11 YWAM Missionaries Killed in Tanzania

Eleven missionaries with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) died in a tragic accident near Arusha, Tanzania. The incident, involving multiple vehicles, also claimed the lives of several others, including the bus driver. A statement issued by YWAM said “We are deeply saddened to confirm that 11 of our friends are now with Jesus. Two are still in critical condition in the hospital. As a movement, we gather around all those impacted by this tragedy, their families, and their communities. We are working to meet all the pressing practical, financial, and emotional needs that arise,” YWAM added, along with a link where people can donate. The organization expressed deep sorrow over the incident, extending condolences to the families, friends and team members affected. YWAM says it’s in the process of contacting the families of those who have died or are in critical condition, providing updates as they become available. One of the two buses involved, carrying YWAM leaders and candidates, sustained significant damage, while the other returned safely to the YWAM campus in Arusha. Several individuals were reported to be in critical condition and receiving medical attention in local hospitals.

YWAM has urged the public to avoid spreading unconfirmed reports about the accident, emphasizing respect for the privacy of the families involved. It encouraged sharing official updates to ensure accurate information is disseminated. According to Xinhua, the accident claimed at least 15 lives, including three foreigners, and injured 12 others. The collision, which involved four vehicles, was attributed to a suspected brake failure of a truck in the Ngaramtoni suburb of Arusha. Justine Masejo, the Arusha regional commissioner, detailed the accident’s circumstances and its impact on the local community. Among the vehicles involved was one carrying students and teachers from New Vision School of Arusha and a public bus. The injured were taken to major hospitals in the city, including Mount Meru referral hospital and Selian Lutheran Hospital, for treatment. In its first update the ministry said, “Two hours ago, we learned of a bus accident in Arusha, Tanzania, with YWAMers who had gathered there attending a University of the Nations Executive Masters course intensive. Facilitators and candidates of the course were traveling together in two buses, when one was hit by a truck.”

Source: Christian Post

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