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Missionary Joseph Ragan dies at 57

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Joseph Melton Ragan III, an International Mission Board missionary who shared the Gospel among European Affinity peoples, died July 4, 2020. He was 57. Ragan's love for Jesus and the desire to make Him known prompted him to leave Texas and move to Ukraine on February 21, 1994. He spent three years ministering mostly in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine; living off his savings, support from his home church and friends, before he was appointed with the IMB. In his blog Ragan said, "It was a journey that took almost 1 ½ years for me to get to the point of moving to Lugansk, but once I arrived, it didn't take me long to know this is where God wanted me. I absolutely love living in this part of the world."