She and Elmer (Tim's Dad - Joseph Elmer Rabe, went by Elmer because his dad was Joe and so was a family dog) married in their 30's - went to France to study French and then went on a cargo ship to Senegal West Africa.
They were the first missionaries with NTM to go to Senegal. They worked closely with British missionaries and when Tim's older siblings went to school they went to the British mission school. Jean has recordings of them reciting Bible verses and singing songs and they have Scottish accents! So sweet.
Here is a Christmas photo from Senegal - Esther, the oldest, and Joey were born in Senegal and Dan was born on their first furlough. Dan looks about 3 or 4 here. This photo would have been taken about 2 1/2 years after they lost their fourth child, David age 4 months, due to complications from malaria. It was a very sad time.
Virginia was born in December of 1963. Here she is three months old.
Tim was born on their next furlough in 1965. Here is a photograph that was in the newspaper about them preparing to return to Senegal. I laugh when I see this photo as it looks as if Joey has his finger in Dan's ear!
This is a family photo from about 3 years later. No Joey. About a year before he was killed by a crocodile in the river while visiting a different village. No one had seen crocodiles in that area for a while so Dan and Joey were given permission to swim. Joey saw it and warned Dan who ran straight up and out of the river - for some reason Joey ran along side the bank and was killed. They found his body intact the next day. They buried Joey next to baby Davy.
This was so hard on their whole family. Tim parents decided to stay and continue the work that they felt called to. Years later, after they came to the states to work at the mission headquarters, Tim's dad died on his and Jean's 30th wedding anniversary.
My mother in law has continued to serve others, both in her home and out of her home. She is gifted in hospitality. We are blessed to have her example of God's grace, in our lives.