Comes Home". Her touching story about the prayer of Ruth, 10-year-old African girl, for a hot water bottle to save a premature newborn baby after its mother had died has been widely forwarded by email.
She survived rape and trial during the Congolese civil war in 1964 because of the intervention of the villagers she had helped previously.
Roseveare died on 7 December 2016 aged 91 in Northern Ireland.
Mary Mitchell Slessor
Helen Roseveare (21 September 1925 – 7 December 2016) missionary doctor to the Congo:
Dr. Rosevere, a single missionary woman started a medical mission in the Nebobongo area of the Congo. She trained national workers and invested a lot of time and energy into caring for local people. She stayed on in Congo through politically unsettling times and suffered much abuse at the hands of rebels (beatings and rape). Incredibly, despite this she endured and courageously returned to Congo to continue her mission work.