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Mike Riddering's Brother Recalls Slain Missionary's 'Radical' Transformation


American missionary Mike Riddering was one of 28 people killed in a terrorist attack in West Africa last Friday.

The 45-year-old missionary from Florida had lived in Burkina Faso for five years.
His work with widows and orphans had become his life's passion -- a big change from the way he lived just a decade ago.

CBN News spoke with Jeff Riddering about how his brother's life was radically transformed by the love of God.

"About 11 years ago he made a decision for Christ that changed his life. He encountered God in his pickup truck," Riddering said.

"He was going down the street one day and he calls me on the phone - he's still pulled over the side of the road," he recalled. "He says, 'Jeff I think I'm going to hell.' I said, 'No you're not. You grew up in a Christian family and everything. Are you sure?' and he says, 'No, I don't love God,' and I said, 'What's happening?'

"He radically changed that day," Riddering said. "Everybody knows it, everybody in the church, his whole family knows what would happen in that church."

Mike was in the capital city with a team of missionaries visiting from the U.S. He had stopped at a cafe in Ouagadougou with a friend when al Qaeda-linked terrorists stormed in and started shooting.

He leaves behind his wife and four children, two adopted from burkina faso.

Please pray for the Riddering family during this difficult time.

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