REPORT FROM TAMALE INSTITUTE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES – GHANA
Activities have resumed in earnest after a break. Instructors and Students of Tamale Institute of Biblical Studies look refreshed. Management wishes to thank all individuals and organizations who in diverse ways made the maiden graduation ceremony successful. Our prayer is that the graduants will continuously commit themselves to the great commission.
The Institute encountered the saddest experience ever to be thought of a day after the graduation. As part of the Institute’s effort of producing self- reliant preachers, sought the services of the late Sister Avril Keoughan. She visited Tamale once every quarter with her team to teach the students on Primary Health Care. Prior to the graduation ceremony, she informed the Institute of the need to conclude her syllabus with a three – day activity. She was electicuted by a faulty water heater in the bathroom when she was bathing after her first day class activities, and died at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. She was buried at the Bomso Church premises on the 27th August, 2011.
TRIBUTE BY THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST, TAMALE.
“The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil”. (Isaiah 57:1) New International Version
Avril Keoughan was a Canadian Public Health Practitioner who worked closely with the Churches of Christ in Ghana. She started her carrier in Ghana at the Bomso Clinic. She was later engaged by the Village of Hope. She finally came to settle in Kumasi where she worked with the Bomso Clinic. Her vocation as public health practitioner took her to several towns and villages in the north. Especially in Yendi and its surrounding villages where together with the Yendi church set up a clinic in Yendi and gave health care to the people there. Together with Sister Johnson and Brother Bob Williams all deceased, Tamale Church was assisted to establish a Clinic at Cheshagu in the Tolon- Kunbungu District in the early 90s.
When the Tamale Institute of Biblical studies (TIBS) was established two years ago she was invited to teach the trainee preachers in public health. The rationale for the above was to enable them get some vocation as a supplement to the preaching work, an offer she accepted with enthusiasm and since then has been visiting with her team every three months to teach.
Avril Keoughan happens to be one of the resource persons invited by the Tamale Institute of Biblical Studies to its annual lectureship and maiden graduation ceremony held on 24th and 25th June 2011 respectively. In addition to the above, she was to take the graduands through their last lectures in public health and to examine them in the subject before they went to the field.
On the day of graduation, she was invited to present a prize to the well behaved student. She also took part in the thanksgiving ceremony held on 26th June 2011 to express the institute’s gratitude to the Almighty for making the graduation possible. It was at TIBS, on Monday 27th June 2011, around 9:30 pm, that she met her untimely death.
She had earlier that very Monday organized a class for her students and arranged with them so that they could take their exams the following day (Tuesday, 28 June). She was to proceed to Kumasi that very Tuesday after conducting the exams for them (the students). However, Tuesday 28th June 2011 never came to meet her alive.
She was going to take her bath that fateful Monday night after watching a television program on CBS that she was electrocuted by a faulty wall heater and died when she was being rushed to the hospital. True therefore goes the saying that we know where we were born but not where we shall die. Yes, she was born in Canada but ended her life in Tamale, Ghana.
At age 62 the normal expectation was that she still had some meaningful years to live on this earth. Nevertheless, things did not happen the way we thought. We loved and cherished her dearly for her immense contribution to the church and TIBS and wished she stayed a bit longer to teach the subsequent trainee preachers their lessons in public health. But our expectations have been shattered at our feet. We really did not understand why things happened this way, but the Almighty knows best and it is his will that must prevail.
At this moment we are at the crossroads ready to part company with her since her physical body will soon be lowered into the grave and today will be the last day we shall be setting eyes on her. However, we still nurture the hope that we shall meet one day in Heaven where the saints will forever be comforted.
Avril! (Farewell in Dagbani)Ti chepsi- a
Avril! Damrifua Due.