YWAM co-founder ‘reeling’ from demise of missionaries in bus crash

YWAM co-founder ‘reeling’ from demise of missionaries in bus crash

A street accident that occurred within the Ngaramtoni suburb of Arusha, northern Tanzania, led to the deaths of at the very least 15 individuals, together with three foreigners. Twelve others had been critically injured within the accident involving 4 automobiles on February, 24, 2024.(Photo: YouTube/Wasafi Media)

(CP) Youth With a Mission elder, Darlene Cunningham, who co-founded the interdenominational Christian coaching group along with her late-husband Loren Cunningham in 1960, stated the 11 missionaries killed and eight others injured in a grisly crash close to Arusha, Tanzania, on Saturday, is a historic loss for the ministry and tears are falling all over the world over the occasion.

“In nowadays, tears are being poured out the world over by people, households and YWAMers worldwide. I’m personally reeling from the burden of this information, as I knew and liked many of those people personally. But I’m leaning into the character of God for what I do know to be true about who He is!” stated Cunningham.

The missionaries had been members in a University of the Nations Executive Masters course intensive primarily based in Arusha and had traveled to Maasai land in two buses the place they noticed the ministry’s “thriving neighborhood improvement program,” she stated.

“They had an excellent day collectively,” Cunningham recalled.

Video shared on-line from one of many buses because the group traveled to Maasai land exhibits members singing “This Is The Day the Lord Has Made.”

Tragedy disrupted the success of the journey on their approach again to Arusha, nevertheless, when a truck that “had misplaced its brakes smashed into our 2nd bus, actually crushing it from prime to backside,” Cunningham stated.

“Eleven of our beloved buddies had been killed and eight others are severely wounded, battling for his or her lives. We haven’t seen a tragedy of this magnitude in all of YWAM’s historical past and we’re all devastated,” she stated.

“Not solely have husbands and wives, buddies and associates been misplaced, but additionally YWAM ministry leaders. The people concerned in operating the Executive Masters had been key YWAM leaders within the area — some main flourishing YWAM bases; others giving management within the area of schooling and different spheres; others ministering in restricted-access areas the place nobody else would dare to go — and seeing the hand of God upon their ministries in superb methods,” she stated.

“The college students drawn to the Executive Masters had been the identical caliber of individuals — life-long dedicated YWAM missionary pioneers. So their deaths create a large vacuum on this a part of the world for YWAM as a missionary motion.”

Cunningham’s assertion comes as prayers continued to go up for the victims of the crash and the ministry.

Missionary and activist Sean Feucht was among the many first outdoors the East African nation to publicize the crash Saturday in an appeal for prayers on X.

“Please pray for the households, family members and people presently injured and in crucial situation proper now!” Feucht stated in an enchantment to his followers.

YWAM beforehand launched solely partial names of the 11 missionaries killed and others injured on-line for safety causes. The dead had been famous as: Claire M., Zabulon T., Emmanuel D., Vicent Okay., John M., Blaise G., Ime E., Andrew D., Chimene D., Lova R., and Lordienne N.

The injured had been listed as: Mathurin B. and Joelle Z. are in crucial situation, and Paul Dav., Isaac B., Janet F., Cyrille A., Benjamin N., and Paulo M.

Isaac B. has since been launched from hospital to return dwelling.

Despite the ministry sharing solely partial names of the victims, their members of the family and buddies, like Gracelynn Mataia of Kansas City, Missouri, have been publicly offering images of their full portraits on-line.

Mataia stated her father, Paulo Mataia, who’s proven singing in video, was touring within the second of the 2 buses. He survived the crash however his spouse, Claire, to whom he had been married for lower than a yr, didn’t.

“Yesterday we obtained phrase that Claire, beloved spouse to our Dad, has gone to be with Jesus. Claire was a long-time YWAMer and proud Kansan, who served as a teacher throughout Africa and the Middle East. And when she married our father in May of final yr, her coronary heart for our individuals within the Pacific was one which was crammed with each day prayers. We don’t have any phrases that may describe such a loss to our household, so please proceed to hope for us in addition to our Kueffer Ohana.”

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