Gunhild Rott

I took some students this morning to Kola Baptist Church, in one of the townships near Ndola. I was preaching and the students were also involved with the service. We hadn’t realised beforehand that the church was also using this morning to hold a memorial for a previous German missionary.

Gunhild Rott came to Zambia in 1988 with Liebenzell mission and served the Zambian Baptist Association. Incidentally, the principal of Fiwale Bible College is also a Liebenzell missionary, as are some of my friends in Ndola. Gunhild visited Kola Baptist Church to share with the women there but as she was leaving she was shot and killed by men who stole her vehicle. This morning we heard a number of stories about her service and tireless work among the Lamba people, but perhaps most significant was what happened after her death.

Some of the thieves were caught and sentenced to prison, where they were saved and became disciples of Christ. They were later pardoned by the President and released, and began to plant churches, which are now in many countries all over sub-Saharan Africa!

As we stood around the grave, which is unmarked as they can’t afford a stone, it shed new light on the verse:

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24)

I know it’s unlikely that you will ever have heard of Gunhild, but the story is worth sharing!

10 thoughts on “Gunhild Rott

  1. Hi Tim

    So often you hear or read stories about missionaries who have given their lives for Jesus abroad but then amazing things happen… and they’re dancing with angels too. Thank you for that one Tim.

    I was intending to mail you today Tim to say happy anniversary! One year in Zambia! ! ! Wow congratulations!

    Lots of love

    Karen xx

    Sent from Windows Mail

  2. Dear Tim – great to hear from you again. Your report brought back many happy memories of times in the 1980’s when a lot of the Christian students we had stay with us were from the Liebenzell Mission. (They came through the Christian Language School in B’th) God bless – love from Tony & Margaret.


    1. Thanks so much, yeah it’s amazing what a small world it is! I wonder if you’d know any of the missionaries still here, although I think most of the Zambian Liebenzell team have not been here that long!

      Many blessings

  3. Hi Tim – thanks for sharing that. We remember Gunhild and her tragic death when we were out in Zambia at Mpongwe in that era but didnt know the rest of the story which shows the truth of that verse “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Good worked out of a tragedy!
    Look forward to seeing you in May
    Love from us all here
    Ant and Lizzie

  4. What an amazing story, Tim. Thanks for sharing. Seems ages since you left, but you are not forgotten. Many blessings to you. Sandy Woo

  5. My name is Elijah Mwitanti and I was born and raised in Zambia but currently pastor a Lutheran Church in USA. The day before Gunhild was killed, I and one of the ladies then serving in the Zambia Baptist Association, had traveled with her to the neighboring town of Luanshya where she conducted a Bible class for women. Her sense of godliness was impossible to miss and I have never met a person more ready for heaven than Gunhild was.

    1. Hi Elijah,
      Thanks so much for sharing. I had never met Gunhild but her influence is obviously still strong. “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” Many blessings for your ministry.

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