Published by Mark Morris on 07 Dec 2013 at 04:52 am
I have linked below the World Magazine article on Ronnie Smith’s death today in Benghazi. I have also attached John Piper’s article on the topic.
LIBYA | An American teacher killed in Benghazi strived to ‘treasure Christ above all things’
Posted Dec. 6, 2013, 11:46 a.m.
Hours after assailants gunned down American teacher Ronnie Smith during his morning jog near the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday, grieving friends on opposite sides of the globe remembered Smith, 33, as a devoted teacher, family man, and Christian.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for Smith’s murder, but Islamist militants had called for the kidnapping of U.S. citizens in Libya in October. Hospital officials said the teacher had been shot multiple times. Read More
John Piper writes the following poignant message about Ronnie.
When We Send a Person to His Death
by John Piper | December 6, 2013
Ronnie Smith was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday. He was 33. He was a husband and father. The leaders of his home church have given me permission to respond to his death publicly and carefully. You can read the fuller story at World or in the mainstream media.
One of the reasons I want to respond is because Ronnie wrote to us at Desiring God last year and told us that one of my messages was significant in leading him and his family to Libya.