Tutu pays tribute following death at 98 of retired missionary Joan Antcliff
A retired British missionary Joan Antcliff, praised by Archbishop Desmond Tutu or her work training teachers and working with the church during Mozambique’s war for independence, has died aged 98.
Paying tribute Archbishop Tutu wrote: “We owe immense debt to the intrepid women and men such as Joan Antcliff.” He added that the “riveting account of her work in Mozambique deserves a large audience.” Joan’s was indeed an inspiring story.
She originally headed for Africa in 1951 after serving with the British Land Army in World War II leading an Anglican Mission teaching hundreds of pupils and and training teachers.
She remained in Mozambique for ten years during the desperate fight for freedom and later wrote of her experiences in the book Living in the Spirit. It would take until 1992 for peace to come to Mozambique.
Joan Antcliff returned to the UK during the 1970s and became head of religious education at a grammar school near her home in Devon. She also edited Manna magazine for a charity working with African diocese and was director of the Southern African Church Development Trust.
In 1976 she was awarded the MBE for services to education and work overseas.