Two missionaries gunned down Uganda

By March 22, 2004

Uganda (MNN) — It’s been a deadly seven days for missionaries abroad. Four Christians were gunned down last week in Iraq and two more in Uganda. Warren and Donna Pett, American missionaries with Africa Inland Mission were killed in Uganda.

Africa Inland Mission’s Paul Gazan says the Petts were teaching on the large compound of the Esther Evangelistic School of Technology, near Yumbe, when they were attacked. “The Petts were returning home. They are teachers at a technical school in northern Uganda. They were returning home with some of their students and fellow teachers who were Ugandans. When they were attacked by a group of thugs and killed,” says Gazan. He says another student was killed and another was wounded.

According to police reports seven armed and uniformed men entered the premises of the school near Yumbe. U-S Embassy officials say the situation is being investigated, but no arrests have been made.

The question is, will Africa Inland Mission continue their work there? Gazan says, “Those are questions that we’ll have to really investigate and answer at a later time. We do have other missionaries in the area and we have to be very concerned for their safety.”

AIM is involved in agricultural training and medical outreach. Gazan says this area of Uganda was somewhat closed to the Gospel. “The areas where they were working,” says Gazan, “was a folk Islamic area and was more hardened to the Gospel,” and Christians weren’t welcomed.

Continue to pray for safety of missionary workers who are living there. Pray too that even more people will come to Christ as a result of this tragedy.

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