Missouri Baptist Convention leaders who worked with David and Carrie McDonnall in December 2003 prayed over the couple, asking God to use them as workers in Iraq. Photo courtesy of The Pathway
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--David McDonnall, one of four Baptist workers killed March 15 in Iraq, and his wife, Carrie, "endeared themselves to our church," pastor Michael Dean said.
The McDonnalls, kneeling at the altar of Travis Avenue Baptist Church, were commissioned and prayed for by the congregation before they departed last fall for fulltime service in Iraq.
"No doubt that image is still very vivid in the minds of many of our people," Dean said. "It puts a very personal touch to the risk of
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David McDonnall loved the people of Iraq deeply, and it was his love for them and for God that led him to risk his life and give the ultimate sacrifice in service to the Kingdom. Photo courtesy of The Pathway
the calling of missions."
The spiritual impact of McDonnall's death may extend far beyond the Fort Worth, Texas, congregation, Dean reflected.
"On a road in northern Iraq, there was a collision between some American civilians and some Iraqi terrorists, but it was really much more than that. It was a collision between love and hate."
Everybody knows, Dean said, that "love always wins out."