Helen’s family fled Ukraine during WWII. Her father was killed on active duty, and Helen, her mother, and siblings became refugees. The family spent 3 years in Austria and one year in Germany after the war ended. In 1949, when Helen was 13, they immigrated to Canada. Helen received a diploma from Briercrest Bible College, Caronport, Sask., and an RN degree from the Vancouver General School of Nursing. She married Bill Lescheid June 1962, and the couple had 5 children. After a 4-year missionary term in Kenya, the family settled in Abbotsford, B.C., where Bill taught high school and Helen nursed part time. Helen enjoyed reading, teaching Bible, speaking, gardening, entertaining, and writing. She published hundreds of articles in magazines such as Reader’s Digest and Guideposts. Her books include Lead, Kindly Light (her mother’s biography); Treasures of Darkness; To Stand on Mountains: He Raised Me Up; Prayer: When Answers Aren’t Enough; and Wonder.