An East Texas man killed while spreading Christianity is memorialized today. Michael Loua went to Guinea, West Africa to share his Christian faith in the mostly-Muslim country.
His wife says he had already planted twelve churches in Guinea, but he came to Jacksonville to go to seminary. She says when Michael went back to visit Guinea as a missionary, he was killed by members of their military. There are little details as to why.
Michael's memorial service was held today at Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Jacksonville. His close friends tell us although it's a tragedy to lose Michael, they call today a "celebration"--because they say he died pursuing his passion. One of Michael's friends, Johnny Anderson, refers to Acts 20:22-24 in the bible as a description of Michael's life.
Rachel Loua, Michael's wife, has three children and is eight months pregnant. Her family is in Guinea, but she cannot return because it is too dangerous. If you would like to help Rachel and her children, there is an account open at Austin Bank. Anyone can go by and deposit money into the Michael Loua Estate fund.