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Student missionary dies in accident

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–A 21-year-old student missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board was killed April 12 in a motorcycle accident in the southeastern African country of Mozambique.

Jeremiah Johnson, a member of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, Ariz., and driver of the motorcycle, was riding with an interpreter (name withheld for security reasons) when the accident happened. Reports from overseas personnel say Johnson was killed instantly in the accident and his passenger was injured. Details on the interpreter’s condition and how the crash happened were not available at press time.

“Our hearts are broken,” said Charles Lord, pastor of Royal Palms. “We’re very proud of Jeremiah. God had been working in his life…. He was serving the Lord to reach people who were unreached with the Gospel.”

Johnson was working with the IMB’s Hands On initiative among an unreached people group. The program enables college students to work on the mission field for a semester. Johnson was a student at Glendale (Ariz.) Community College.

Johnson is the son of Diana and David Johnson. David is director of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary’s Arizona campus. Jeremiah also is survived by sisters Rachel and Talitha and brother Merritt.

Lord described Johnson as courageous and willing to go wherever God was calling him to serve. “We’re really going to miss him,” the pastor said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.
Reported by the Richmond staff of the International Mission Board.

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