An American Christian missionary in Paraguay was killed in his own home last week by a suspected robber after serving as a missionary for over 25 years, according to his sponsoring agency.
Ethnos360, founded in 1942 as New Tribes Mission, announced on Friday that it lost one of its own, 50-year-old Wayne Goddard. Goddard served the people in Paraguay for over two decades before he was gunned down during an apparent robbery attempt.
According to Ethnos360, Goddard was assaulted by armed men while serving the Ava Guaraní and Paī Tavyterã tribes.
Goddard served as a cross-cultural worker for Ethnos360, which operates in various countries around the world to help local churches train and send missionaries to reach the unreached people groups in their regions.
Goddard worked hands-on with the mission agency’s partner Misión a Nuevas Tribus en el Paraguay since 1994. He is survived by his brother and father.
“As news of his death has reached the world, it’s our desire to recognize the sacrifice Wayne made as he followed our Lord in willing service,” an Ethnos360 Facebook post reads. “Please join us in prayer for his family and the people he served and loved in Paraguay.”
According to Goddard’s family, he was killed last Tuesday. Ethnos360 didn’t make the announcement until days later to give his family days to grieve in silence.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith