A Passion to Serve: Meet Rosemary!

Over the years, we have had international interns from many countries, including Canada, Romania, Germany, Uganda and Mexico.  We are thankful for these opportunities to train women from around the world in knowing and ministering God’s Word to others through biblical counseling.  In July, the Lord sent us two international interns.  Hear from Rosemary today and learn how the Lord brought her from the other side of the world to serve and grow at VOH.

My name is Rosemary Okpo. I am from Arochukwu in Abia State, Nigeria.  I am a teacher by profession. Before VOH, I was teaching. I’ve taught in two different schools, one of which was Presbyterian Nursery & Primary School. I was also a children’s teacher in my local church.  My love for teaching children led me into establishing a pre-school known as “Our Lord Cares School.”  The school’s intention was to inculcate godliness and contentment in children before their primary school age.  I have also led a group of women known as (WM) and girls popularly call “Missionette” in my local church.

 I have been a religious person for a long period of time. Having been born into a Christian family, I sang in choir, worked in the Sunday school, and attended different church programs. I was also baptized but I did not know Jesus. I encountered the Lord personally when my group of women were practicing for evangelism outreach. That was the time I deliberately invited Christ into my life. Thereafter, I felt peace like a river and my life dramatically changed for better.

 How did you hear about the VOH internship? Why were you interested in coming here to serve for a year?

Actually I was introduced to VOH by my husband who happened to learn about VOH through online.  After a careful consideration of my passion in helping vulnerable women and young girls, he decided to sponsor me to come to VOH.

 Why were you interested in coming to VOH to serve for a year?

What interested me into coming to serve was the fact that VOH offers opportunities and hope through biblical counseling to women with such challenges as unplanned pregnancies, drug and alcoholism, suicide thoughts, self-harm, eating disorders, and depression.

Having been spurred by the testimonies of the past graduated residents, I’m excited to learn and also to witness the transforming power of biblical counseling over the life of the present residents.

 If we had a fun themed day at VOH, what would you want the theme to be and why?

If we had a fun themed day at VOH, I would like the theme to be “Tales by Moon Light” because we would sit in a circle and tell interesting stories.

We are blessed to have Rosemary learning and serving here and are excited for future ministry opportunities she will have in her home church and community in Nigeria!

Jennifer Cantu
Jennifer Cantu works as a counselor and Shift Supervisor at Vision of Hope. She received her biblical counseling certification from ACBC in 2014. In addition to working at VOH, Jennifer counsels women through Faith Church’s counseling ministry. She is very thankful for ministry opportunities to help, teach and encourage women with God's Word.