“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants” – Psalms 116:15. It was with sadness that we received the news of the passings of Bettie Pearson and Dr. Victor Burdick, two members of the Seventh Day Baptist family of believers who made significant contribution for several years of African missions ministry in Malawi.
Bettie Pearson and her husband David were called to the missions field in 1954. The field they were called to was Nyasaland. When they left the missions field for the final time in 2001 Nyasaland was renamed Malawi. Bettie served as teacher in the missions school and as medical administrator in the clinics. Both of their daughters were born and raised in Malawi. She authored two books from her experiences in Malawi: “A Hundredfold… Memoirs of Missionary Life in Africa” and “Object Lessons from African Life”.
Dr. Victor Burdick arrived in Nyasaland/Malawi in 1957, as a medical Missionary. There he worked with Joan Clement and Beth Severe, nurses who had gone to help start the clinic at Makapwa. Interestingly, before the Pearsons left on their first furlough, David officiated the wedding of Dr. Vic and his bride Beth. Their three children were born in Malawi. While in Malawi, Dr. Vic worked not only in the Medical Clinic, but also taught in the Bible School.
The Board of Managers and staff of the SDB Missionary Society salute these two missionary pioneers and express deepest sympathies to the bereaved families and loved ones. We thank them for a legacy upon which we can build and we pray for renewed spirits to rescue the lost around the world – “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and country, he can rest in peace….”
– Nelson Mandela
~ Garfield Miller, Missions Coordinator, Jamaica