Helen Roseveare

The Doctor Who Kept Going No Matter What

By Laura Wickham, illustrated by Cecilia Messina
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Inspiring children's biography of Helen Roseveare, who served God as a missionary doctor in central Africa.

Part of the Do Great Things For God series.

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Read the true story of Helen Roseveare, a missionary doctor in central Africa.

On the day of her eighth birthday, Helen sat in Sunday school cutting and sticking pictures of faraway countries and, in her heart, made a decision:

“When I grow up, I will travel the world and tell other boys and girls about Jesus.”

Follow her life story from medical student to missionary doctor in the heart of Africa. You'll learn all about the ups and downs she experienced, including being held as a prisoner for many months, and you'll discover how her faith kept her going.

This beautifully illustrated children's biography of Helen Roseveare (1925-2016) is part of a series designed to show kids that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Download free extras, such as worksheets, to help children interact with the true story and think of ways in which they can also follow God and encourage his people today.

These stories can be read to young children or enjoyed independently by early readers. The free extras make these stories useful for , Sunday school, missions events, and more.

Product details


  • Helen Roseveare: Illustrated Biography
    Further notes about Helen for adults and older children


Age range: 4+
Contributors Laura Wickham, Cecilia Messina
ISBN 9781784987466
Format Hardback
First published February 2023
Dimensions 195mm x 240mm x 7.2mm
Weight 0.30 kg
Language English
Pages 24
Publisher The Good Book Company

Susan Sutton

International Director WEC International

This is a wonderful book for children about a remarkable woman in history. Helen Roseveare’s story engages and inspires the reader. Children will relate to Helen’s emotions and dreams as she was growing up. They will be inspired by her courageous life and service. They will hear stories of God’s faithfulness. I’m going to give copies to as many families as I can.

Andrea Trevenna

Women’s worker at St Nicholas Sevenoaks, Kent; author of The Heart of Singleness.

I love this book! It's beautifully written and perfectly illustrated. Helen’s story of bravery, trust and deep joy in her Lord in the midst of great suffering is truly inspirational—for both young children and their parents. It left me deeply moved and hugely encouraged!

Melissa B Kruger

Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Uptown Church; author, The Envy of Eve

Children want heroes. While they may look for them in fictional accounts of magical powers or super-human strength, Christian biographies offer up true stories that invite children to see the greatness of God’s power at work through his people. As parents, we have the opportunity to introduce our children to heroes like “Helen Roseveare: The Doctor Who Kept Going No Matter What.” I pray that this book will inspire a new generation of missionaries who faithfully serve all over the world.

Customer reviews

20 Apr 2024

“Highly Recommend!”

I highly recommend this book and the entire Do Great Things for God series. I had never heard of Helen Roseveare. But what a remarkable story to share with my daughters. Helen determined at a young age that she would travel the world and tell others about Jesus. And she did! She finished medical school, attended missionary training school, and accepted the mission to Congo. There she did great things for God. Congo became dangerous and she was imprisoned for 5 months. She was then rescued but when it was safe to return to Congo, she did! What an excellent role model for our children. The illustrations are bright and the text is simple! Overall, a beautiful book and a beautiful story!

18 Mar 2024

“Another great book in this series!”

I had never heard of Helen Roseveare, I think that's one of my favorite things about this series. Not only to they introduce my girls to godly women, with no feminist agenda, but I've also learned about some amazing women that I'd never heard of. Helen's story of following the Lord's leading in her life and surrendering her anxiety was inspiring. She studied to become a doctor and then attended missionary-training school. Helen set off for the Congo where she helped build a hospital, trained doctors and nurses and shared about Jesus. This book illustrated the power of prayer so well!
Helen endured great suffering at times during her life, but the Lord sustained her through it as she remembered that God has said, "Be still and know that I am God."
This book is a must-have! We are so thankful for the "Do Great Things for God" series!

19 Dec 2023

“Such an informative read on an unsung hero”

Such an informative read on an unsung hero

Before this book, I had never heard of Helen Roseveare, and now I am so glad I did! This is such an inspirational read. It teaches children about the importance of living out their faith and how a relationship with God produces a desire to act in our gifts.

The illustrations are lovely and my son asked a lot of questions about the events of Helen’s life. I also loved the timeline of her life at the end of the book. I plan on using this And the other “Do Great Things for God” books for homeschool.

23 Sep 2023

“Great way to teach young ones about missionaries!”

This is another wonderful addition to the “Do Great Things for God” series. We enjoy these short picture books as a way to learn about missionaries.

This series always has beautiful illustrations and this one is no exception. They take a story and make it accessible for children with an emphasis on how God works in their lives. Each book includes a real life photo and timeline of the missionary which is ever so helpful. This book also includes questions at the end and additional free resources for interacting with Helen’s story. The homeschool mom in me loves these mini lessons!

An inspiring and fun way to teach biographies to our youngsters.

11 Apr 2023

“Historical & Inspirational”

This is our first Do Great Things for God book and I need to start collecting the others! This book has beautiful and engaging pictures while sharing the true and inspirational story of Dr. Helen Roseveare! I wish that there was a bit more information as my 3 and 4 year old would have both loved to go a bit deeper into her life but still so encouraging to share with them stories of those who stayed firm in their faith, made a difference for Christ, and used their gifts to bring Him glory!

9 Apr 2023

“Inspiring and True”

I loved reading true stories of missionaries as a teenager, including the story of Helen Roseveare. I’m delighted that this book is available to inspire even younger children about her life. It honestly mixes the reality of joy, and hardship (and sometimes miracles) that come when we follow Jesus. Helen was 8 when she decided to become a missionary. I pray that this book will light a spark in other children to make that decision to serve Christ wherever he takes them.

28 Mar 2023

“Inspiration for Readers of All Ages”

Helen Roseveare: The Doctor Who Kept Going No Matter What is the latest title in the Do Great Things for God series by The Good Book Company. This lovely book details Helen Roseveare’s life as a medical missionary in Africa. She hoped to show the love of Jesus to those she cared for and decided to dedicate her life to medical missions when she was only eight years old!

God led her to Congo where she helped build a hospital, care for its patients, and share about Jesus with them. Helen herself became sick while caring for those who were ill and she even endured imprisonment at one point. Helen’s choices were often personally costly and as such, her life story in many ways reminded me of Jesus.

I’m grateful for how this book preserves Helen’s legacy and makes it easy to understand for young readers.

I received Helen Roseveare compliments of The Good Book Company in exchange for my honest review.

16 Mar 2023

“Be Still and Know that I am God”

In Helen Roseveare, Lauren Caputo-Wickham shares the story of the doctor who kept going no matter what.

This latest entry in the Do Great Things for God series is one of my favorites. As a nurse, I’m very happy to show my children how they can honor God through medical work! Roseveare’s story is especially meaningful as she uses her medical profession to do missionary work.

Be Still and Know that I am God

I was most pleased to read from the book Psalm 46:10 to my children: Be still, and know that I am God. The book says that our children can trust God when we are worried or scared, and this is something that I often tell my children as well.

The illustrations by Cecilia Messina are colorful and playful. They do a beautiful job of transporting your children into the story. I often play “doctor” with my kids, and I’m happy to use this story to show them how saints like Roseveare live out their faith.

I received a media copy of Helen Roseveare and this is my honest review.

12 Mar 2023

“A Great Addition To One of Our Favorite Series!”

As a mother to an energetic, bright young girl, I have been a long time fan of the Do Great Things For God series! This most recent release of Helen Roseveare is a fantastic addition to our beloved favorites of Betty Greene, Gladys Aylward and Fanny Crosby. These stories feature strong women of faith who serve as brave, insightful leaders and pioneers in a variety of professions that are unique and exciting to my daughter and I!

Helen’s story begins at any early age which I loved, making her story relatable to little ones. She studied hard and followed God’s call on her life, stepping out in faith to serve in the darkest parts of the Congo as a doctor and missionary. I enjoyed that this story focuses on her faith and the things she prayed for, in addition to the ways God answered her prayers. It’s inspirational and demonstrative of what faith can do!

This book shares the reality that Helen was captured and imprisoned for some time, presenting it in a way that is relevant but not scary or overwhelming for little readers. In fact, it reminds them of the Scripture that was near and dear to Helen’s heart and displays her perseverance and trust in God as her protection.

The illustrations in this hardcover, glossy book are lovely, depicting a wide range of colors, children and emotions. My daughter (4.5 years old) really loved flipping through the book on her own. When we read it together, the story was short and entertaining enough to hold her interest. It also sparked several great conversations!

I love that this collection of books features a different color on each cover, making it a fun collection to display in our daughter’s library. While the book appeals to my daughter, I think it will just as easily appeal to little boys as well and be a great addition to a church or school library and for homeschooling families!

* I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of these books from The Good Book Company and all thoughts below are my own.

12 Mar 2023

“We love this one”

My kids love this book. Its so encouraging getting to read about a lady who was a doctor and had a deep faith in God. This book is awesome for younger elementary with short attention spans, unlike many picture book biographies, the text is short and concise, and the pictures share just as much of the story as the words. This keeps my kids engaged and actively listening.

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