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Jibla workers turn to each other, community to ease pain of murders

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People at the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen, turned to each other and the local community to ease the pain of losing friends and loved ones after a gunman killed three of their coworkers Dec. 30.
      JIBLA, Yemen (BP)--Southern Baptist medical workers at the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen, turned to each other and the local community to ease the pain of losing friends and loved ones after a gunman killed three of their coworkers Dec. 30.       God's spirit has worked in a powerful way, replacing chaos with peace and drawing people together, International Mission Board workers say.       "The gunman has caused so much pain," said Lee Hixon, the hospital's assistant administrator, "but there is no panic here. It's hard for some people to understand, but there is peace, not fear here."

Murdered workers victorious even in death, Rankin says

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Even as they grieve for three Southern Baptist workers killed in Jibla, Yemen, Christians can rejoice in the victory they won with their lives, International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin said during a Jan. 10 memorial service at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.

Early on, Martha Myers’ selflessness was evident, family members recount

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP)--Ask the family of slain Southern Baptist missionary Martha Myers to describe her life, and they will say she was one of the most selfless and loving people you could ever meet. They also will say that her ministry began long before she ever encountered the people of Yemen.

Yemeni government appoints administrator to complete transition at Jibla hospital

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--The Dec. 30 shootings at the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen, disrupted an already complicated process of turning over responsibility for the facility to a nonreligious Yemeni charity, two Southern Baptist missionary leaders explained Jan. 9.

Family’s pastor says Martha Myers ‘stayed on God’s course’ in Yemen

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Rick Evans, pastor of Dalraida Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., said in a Jan. 4 eulogy that physician Martha Myers, slain Dec. 30 in Yemen, "was a victorious Christian and was obedient until death." Dalraida is the home church of the Myers family. Photo by Erin Webster
   MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP)--When Rick Evans sat down to his computer in the dawning moments of Dec. 30, he never anticipated how his world would change.    Evans, pastor of Dalraida Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., frequently checks the latest news on the Internet before going to bed each night.    On Dec. 30, however, he never made it to bed.    "It was about 1:30 a.m. ... when I saw the story," said Evans, a trustee of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Reports said American aid workers were murdered in Yemen. Anticipating these might be Southern Baptist personnel -- even one of his church members -- Evans immediately contacted the International Mission Board (IMB).      His fears were realized when he found IMB officials working frantically to make sense of what had just happened. Evans learned that three Southern Baptist personnel were killed when a lone gunman attacked the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen. Among the three was the name he hoped desperately not to hear: Martha Myers, a member of Dalraida Baptist Church since she was 12 years old.

Yemen slayings have opened door for God’s love, surgeon says

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Judy Williams was working in the surgical area at the Jibla Baptist Hospital in Yemen when she heard that there had been gunshots.

Slain hospital worker Kathy Gariety touched lives, family & friends say

GREENFIELD, Wis. (BP)--Tears welled up, but so did smiles and laughter as hundreds gathered Jan. 6 at Layton Avenue Baptist Church in Greenfield, Wis., to remember their beloved missionary friend, Kathy Gariety.

Yemen worker recovering well, joking with wife, doctor says

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Don Caswell, the International Mission Board worker who survived the Dec. 30 shootings at the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen, is resting with his family and expected to recover fully from his injuries, reported Judy Williams, his attending physician.

Physician Martha Myers’ life ‘exemplified Jesus Christ’

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Pamela Lockett of Montgomery, Ala., looks at a table filled with souvenirs from Yemen and pictures of Martha Myers following a Jan. 4 memorial service at Dalraida Baptist Church, Montgomery, Myers' home church. Photo by Erin Webster, The Alabama Baptist
     MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP)--More than 1,200 people celebrated the life of physician Martha Myers, an Alabama Baptist who devoted her career to Southern Baptist medical work in Yemen, during a Jan. 4 memorial service at Dalraida Baptist Church in Montgomery.      Throughout the celebration, Myers' selfless ways and servant mindset surfaced again and again.      "Martha was a victorious Christian and was obedient until death," said Rick Evans, pastor of Dalraida, Myers' home church.

Hospital administrator/toy maker’s life honored by family, friends, SBC leaders

BURLESON, Texas (BP)--For hours Bill Koehn sat at his workbench, carefully fashioning scraps of wood into toys for the children of Yemen.