By Michael Ireland
Jay and Katrina Erickson, with their daughters Marina, right, and Coral.
A Spokane couple doing missionary work in Africa died over the weekend in a plane crash in northwest Zambia, leaving behind two young children.
Jay and Katrina Erickson, who attended Hillyard Baptist Church, were killed Saturday when the six-seat Cessna aircraft Jay was piloting crashed into the Zambezi River. Their daughters, 2-year-old Marina and 1-year-old Coral, had stayed behind at the Chitokoloki Mission Hospital where the couple worked, according to The Spokesman newspaper in Spokane.
By Dan Wooding
Daniel Rozen was born in Israel, but in his youth he had no interest in God.
“Both my mother and father’s family were killed in the holocaust,” Rozen says. “My grandfather was a Rabbi whom I never saw, and was taken by the Nazis never to be seen again.
“In my heart I hated both the Russian and German people alike because of what they did. It was difficult for me to work with anyone who was Russian or German because even the language itself would displease me. In my eyes it was just as bad.”
By Mark Ellis
His desperate need to find God – any god – landed him in a local mosque. Even some vivid dreams from Jesus failed to stop his surrender to Islam, but the power of God’s Word finally won his heart.
“I was the product of a one-night stand,” says Antonio Santana, who never knew his biological father. He and his brother and sisters grew up with minimal family structure and he always felt disconnected from his stepfather. “Both my parents always worked, and I could do whatever I wanted to do.”