Many longer standing A Rocha UK supporters will by now have heard the very sad news from A Rocha International that last month Peter and Miranda Harris, co-founders of A Rocha, and Chris Naylor, A Rocha International CEO, together with his wife Susanna, were involved in a horrific car accident in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Miranda, Chris and Susanna did not survive. Peter is undergoing treatment in a local hospital and is in a stable condition.
From the work Peter and Miranda started in Portugal in the mid-1980s has come a unique network of Christian conservation organisations in 21 countries. Chris and Susanna established the extraordinary work of A Rocha Lebanon before Chris took over the helm of A Rocha International, facilitating the growth and work of the whole network.
Our thoughts and fervent prayers are with the Harris and Naylor families at this heartbreaking time, and for the recovery of Peter Harris.
Andy Atkins, CEO, A Rocha UK said, “The whole A Rocha family is grieving. Miranda, Peter and Chris have been absolute pioneers as Christians in nature conservation. They have inspired countless people to act on the environment and integrate care for creation into their Christian lives – a message that has never been more important. And to many hundreds of people they have also been personal mentors, wise counsellors, caring friends, and close colleagues. Many many people around the world, including all of us at A Rocha UK, will feel their loss deeply – Andy Atkins, CEO, A Rocha UK.
A funeral thanksgiving service was held on 18 November to celebrate the life and faith of Chris and Susanna Naylor. For those who were unable to attend in person, a video recording of the service is now available to watch via theBurford Church website.
The Harris family will hold a service of thanksgiving for Miranda’s life at 2pm on 14 December at St Aldates Church, Oxford.
Please see here for further updates and link to the A Rocha International press release.