Celebrating Aunty Pam

By Amy Townsend, Co-Director, South Africa Dream Centre
(July 19, 2019)

ER’s Amy Townsend shares a heart-felt tribute to Pam Keightley, AKA “Aunty Pam” to thousands of children she poured into at God’s Little Lighthouse (GLL). Pam died in her sleep.

It’s a sad day! But heaven is rejoicing that Aunty Pam has arrived. She will be greatly missed. She walked through the journey with us as we figured out how to start the South Africa Dream Centre. She helped us make big decisions. Mostly she was a great encourager and friend. The kids at the Dream Centre (and hundreds more) have been blessed to be served by her.

Aunty Pam spent her life in service to the littlest ones of this world, teaching them their worth, loving them, and filling their bellies. Her legacy of GLL will continue to shine in her absence. Together, we must work diligently for her legacy to continue.

Pam’s family met recently with the GLL teachers and invited us to join them.  The gathering started with a wonderful reminder of Pam’s vision for GLL. Each staff member was given an opportunity to share memories of Pam. We all cried and laughed and cried some more.

Going forward the family recognizes it is a huge endeavor to continue Pam’s work. ER plans to continue walking this journey with them and support their decisions. Most of the kids who attend the Dream Centre today previously attended GLL.

Some of you have asked about donating to a memorial fund. If you would like to give to the Pam Keightley Memorial Fund, click here and designate your gift “In Memory of Pam.” The family is considering options for the donations, but is leaning toward a scholarship program for children.