Helga Sarkar was not supposed to live. Her mother, in a panic at the end of the second world war, fearing for her safety and the safety of her two year old daughter, left a note for her husband, who would not be able to return home for another ten days, and turned the gas on in the kitchen. Johanna died sitting at her kitchen table.
Helga was in her crib in another room, which is where she was found, alive and well, and wondering where her Mutti was.
Her father, though, in many ways never recovered from years of trauma in the war and the tragic loss of the woman he loved and to whom he was finally returning. His relationship with his eldest daughter was forever strained.
Helga’s father remarried, but he and his pregnant wife escaped East Germany, leaving Helga with her grand parents. When Helga was able to join her father, he sent her off to boarding school. Cast aside, rejected, unwanted, feeling unloved, Helga faced growing up solo.
Never fitting in and never feeling accepted became the entire fabric of Helga’s life. With one major exception. Her faith in God. Jesus is her all in all.
Helga became a pediatric nurse, and she emigrated to Canada, alone, in 1965. Her relationship with her father never improved.
The years in Canada have been an endless journey with God and His provision through The Goodness of Strangers.
Helga marks a milestone this year. She turns 70 on June 14th. She wanted her memoir written and published by then and she has done it.
This one will warm your heart and inspire you.
More photos below the links.
If you live in Stratford ON you can pick up a copy at Gospel Lighthouse.
Or contact Helga directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Available in paperback from Amazon.ca
Will be out for Kindle in the future.