December 30, 2002, 3:17 pm
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December 30, 2002

YEMEN. Three of our IMB personnel were killed and another wounded on Monday, Dec. 30, when a lone gunman attacked a Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen. Hospital administrator Bill Koehn, purchasing agent Kathy Gariety, and physician Martha Myers were killed and pharmacist Don Caswell was injured in the early morning attack. A 35-year-old man surrendered to hospital security personnel and was taken into custody. “We are devastated by this news,” said board spokesman Larry Cox. “We are moving quickly to assist family members. We’re grateful God spared the lives of others and pray that His spirit will meet the needs of everyone touched by this crisis.” As news of the attack spread, the streets outside were filled with local residents, said Kaye Rock, another Southern Baptist worker at the hospital. “People here loved these people so much,” Rock said. The murders won’t deter Americans at the hospital from their ministry, Rock said. “We can’t let someone with a gun make us afraid to do what God wants us to do. We’re asking people to pray that these deaths will not be a senseless waste, but that God will complete all He has intended here and that He will be glorified.”

Thank you so much for being on call and instantly responsive to this need and all urgent prayer requests.


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