Darlene Rose | I Will Never Leave Thee

Darlene Deibler Rose was a Christian missionary in Papua New Guinea during and after World War II. Darlene Deibler was the first American woman to enter the Baliem Valley of New Guinea, working there with her first husband Rev. Russell C. Deibler. When war broke out, the Deiblers were sent to separate prison camps. Her husband died at Pare Pare, but Darlene survived for four years in a camp for women at Kampili. Her experience is documented in the autobiographical Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in a Japanese Prison Camp During WWII (Harper & Row, 1988). After the war Darlene married Jerry Rose and resumed missionary work in New Guinea. After nearly thirty years in New Guinea, they relocated to the Australian outback. She died on February 24, 2004