We just learned that our close friend Daniel Tieh, died in a bus accident in Mali this week. Daniel, his wife May, and their oldest son Darius were returning to Mali from Liberia where they were attending Darius’ graduation.
We were shocked when we received the news as Daniel has been such an important part of our lives. His wife May was seriously injured and was in a coma. She has awakened out of the coma, but is suffering with substantial injuries including several crushed ribs. Darius has been thrust into the role as leader of the family and is working on the details of caring for the family.
We originally met Daniel when we first arrived in Mali in 2001. Since then, he has been our closest friend and colleague. He played an instrumental role in many of our evangelism ministries and was a key part of our Jesus Film outreaches. We are devastated by his passing. Three weeks ago, Daniel dropped us off at the airport. We had no idea that would be the last time we saw him.
Daniel was a missionary from Liberia. He felt a strong call to Mali and has been ministering in the country for over 25 years. He was an amazing evangelist who passionately shared the Gospel with everyone he met. He was also a compassionate and very attentive pastor. He planted many churches in Mali, ran a Bible school for new pastors, and operated a Christian elementary school. He loved Malians and his life was dedicated to sharing the Good News with them.
Daniel’s family lives on very limited resources. They now face an urgent and large financial obstacle of transporting the body back to Liberia for burial along with relocating the family to Liberia. Due to her injuries, May will need to fly to Liberia, adding to the cost of transportation. Please be praying for the Tieh family, Daniel’s colleagues, churches, and students. Please contact us if you would like to donate to the family to help them in this time of distress.