Young teacher to the Middle East dies after flu battle in Orlando
Jan 22, 2014
By JONI B. HANNIGAN

PACE (FBW)-A former Christian teacher to Jordan, Megan Cribbs, 25, died Jan. 21 in Orlando of complications from H1N1. She contracted the flu virus and was hospitalized while visiting relatives over the holidays.

Cribbs, a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola, was living in Houston, teaching elementary school, and taking classes through the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary distance-learning program—before her death.

Dozens of family members and friends learned of her hospitalization in early January through her Facebook account and posted updates, photos, prayers and memories of her international work as well as recollections of her character and passion for her faith.

A memorial service for Cribbs is planned for Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m., with visitation prior, at 9 a.m. Both services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 4540 Chumuckla Hwy., Pace, FL 32571, where Cribbs was raised.

After graduating from Pace High School in 2007, Cribbs earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from the University of West Florida in 2010. Following graduation, through a partnership with the church she joined during college, Hillcrest Baptist, she spent two years teaching English and other subjects in the Middle East, first at The Baptist School in Amman (Jordan), and then at Whitman Academy in Amman.

Jim Locke, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist, characterized her as a young woman who was “passionate about both the Gospel and about children,” something he said was evidenced in how she followed God’s call to the Middle East.

"A pastor is always blessed when he sees the fruitfulness of genuine faith expressed in the life of a Christ-follower. Megan Cribbs lived a life worthy of the Gospel of Christ. I was ever amazed at how such a demure, soft-spoken personality could live so boldly and courageously for Christ,” Locke said. “She represented both her Lord and her church with grace, integrity, and a fervent spirit, and Hillcrest was proud to call her one of our own.”

Finally, Locke referenced the Apostle Paul’s prayer that “’Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.’

“This was the obvious testimony the brief life of Megan Cribbs, who honored Christ both by her life as well as by her death. Though we are both shocked and saddened at Megan's death, we realize that our loss is heaven's gain,” Locke said.

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