We have some very sad news to share with the CAM family …
It was a devastating blow to lose our dear brother and CAM partner Bahati Masuka on 4 November 2019, in a car crash. He was a Tanzanian British citizen who was preparing to launch his Leadership Academy for church leaders in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in a few months’ time. He was a student at Mattersey Bible College some years ago, while Dave Garrard was a senior lecturer there, and through this connection he became known to CAM.
Bahati, aged 45, had been at his home in York for the weekend with his wife Miriam and two children. Late on Sunday night, 3 November, he set off to drive back to Edinburgh, where he worked during the week. At about 2am, he was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle and died instantly.
The funeral was delayed so that relatives from Tanzania could attend. It was held in York on 2 December. Over 200 filled the cemetery chapel for a ‘truly African’ memorial service, with the Tanzanian mourners singing songs in Swahili. CAM’s Director Dave Garrard represented the Mission at the service, sharing some personal memories.
Apparently, just a few weeks before he died, Bahati had preached at a Preston church on the uncertainty of life, quoting Psalm 90:12, ‘Teach us to number our days…’ The loss of such a person in the prime of life, with so much potential and exciting plans, makes us realise afresh our own frailty and that we could be ‘called home’ at any time.
Pray for God to comfort and sustain Bahati’s family and wide circle of friends as they work through their grief. May they know God’s peace and be reassured that He can turn even these tragic events into good in His time.