Volunteer Robert Finck killed on Zambia mission trip

By August 11, 2010

Zambia (MNN) — A ministry volunteer from the Fellowship Community Church of Salem, Virginia was killed in Zambia two days ago.

International Mission Board reports that Robert Finck was visiting Zambia with a team from his church. Finck was involved with mission work in Zambia from a distance and was very passionate about ministry there. He had already been to the country twice before this trip.

On his third day in Africa, Finck began complaining of severe kidney stone pain. An IMB missionary and another church team leader offered to take Finck to the hospital. While traveling the winding roads of Kafue National Park, the truck transporting the three went off the road. Finck was thrown from the vehicle.

The accident occurred at 2 a.m. in a remote area of the park. The IMB missionary in the group went up and down the road looking for help until she finally flagged down a driver who could take her to an area where she had cell phone coverage. Meanwhile, Finck died at the scene of the crash.

The IMB missionary and the other volunteer accompanying Finck are safe but left the accident with bruises and scrapes.

Finck leaves behind a wife and three children, ages 10, 16, and 21. Pray for their healing and protection as they mourn the loss of their husband and father who loved the Lord and loved to spread His name. Pray also for the healing of the IMB missionary and volunteer who witnessed Finck's terrifying death.

The trip to Zambia had proven to be a promising one. In the three days that Finck was there, his team had already watched three people make decisions to follow Christ. Pray that the work Finck was so passionate about would continue.

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