Burkina Faso attack: Pray for Missionary’s Family

Michael Ridding
Burkina Faso victim: Michael Riddering 

There was another terrorist  attack last night, this time in Burkina Faso.  It this time, al Qeada is claiming responsibilty. Among those killed was Mike Riddering, an American missionary.

We reprint for you excerpts from The Toronto Star:

“Six Canadian aid workers and volunteers from Quebec are among those killed after a prolonged attack by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.

There were 28 people of 18 nationalities killed and 56 others wounded after a 15-hour siege that ended Saturday night at a hotel popular with international business travellers on the busy Avenue Kwame Nkrumah in the city’s centre, what one Paris-based newspaper dubbed the Champs-Élysées of Ouagadougou.”

CNN reported: “The United States said one American died. ‘We extend our condolences to the family of Michael James Riddering. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time, as they are with all those affected by this brutality,’ State Department spokesman John Kirby said.”

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Fox News stated: “An American missionary and orphanage director was among the dozens killed by Al Qaeda-linked militants in the West African nation of Burkina Faso Friday night.
Mike Riddering was sitting in a cafe frequented by westerners across the street from the Splendid Hotel in the capital city of Ouagadougou when gunmen rolled up and opened fire.   A pastor from nearby Yako who worked with Riddering was able to escape, according to a family friend.
“Every week, Mike would go out and feed the widows in the surrounding villages,” said Brant Brooks, who has known Riddering for three years, in an interview with Fox News.”

Mike Riddering left behind his wife, Amy, and an adopted daughter.  They had been living in Burkina Faso since 2011. They had moved there from their home in southern Florida. Above photo courtesy of Fox News.

Please pray for this Missionary’s family and the family of all those who were killed in this attack.

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SGNScoops extends sympathy and prayers to all the families of those who were attacked.