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ICC Note: A Christian missionary named Mike Riddering was one of the 29 victims of Saturday’s bloody terror attack on a hotel in Burkina Faso. Riddering’s life testifies to one marked by preaching the gospel faithfully and caring for orphans. Al Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has taken responsibility for the attack.

By Christine D. Johnson

1/18/16 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (Charisma News) – Mike Riddering, a missionary with Sheltering Wings in Burkina Faso, has been slain by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Amy Riddering called her husband a “warrior.”

“Heaven has gained a warrior!” she posted on Facebook. “I know God has a purpose in all things, but sometimes it is a complete mystery to me. My best friend, partner in crime and love of my life. The best husband ever. An amazing father to his children and a papa to everyone. My heart is so heavy, and I am having trouble believing he is gone. Mike was an example in the way he lived and loved. God be glorified! Mike Riddering, I will love you always! You left quite a legacy here. I can only imagine the adventures you are having now.”

Mike Riddering and Valentin, his Burkinabe associate, went to Ouagadougou on Jan. 15, 2016, to pick up a team of short-term missionaries coming from the U.S. to work at the Les Ailes de Refuge Orphanage in Yako, Burkina Faso in West Africa.

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