Monday, May 08, 2006

In Memory of a Fine Missionary

"For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another." (Job 19:25–27)



As we walked into church on Sunday we were handed the bulletin. Inside was the news that one of our OPC missionary men was killed in a motorcycle accident. He died on the way to the hospital with his wife by his side in the medical transport.


His name was Rev. Matthew D. Baugh and he had five young children ages 10 down to 2. This hit me right between the eyes because you know, missionaries should not be accidentally killed, right? I mean they are doing God's work in often dangerous foreign lands. He certainly was--he was in Haiti. I said to my husband, "It is a good thing I believe in the sovereignty of God because otherwise this would not make any sense at all."

My eyes well with tears for this family who will never more know their earthly father, for this wife who will never more know her husband's embrace. My heart aches for the next few years of struggle for this family. May the God of all comfort go before them, pave the way, hear their prayers, and heal their wounded hearts. My He be their living light.


Please pray for this family, our sister and her children in Christ. Please lift up the Baugh family with me to the One who knows all, sees the ends of all, and knows the plans He has for us.




Moms4Psalms said...

We are praying for the family. Our hearts go out to them all! At church the elder announced that the OPC has not lost a missionary in 30 years. They are praying also for the church in Haiti. Thanks for posting this so more people will know to pray for them.


Anonymous said...

I have been grieving for and with the Baughs, too. Matt was a good friend of our pastor's...they were in seminary together.



PreschoolersandPeace said...

I will be praying for that dear wife and her children. Praise God he is praising God!

Anonymous said...

I was honored to know Matt. What a man of God he was and his family is a picture of what a Godly family should be. We are deeply heartbroken for this loss. I will miss his sweet smile and caring eyes. Our family was to see them in Haiti this summer on a group mission trip. To be honest, some of the excitement is gone. I know Matt would not want the work of the Lord to stop. He was one of the most giving men if have ever known.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your beautiful post about my dear brother Matt and his precious family. I know I am biased, but I have never met another quite like him. He genuinely loved others. Not because they were lovely, or because he stood to gain anything from them, but because of his deep abiding love for Christ.

He died doing what he loved...spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. He was the very best of us. He was beautiful. He is sorely missed.

Please keep Shannon and the kids in your prayers. We are absolutely amazed at the outpouring of love and encouragement from the body of Christ. For details on how to contact or help the family, go to www.opc.org

Yours in Christ,

Rob Baugh