I've just heard the terrible news that the person killed in the bomb attack in Jerusalem yesterday was one of the missionaries we've partnered with for many years, Mary Gardner, who served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Togo. Mary was studying at the Hebrew University. Please pray for her parents, Tony and Jean, in their loss.
We had a wonderful time with Mary when she was back on furlough in 2009. I was privileged to be involved in her debrief with Wycliffe and many folk got to know her better. She was a quiet and faithful servant of the Lord. Words fail me at the moment, save for the following:
"1 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance" 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
May Mary rest in peace and rise in glory.