Story number 1 for 1 Feb 2000

By February 1, 2000

Headlining today’s news, the evangelical mission community has been touched
by the Kenya Airways crash. The plane went down in the ocean Monday after taking
off from the Ivory Coast. Summer Institute of Linguistics’ Stuart Shepherd says two of
their workers, Bob and Ruth Chapman from Canada, were on the plane. “They have
not found them among the survivors, but of course, we’re guessing that the search is
going on. So, it doesn’t look very hopeful, but we can not categorically say either way
what has happened to them.” Shepherd says the Champman’s are leaders in the
organization. “Bob and Ruth were within a few months ago, were recently appointed to
this work, to head up the work of Bible translation and linguistic analysis in the
continent of Africa. So, this is a blow.” Shepherd is asking people to pray for fellow
staff members and the Chapman family as they deal with this tragic situation.

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