Highway Crash Kills Young Missionary Family of Five from Minneapolis

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A young missionary family of five from Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis is being mourned after a highway crash in western Nebraska took their lives July 31.

Jamison and Kathryne Pals, both 29, and their three children, Ezra, Violet and Calvin, ages 4 years to 2 months, died when their minivan was rear-ended by a semitrailer truck in a construction zone on Interstate 80.

The Pals were headed to Littleton, Colo., for a final session of training before leaving in late October to serve as missionaries with Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya, Japan, according to a statement released by the church. The couple had sold most of their belongings in preparation for the move and had just left a water park to complete the final three hours of their 13-hour journey, Minneapolis-area media reported.

A statement released by Bethlehem Baptist Church, part of the Baptist General Conference, pointed to the unique hope Christians have when dealing with death.

“As a church, we greatly grieve the losses of Jamison and Kathryne Pals, and their precious children, Ezra, Violet, and Calvin. We deeply love them, and will sorely miss them,” said church spokesmen Jason Meyer and Kenny Stokes. “Some look at death and see a tragedy — the tragic end of all their hopes and dreams. As Christians, we look death in the face and see ultimate victory, not tragedy, because Jesus defeated sin and death for all of his people.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Mark Kelly