Karen Phillips loved the people she worked with in Africa. She was in Gabon to help farmers to better market their produce and teach English at a local school.
“Africans are kind, intelligent, amusing and warm people who are taking very good care of your Sister here in Gabon. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Ma dzing wah! (I love you all),” she wrote in a letter to her family.
My good friend Karen Phillips I and 3 others landed in Gabon in 1998 We were the first marketing volunteers to serve there. I suffered daily hysteria after her death and it took me years to get over it. If I ever did, because even now it brings tears to my eyes. Because we were so close and she shared her life with me. It was very painful to know someone like her with such a sincere heart and reason for being there to have died for that cause. But she shared with me that she had never felt the kind of happiness that she felt in Gabon. So I feel maybe it was a purpose to the madness. In my heart Karen will remain forever. I loved her for the person whom I had the gift to know she was. She was an amazing kind and loving spirit that walked this earth!!