In Loving Memory of Patricia Clark

04/20/17

On February 9, Patricia Clark, mother of COTN Founder Chris Clark and long-time missionary for Children of the Nations, passed away in Malawi. 

Patricia—or Pat to her friends—is remembered as a loving mother, artist, writer, teacher, and follower of Christ. “One of the reasons that God put the children of the world who have no mothers in my life was because I have a good mom,” Chris says.

At age 20, Pat began serving as a missionary in Japan. She continued to serve as a missionary alongside her husband Bill in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Malawi, and the US. She and Bill were instrumental in starting Children of the Nations in Malawi.

The Clark family in 1967. Clockwise from top-left: Bill Jr., Pat, Bill Sr., Chris, Pam, and Michelle.

After Bill passed away in 2001, Pat moved back to Malawi and spent the remainder of her life teaching at African Bible College and COTN’s International Christian Academy. She also led a Bible study for more than 80 women from a village near her home.

Pat was lovingly known in Malawi as Agogo, meaning “grandmother.” She treated each of COTN’s children as her own grandchildren. Two COTN alumni in Malawi, Fyness and Doris, helped care for Pat in the last four years of her life.

“One of the reasons that God put the children of the world who have no mothers in my life was because I have a good mom,” says COTN Founder Chris Clark.

To celebrate her life, COTN children, alumni, and staff organized a service at the African Bible College gym in Lilongwe, Malawi. A second service was held April 2 at Island Lake Camp in Poulsbo, Washington. Thank you to everyone who sent condolences and prayers for the Clark family and COTN. 

We are so grateful for Pat and her strong, bright example of a life committed to serving Christ and others.