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 4 American Missionaries Killed in Mosul Iraq

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Four Americans researching needs for humanitarian projects in northern Iraq were killed and one was critically wounded in a drive-by shooting March 15 in Mosul. The workers were in the area under the auspices of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.

Killed were Larry T. Elliott, 60, and Jean Dover Elliott, 58, of Cary, N.C.; Karen Denise Watson, 38, of Bakersfield, Calif.; and David E. McDonnall, 29, of Rowlett, Texas. The Elliotts had served with the International Mission Board in Honduras since 1978 and transferred to the Middle East in February 2004. Watson had been with the board since March 2003, McDonnall since November of last year.

McDonnall's wife, Carrie, 26, also of Rowlett, Texas, remains in critical condition March 16.

David McDonnall died the morning of March 16 en route to a military support hospital in Baghdad. Four U.S. military surgeons had worked six hours to save his life.

IMB President Jerry Rankin said all Southern Baptists shared the sorrow and grief of the families and co-workers.

"In times like this, there are no words that will take away the pain of a loved one's violent death," Rankin said. "Everyone in the IMB family and everyone who loves Southern Baptists' overseas workers are grieving with the family members and co-workers of these precious souls.

"We are grateful that God himself comes alongside us in our deepest sorrow and comforts us in a way no one else can."

According to the IMB, the four workers died from bullet and shell fragment wounds reportedly fired by unidentified assailants wielding automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.

Before heading to the mission field the Elliotts were members of First Baptist Church in Cary, N.C. They kept close tabs with members of the church; whenever they were stateside, they stayed at First Baptist’s mission house.

Watson, meanwhile, was a member of Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, Calif.

McDonnall was a member of Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

The McDonnalls, who had met as IMB workers in the Middle East, celebrated their first wedding anniversary during a volunteer trip to Iraq last June.

The International Mission Board has mobilized its prayer network and is asking Christians everywhere to pray for the healing of the injured workers and the comforting of all the families involved.

The board is ministering to the families of the victims. A field representative has been dispatched to the injured workers, who are being treated at a U.S. military hospital.

The deaths of the Elliotts, Watson and McDonnall came barely a year after IMB missionary Bill Hyde was killed by a terrorist's bomb at the airport in Davao City, Philippines. Just 14 months ago, Southern Baptists also suffered through the deaths of three workers who were murdered by a terrorist at the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen.


Let us keep the families of these 4 missionaries in our prayers. For now, the souls of the 4 saints are now under the altar of the Lord Jesus.

Bro Blaine

 2017/3/18 17:29

 Re: 4 American Missionaries Killed in Mosul Iraq

Very sad news brother. Prayers for the family............bro Frank

 2017/3/18 23:49

Joined: 2016/11/15
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 Re: 4 American Missionaries Killed in Mosul Iraq

"Of whom the world was not worthy"
Received unto glory, four American Christians who knew their Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and have obtained the better resurrection! Glory to God in the Highest and I pray for Carrie, for her healing and trauma, may God make her a mighty warrior for Christ in the way dear Sister Elizabeth Elliot became a spokesman for her martyred husband Jim. And may this be a time of the Holy Spirit being poured out in Iraq.
In Christ,
Sis L

L Young

 2017/3/19 11:20Profile


I think we will be seeing more of these reports before everything is said and done. For as the end draws near for the soon return of Jesus, so persecution will increase. As persecution increases, Martyrdom will also increase among the saints. But then we know it will be the precious martyrs who will be reigning in the millennium to come.

Bro Blaine

 2017/3/19 11:49

Joined: 2016/11/15
Posts: 27


Extending our condolences, and prayers to the families in these incidents. As for below, I agree with it.

//I think we will be seeing more of these reports before everything is said and done. //

These brothers and sisters of ours are in the frontliners of the battlefield - in sharing the Gospel. It indeed needs our support in all matters.


 2017/3/19 20:38Profile

 Re: Correction to Article

Brothers and sisters must give a correction to the article. I was under the impression the 4 Americans missionaries were killed a few days ago. Actually they were slain back in 2004. What the article was reporting was a remembering of the 4 missionaries who were slain back in 2004. When the article was sent to me I failed to read the fine print. Thus I thought it was something that occurred recently.

I apologize. But our prayers were not in vain. These families of the slain still need our prayers. Also missionaries serving in Iraq and other places still need our prayers for protection.

I will try to be more careful on posting reports on the persecuted. I will seek to very and make sure the reports are current.

My deepest apologies.

Bro Blaine

 2017/3/20 10:34

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