of NAMB missionaries killed in action in Iraq
The Byerses have been missionaries since January in Guam, a U.S. territory, where Lloyd Byers is director of missions for the Guam Baptist Association. He previously served as church planter/pastor of Foothills Community Church in Mt. Airy, Ga.
Joshua Byers, a member of the Army's Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, was killed when a bomb exploded near his vehicle as it was traveling in a 50-vehicle convoy between two Iraqi towns, according to his mother. Seven others were wounded in the bombing, which was triggered remotely by two Iraqis hiding in bushes nearby, she said.
Byers is survived by his wife, Kim, who lives in Fountain, Colo., near Fort Carson. He is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Mary Byers said she had been on a flight from Tokyo to Atlanta for a North American Mission Board conference when the incident was reported, and she and her husband learned the news when they arrived in Atlanta from their two other sons, who live in Nashville. Joshua's brothers had received the news two hours earlier.
"We're just really
in shock, but we certainly appreciate the prayer support we've already
heard about through the North American Mission Board and all Southern
Baptists we've been in contact with," she said.
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