Tradegy Strikes Unexpectly

Posted on July 3rd, 2014

Tragedy struck unexpectedly on Tuesday night,  June 17, as we were hosting Mark Spicer, a long time friend , his brother-in-law Mike, and nephew Nate.  We received a shocking phone call that one of our friends and the mom of one of Elise's students had died suddenly.  Later, we were to learn it was a heart attack. 

Leanne Britton was such a vibrant person.  She won countless awards for her ability to train and manage at one of the best hotels in Kasane.  She was an amazing mother to Josh and Angus and loving wife to Duncan, manager of the Safari Lodge. 

Keith and I had the opportunity to get to know Leanne well.   As a member of the Chobe River School Board, Keith worked with Leanne when she was head of the Parent-Teachers Organization.  I tutored Josh in their home and worked with him at Chobe River School as well.

Now, Duncan and the boys must adjust to life without mom.  We hope and pray they will feel free to come for counsel and comfort to us and others of the Christian faith here.    

The same week,  a dear sweet lady who had lived in Kasane since the 1950's died of cancer. Jock and her husband opened the first professional hunting business in the Chobe region when it was truly wild and Kasane consisted of a few mud huts.

Jock was truly of another era.  She carried herself like a queen and when she passed some local ladies lamented, "Ah, the queen mum is gone."  Her bright smile, keen wit, and lively conversation will be truly missed.  Jock could tell a story like a true raconteur.

The past two weeks have been filled with tears for the passing of our friends, laughter as we remember some of the great times we had with them, and reflection as we think of the meaning of their lives and ours. 

Leanne and Jock's deaths have impacted our community,  causing many to examine their lifestyles and contemplate the brevity of life.  Keith, along with Heather Carr-Hartley, performed Leanne's memorial service and assisted at Jock's, both wonderful  opportunities to share the Truth, the Life and the Way with those who don't know Him.   

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