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Christian worker murdered in Afghanistan


Gayle WilliamsGayle Williams, a  worker with Christian charity SERVE Afghanistan has been shot dead in a drive-by shooting whilst walking to work.

An eyewitness told reporters that two men on a motorbike drew alongside her. One man then got off the motorbike and shot her at close range before jumping back on the bike and escaping.

"Some bullets hit her body and some hit her leg and when police got there she was dead," interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told the AFP news agency.

Zabiullah MujahidTaleban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP that they killed Ms Williams "because she was working for an organisation which was preaching Christianity in Afghanistan".

In an earlier interview Mudahid stated: "“In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Beneficient. The mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, and other opponents of the government who work under different names, are using every tactic with which we can inflict casualties on the enemy."

In a press statement SERVE Afghanistan referred to the 34-year-old Williams as "a person who always loved the Afghans and was dedicated toserving those who are disabled. Needless to say we are all in shock."

Dominic O'Reilly, UK director of Afghanaid, said they would review their security but continue to use female staff.

"We employ low-profile security and prefer not to use armed guards, but we do review arrangements on a daily basis," he said.

 

See report in The Telegraph which includes comments from Gayle's mother.

 

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Footnote:
SERVE Afghanistan is a Christian charity which has been working with Afghan refugees since
1980 in Pakistan. The organisaton has gradually moved both its project work and its head office into
Afghanistan itself.


Christians Together, 20/10/2008

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Editor 22/10/2008 21:59
Tributes have been paid to Gayle Williams -

“She was a person who always loved the Afghans and was dedicated to serving those who are disabled. Needless to say we are all in shock,” said the charity in a statement.

Ms Williams, a British South African, had worked for nearly two years in Kandahar and Kabul on projects to integrate disabled people into mainstream education and improve their prospects.

“Gayle will be remembered as one of the inspiring people of the world who truly put others before herself,” said Serve Afghanistan.

“She was killed violently while caring for the most forgotten people in the world; the poor and the disabled.

“She herself would not regret taking the risk of working in Afghanistan. She was where she wanted to be – holding out a helping hand to those in need.”
Evangelical Alliance (Guest) 27/10/2008 13:48
SOCIAL ACTION AND EVANGELISM MUST NOT BE SEPARATED, SAYS WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE THEOLOGICAL COMMISSION

A worldwide commission of evangelical theologians has declared that Christians must not separate social action and evangelism, despite the tragic murder of Gayle Williams.

The World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission, which met in Bangkok, Thailand (23rd – 25th October) this week, has reaffirmed the importance of holistic mission.

In particular, the commission renewed its commitment to both evangelism and social transformation across the globe. A communiqué issued at the close of their meeting acknowledged the importance of their calling to both “love their neighbour and witness to Jesus Christ.”

In the light of the murder of Gayle Williams in Afghanistan earlier this week, the commission acknowledged that some parts of the British media have been calling for the disconnection of evangelism from social action. However, they believe as strongly as ever that if evangelical Christians are to be true to their identity as evangelicals, and true to the good news of Jesus Christ as they understand it, then these two aspects of their ministry and service cannot and must not be separated.

Justin Thacker, Chair of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission said, “Many young Christians feel motivated by their Christian faith to serve overseas. While it is important that they express their faith in culturally appropriate ways, it would simply be wrong if they felt they couldn’t express it at all.”

David Roldan, Dean of FIET Theological Institute and member of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission said, “Speaking as an Argentinean, I understand the importance of standing up for the right to speak freely about one what believes. Therefore, I think it is important that evangelical Christians continue to proclaim what they believe whatever country they find themselves in while treating people with respect.”
Liane (Guest) 16/01/2012 13:29
Even though has work there has ended, and she has gone to be with the Lord. I'm sure the impact she had on people's lives, and the love she showed will continue on their hearts for generations.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family, who can be very proud of her desire to do God's will, even in dangerous places.

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