Doctor Helen Roseveare, affectionately called “Mama Luka,” pioneered vital medical work in the rainforests of the Belgian Congo—now Zaire. After the Belgian Congo achieved independence in 1964, the Simba Rebellion ravaged the country. The rebels beat, raped and imprisoned Helen, who was caught up in the horror of the revolution. “Mama Luka Comes Home” vividly tells Helen’s story of forgiveness and faithfulness to those she came to serve. This is a story of love overcoming hatred, brutality, and racial prejudice.
In this documentary, Dr. Roseveare returns to Zaire. Her friends, who were with her through the troubled times of the country, welcome her back. In 1960, this country, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, got its independence, but the rebels tried to take it back.Mama Luka tells her story as she revisits the countryside. This documentary is a tale of her joys and sadness in living, helping and teaching the people there. She also recalls the terrible time of attacks, rapes and murders that the rebels committed during that time. Through it all, she knew that God loved her and had a purpose for her and would help her through the worse of times. This film tells the wonderful life story of this courageous, faithful woman. Her story is uplifting but also heartbreaking at times. We award “Mama Luka Comes Home” the Dove Faith Friendly Seal for 12+.