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Student missionary dies in motorcycle accident
Baptist Press
April 14, 2010
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Student missionary dies in motorcycle accident

Student missionary dies in motorcycle accident
Baptist Press
April 14, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. — A

21-year-old student missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission

Board (IMB) was killed April 12 in a motorcycle accident in the southeastern

African country of Mozambique.

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Jeremiah Johnson

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.