Mennonite Women Missionaries in Central Africa in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
Saturday, December 5, 2015
About the Author
Mirjam Rahel Scarborough (nee Meier—1957-2011) was a Swiss ‘farm girl’—yet one of considerable depth and sophistication. She was a Congregational minister, a doctor of philosophy, a co-director of the World Evangelical Alliance's International Institute for Religious Freedom, and executive editor of the International Journal for Religious Freedom. She was treasured for her ministry in the local and area Church. In 1982, she married Thomas, and they have a son Matthew, who was born in 1986. Thomas is a Congregational minister, and Matthew is pursuing doctoral research in palaeo-biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Mirjam loved cooking and entertaining. She was characterized by a peaceful, radical faith. Sadly, at the end of 2009, shortly after completing her doctorate, she was diagnosed with end-stage bone marrow cancer. Her specialist called her ‘our miracle girl,’ as she far outlived medical expectations. She said that her final year was the most fulfilled year of her life. Her memorial service was conducted by her academic supervisor Prof. John de Gruchy—who, she said, was like a father to her. In spite of her connections, she wanted all other participants in the service to be persons without note. —Thomas Scarborough.