Janet Randolph had been to Africa more than 45 years ago, doing mission work in Zimbabwe.
The former Tennessee Bible College student and benefactor passed away in 2017, but a part of her returned this past summer to that faraway country – her Bible.
“She left her personal library to TBC,” David Hill, TBC president, said. “We were going through those materials and found passports to all the places she’d gone in the world to do mission work. She’d been to a number of places, and one of those places, which we thought was so very ironic, was Zimbabwe.”
“She was the best personal worker I’ve ever known,” Duke said. “Any opportunity she had to invite somebody to church or to talk to them about the Bible, she used it. If she was going to a doctor’s appointment, she’d talk to people about the Bible. If she was grocery shopping, she would ask people if they went to church. That’s what I remember about Janet more than anything.”
The recipient, Dennis (his English name) Ncube, was pleased with the gift, which had been given to him at a graduation ceremony attended by family, friends and neighbors. Ncube earned a two-year preaching diploma. Now he is working toward a bachelor’s degree in religious education.
“The power of the Gospel is not in us,” he said. “The power of the Gospel is in the Word itself, and that’s God’s power to save (Romans 1:16). It’s fascinating to think about her Bible — that it contains just as much power today as it did when she was over there (in Zimbabwe). And you think about who might be led to Christ from her Bible.”