East Texas missionary dies for sharing his faith
POSTED: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 7:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 7:56pm
Michael Loua and his wife are from Guinea, West Africa--a predominantly Muslim nation. Michael came to Jacksonville to go to seminary. His friends say his heart was to preach Christianity in his homeland.
Elisabeth Loua, Michael's wife, has three kids and is eight months pregnant. She says Michael planted 12 churches in Guinea. The last time he was there training pastors, someone called to meet up with him. Those who were with Michael say he went to prison for three weeks.
In those three weeks, Michael got a lawyer. He was supposed to go to court on Monday, but on Sunday, Elisabeth says military came in and shot Michael. She doesn't know why he was arrested or killed, but friends say they believe it was for his faith.
Elisabeth says, "I'm just trusting the Lord to help me. What i believe is that he said he would never forsake us."
Pastor Robert Corbell--with River of Life in Rusk where Michael taught missions classes--says, "I knew Michael's passion. When i found out he died, I was heartbroken." Corbell says Michael was no stranger to suffering for Christ, and that Michael had actually been stoned once, leaving a scar on his forehead. Corbell refers to him as a modern-day Paul. "Compelled by love to reach them, he was willing to do whatever it took," he says.
Here is a video Michael made while in Guinea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM7CslYfNGk
Michael's memorial service is Tuesday at 2:00 in Jacksonville.