Mississippi Church Mourns Tragic Deaths of Youth Pastor, Daughter

Ariana and Randy Wager (Photo source: WLOX)
Ariana and Randy Wager (Photo source: WLOX)

A community in shock banded together Sunday morning after tragedy. Rocky Creek Baptist Church began its morning worship service with a tearful remembrance of two lives lost.

The church’s youth minister, Randy Wager, and his daughter, Ariana, were killed in a car accident on Interstate 10 in Hancock County Saturday morning.

The tragic accident left a community in disbelief.

“My first reaction was no. This can’t be happening. This is a bad dream, but it’s not. It’s for real, you know,” said Selby Herrington.

When Selby and other members of Rocky Creek Baptist heard the names of their youth minister and his daughter on the list of fatalities, they knew the church would never be the same.

“He’s going to leave a big hole in our hearts,” said Herrington.

Herrington helped Wager in his ministry and hopes to keep the things he started going. He says he can’t do that without Associate Youth Pastor Scott Wallace.

Wallace says looking back, he can see God’s timing in Wager’s last few Bible studies.

“‘We could lose our life at any moment,’ as he was constantly saying, and with that said, ‘We’ve got to give every breath we have to the gospel,'” said Wallace.

According to Wallace, Wager’s daughter was on fire for Christ. She and her father had just recently returned from a mission trip to Africa.

“That inspired her to give her life to doing that. She was in the process of going to school to get a teaching degree so she could go back to Africa,” said Wallace.

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SOURCE: WDAM-7
Jonathan Brannan

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