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Better Than We Dreamed

Better Than We Dreamed

Simona Gorton

As I climbed into the astonishing life of Elaine Townsend, I found myself captivated by the picture of a woman whose insatiable craving for God, delight in people, and vivacity of life challenged all modern notions of stodgy missionary women. Elaine herself would have been glad of this.

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Staff Profile – Irene

Staff Profile – Irene

Margaret Roberts

Who are you and what do you do?

Irene Roberts and I am an Editorial Assistant which involves typesetting, proofreading, and administration.



What is your favourite thing about what you do?

Seeing the books when they come back from the printers.



What is one thing about you that other people think is unusual?

I sit on an exercise ball at my desk.

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How to bear much fruit in the New Year 2019

How to bear much fruit in the New Year 2019

Josh Moody

We live in a time when we are caught between competing instincts. On the one hand, the culture around us (sometimes the Christian culture too) urges us to assert ourselves. We need to develop our brand. We need to “put ourselves out there.” We are all marketing ourselves nowadays through social media. We need to think of ourselves as the product that we manage throughout our career. We cannot be passive and expect opportunities to come our way. We live in the age of the celebrity, of reality TV, of

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Staff Profile – Catherine

Staff Profile – Catherine

Margaret Roberts

Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, I am Catherine Mackenzie and I am the Children’s Editor at Christian Focus Publications. I oversee the editorial and illustrations for the children’s books, while also doing some editorial occasionally for the women’s list and biography.

What is your favourite thing about what you do?

I love the freedom this job gives me for creativity. I think one of the best things in life alongside reading a good book is making one.

What is one thing about you that other p

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Very Present Help in Trouble – Ruth Hege, c.1905–?

Very Present Help in Trouble – Ruth Hege, c.1905–?

Diana Lynn Severance

With the Simba rebellion many foreigners left the country. Ruth and Irene made preparations to evacuate, but before the helicopter came the Jeunesse attacked, on 25 January, 1964. The Jeunesse, armed with clubs, hatchets, arrows, and knives, broke into their house, looting and taking whatever they chose. The drug–crazed youth then dragged the women outside. Irene was shot in the neck with an arrow, which she pulled out, saying ‘I am finished’ as she fell to the ground dead. Ruth also had an arrow w

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Tentmaker Training Tentmakers – Ruth Siemens, 1925–2005

Tentmaker Training Tentmakers – Ruth Siemens, 1925–2005

Diana Lynn Severance

Lying on the hospital bed after three surgeries and with only one functioning lung, Ruth knew no missionary agency would accept her. It seemed the end of what she thought God had planned for her. Ruth came to a personal faith in Christ and was baptized when she was thirteen. She early became strongly interested in missions by listening to the many missionary speakers at the Mennonite Brethren Church where she grew up as well as reading numerous missionary biographies.

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Staff Profile – Peter

Staff Profile – Peter

Margaret Roberts

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Peter and I coordinate book cover design and assist marketing through media production.



What is your favourite thing about what you do?

Drinking tea… Oh, and seeing a book go from a digital to physical form!



What is one thing about you that other people think is unusual?

I think most Scottish people up here think I am very strange, but its just because I have adopted various things from three different cultures into one person and somehow that’s normal t

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Never Forsaken – Darlene Deibler Rose, 1917–2004

Never Forsaken – Darlene Deibler Rose, 1917–2004

Diana Lynn Severance

At the beginning of World War II, the Christian and Missionary Alliance had 476 missionaries in the field; 252 of those remained overseas during the war. When China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam became closed to missions, 121 Christian and Missionary Alliance men, women, and children were placed in internment camps. Among those was Darlene Deibler, a missionary in the Netherland East Indies.

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Staff Profile – Jonathan

Staff Profile – Jonathan

Margaret Roberts

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Jonathan Dunbar and I am responsible for Production and Logistics and I try to help a bit with some sales and marketing projects.

What is your favourite thing about what you do?

Seeing a book project develop and the finished book arrive in the office, and then seeing people buy and appreciate the book.

What is one thing about you that other people think is unusual?

I’ve learned not to ask, but if someone else wants to answer for me I don’t mind.

What are yo

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