Three missionaries working in war-torn areas of the Middle East and western Africa were killed last March. William Robinson, 59, was shot by masked gunmen who broke into his home in the Israeli-designated “security zone” in southern Lebanon. Robinson had been in the country for about ten years and established a center for orphans and handicapped children in the village of Rashaya Foukhar.
Robinson’s wife, Barbara, told United Nations investigators that three men burst into their home about 8:30 P.M., while the Robinsons were praying with their four sons and 26 children from the orphanage. After identifying Robinson, they led the others out of the room, bound his wife, and took about $4,000. They then used sleeping gas to render the group unconscious. One of Robinson’s sons later found his father’s body.
The independent missionary’s plans to expand his orphanage apparently led to rumors that he intended to create a housing development for Israelis. The rumors were denied by the Israeli government, as well as by Robinson’s friends and supporters. A statement issued by the Lebanese National Resistance Front following the March 28 attack said its guerrillas killed Robinson to “deter the establishment of Zionist settlements in southern Lebanon.”
A State Department spokeswoman said the U.S. government had warned Robinson several times to leave the country.
Caught In Crossfire
Veteran missionaries Tom and June Jackson, who had been in Liberia working on Bible translation for almost 40 years, were killed in crossfire between government and rebel troops outside the eastern village of Bahn. Though reports vary, the attack was apparently not directed at the couple. Some accounts said they were killed while trying to prevent citizens from ...1
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