Sad News from Kumasi, Ghana

March 27, 2017


My friends,
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the sudden death of Maggie Addai, Superintendent of the Mampong Babies’ Home, Kumasi, Ghana. Maggie collapsed at the dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Babies’ Home. This terrible shock leaves family, friends and co-workers lost in grief and longing for God’s peace. I know you will pray for them. I know the bond we have with the Church in Ghana is strong. I know you will continue to support the babies who will never know Maggie’s love and care.


 In Proverbs we hear about the “virtuous woman.” Maggie’s spiritual and professional leadership of the Babies’ Home is echoed in this biblical description.


She opens her hand to the poor,
and reaches out her hands to the needy.

She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31: 20, 26-27

Mission to Ghana in 2016: Sue Schneider, Annie Ryder, Dindy Dalton Anderson, Bishop Sarfo, Collen Fisher, Maggie and Susan Franz.

Maggie is a saint in our time – a tireless, faith-filled servant of the Word of God. Those of you who knew her, because of your mission visits or generous fund-raising, know that she was special – that Maggie was responding to a call from God. The Rev. Annie Ryder, her mission companion and dear friend for many years, recognized that Maggie was blessed by God for this work. “I have never known anyone who was as faithful in prayer, as certain of God’s will in her life, and as generous with her time as was Maggie.  She gave all the credit for her amazing works to the Glory of God.”

Maggie with John Miller and Annie during her visit to the US in 2015.

Deacon Jane Griesbach and the Rev. Betsy Fowle on mission at the Babies’ Home.

The Rev. Betsy Fisher, Maggie and me at a welcome party hosted by Christ Trinity Church, Sheffield.

We will never forget Maggie’s work for God’s children, the depth of her faith, nor the way we felt in her presence. Today, we join the people of Kumasi as we say, “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all (Proverbs 31:29).”