Mama Baker was the wife of the Late Dr. Earl DeWitt Baker, the founding father of our beloved Centennial Secondary School. Some of us might not have been privileged to meet them in person but I am sure we are aware of the tremendous sacrifice they made for us. I say for us, because we as old students of the Centennial may not be where we are today if that school was not established in that region.
As I have observed over time and I am sure you can all agree with me, we have all enjoyed the benefits of the current CeOSA WhatsApp forum. On behalf of the Board members of CeOSA North America, I am now imploring all old Centennial students in North America to use this medium and any other social media forum at your disposal to encourage others to join us in honoring Mama Baker by showing up at her funeral service in Huntington, Indiana this weekend. Whether you are a viable member of CeOSA or not I believe it behooves us all to show our gratitude, love, and respect for The Baker family, for the indelible mark they made on our lives through their sacrifice. Because they created an opportunity for us, we are now able to help our own family members. (Food for thought – become a viable member of CeOSA to help others continue the Baker legacy by helping the future generation. Many years you and I were the future generations Dr. & Mama Baker saw in spirit and helped. The scripture tells us “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (KJV).
We appreciate the kind words posted on the forum but if you are in North America, please put those words into action. Remember the old adage “action speaks louder than words”. I am sure we will be reading tributes posted on the forum in the coming days, please don’t just post drive to Indiana and honor Mama Baker and the legacy of the Baker Family.
If you participated in the 2016 Maryland convention you would know that the love the late Dr. & Mama Baker had for Centennial and for us continues. Their Son Dr. Ron Baker paid his $200.00 convention fees to participate in the convention. His presence was greatly appreciated. Since the convention, he has made a trip with other colleagues to Mattru as he promised. It was not a leisure trip, but one born out of love for us and the younger generation coming up, it is his hope to be able to render some of the same help and opportunities he was able to accord some of us during his tenure as a medical doctor in years passed. Some of you have acknowledged it on this forum as you post fond memories of his days at the Mattru hospital.
One good turn deserves another; reciprocate the love this family has shown us all. Come to Indiana and let the people of Huntington see the fruits the labor of the Baker Family has borne. In addition to the services they rendered in Sierra Leone, Dr. E. DeWitt Baker served as President of Huntington College, now Huntington University the venue for our CeOSA convention 2017. I am sure the university is going to honor her and it will also be an opportunity for us to visit the venue before the convention. We are now considered part of the Baker Family, this was part of God’s sovereign plan before the foundations of the earth was laid and I perceive we are all bound together by the love this family has shown us before they even knew us, this is the true love of Christ,
PLEASE LET US RECIPROCATE THAT LOVE.
Comfort Macauley-Kabay (1358) CeOSA North America Secretary General.