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Keith Telg, 32, IMB worker in northern Africa, dies

LONDON (BP)–Keith Alton Telg, a representative of the International Mission Board in northern Africa, died May 3 in London.

He was hospitalized April 23 with a severe headache. The cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.

Telg, 32, and his wife, Michelle, have two sons, Kevin, 6, and Kyle, 3.

“Our hearts go out to Keith’s and Michelle’s families,” said Gordon Fort, vice president for overseas operations at the International Mission Board. “Everyone is grieving this loss. We pledge our love and prayers on behalf of the family.”

Fort was Telg’s pastor at Macedonia-Hix Baptist Church in Caldwell, Texas, when Telg was baptized and when he later made a commitment to missions service.

“I remember when, as an 8-year-old boy, Keith came forward in a Sunday morning worship service to commit his life to world missions,” Fort said. “His passion and commitment have touched many lives. The IMB has lost a great missionary.

“Our prayer is that God will use Keith’s life and ministry to call out many others who will follow his example.”

A native of Bryan, Texas, Telg and his wife were appointed by the International Mission Board in 1998. He was a graduate of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Prior to service with the IMB, Telg worked with Beautiful Feet Ministries, an inner-city outreach in Fort Worth, and in construction for Jensen Homes in Ames, Iowa. The Telgs also served a two-year stint in northern Africa through the board’s International Service Corps program.

Plans are incomplete for a funeral in Telg’s hometown of Caldwell.

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