Wesco and his family were sent into the mission field by Believers Baptist Church in Warsaw, Indiana, only a few weeks ago. They lived in a suburb of Bamenda, which has been shaken by violent armed clashes between English-speaking minorities, who say they lack fair representation in government, and the French-speaking authorities.
Dave Halyaman, the assistant pastor of Wesco's home church, told The Washington Post that his church was “grieving greatly the murder of Charles Wesco,” but that they were also “trusting God that he has a purpose in all of this.”
Indiana’s governor, Eric Holcomb, issued a statement on the incident, offering his “prayers and condolences” to Wesco's family, including his brother Tim who serves Indiana in Congress.
“Janet and I are thinking of Rep. Tim Wesco and his family as they grieve the death of his brother Charles,” he wrote. “We ask that all Hoosiers join us in offering prayers and condolences to the Wesco family.”
“Their objective was to share the love of Christ with people in a very poor and strife-ridden country,” Rep. Tim Wesco shared with ABC News. “That was their passion, and that was their life — to share Jesus Christ.”