Missionary Charles Wesco And Family (Photo: Facebook)

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Nov 01, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

US Missionary, Father Of 8 Shot And Killed In Front Of Family In Cameroon

Charles Wesco, an American missionary and father of eight, was killed on Tuesday amid increasing violence between Cameroon's English-speaking and French-speaking communities.

Wesco, 44, was heading to a local store with his wife, Stephanie, one of his children, and a fellow missionary when a spray of bullets hit him through his car's windshield. Wesco was rushed to a hospital in the city of Bamenda, but was pronounced dead on arrival, according to the Washington Post.

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.”



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