The interview in the March Tabletalk is a fascinating missions feature, as “TT” talks with Rosemary Jensen, a godly Presbyterian women who has been involved with foreign missions for seven (7!) decades. She is also the author of two wonderful devotional books (see below). I believe you will find her story not only interesting but motivational. And we don’t have to go far to find needs like she has found in Africa.
Here is a small portion of the interview. You will find the rest at the Ligonier link above.
TT: Why did you write your books Praying the Attributes of God and Living the Words of Jesus?
RJ: These books were written not for publication but for my own understanding of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. My goal in life was, and is, to know God. Therefore, at one point in my adult life, I spent my quiet time each morning going through the Bible and noting verses that spoke of the attributes of God. I organized the verses into thirty-one attributes so I could rehearse one each day of the month. This took me about four years, and it has influenced my life more than anything else I have ever done.
At another time, I promised God that I would obey everything Jesus told me to do. Going through the gospels again and again early each morning off and on for more than ten years resulted in helping me know how to live the Christian life.
The books were published because those in BSF asked me to make these exercises available to them.
TT: What is the mission and goal of the Rafiki Foundation?
RJ: Rafiki means “friend” in Swahili, and Rafiki’s mission is to help others in Africa to know God and to raise their standard of living. In 1987, to accomplish this mission, the Rafiki Foundation formed a board and became registered as a 501c3 missionsending agency. The goal is to enable committed Christians to volunteer in one of ten countries in Africa where Rafiki is legally established. These missionaries work in Rafiki Training Villages with nationals to help Africans know God, primarily through the Rafiki Bible Study. This study is designed to cover the entire Bible in six hundred weeklong lessons written by almost twenty Protestant theologians. It is taught every day to all Rafiki participants, including adults and children from preschool through high school. Regular Bible study is necessary to know God.