Missionary, Daughter Killed in Liberia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Baptist missionary and her daughter have been killed in the African nation of Liberia, but officials of the Baptist Foreign Mission Board say they are unaware of any anti-missionary sentiment there.
The killing of the 10-year-old child was believed to be the first among missionary children since the Richmond-based Foreign Mission Board was founded in 1845, said spokesman Robert Stanley. Ten other adult missionaries affiliated with the board have been slain.
Libby Tarlton Senter, 47, and her daughter Rachel were apparently stabbed to death in their home in the mining town of Yekepa, Stanley said. Their bodies were found Wednesday by another missionary, he said.
Stanley said there is some unrest in Liberia but none has been aimed at missionaries.
The Southern Baptists have 65 other missionaries assigned to Liberia and more than 3,700 in 107 other countries worldwide, Stanley said.
Mrs. Senter and her husband George had been in Liberia since 1980 to start new churches. They were with the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board in Indiana frm 1971 to 1980.
Stanley said Senter and the couple’s son Philip, 15, were in the city of Monrovia about four hours away when they were notified of the deaths.