An American Missionary in Africa
Faces Possible Murder Charges and Hanging
Because of a Traffic Accident-Fiction!
the eRumor Mike
Hutchinson, an American missionary in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, is caught in
his car by an angry Moslem mob. A 16 year old boy is struck by the
missionary's car and the missionary is now on trial for his life and with the
threat of immediate execution by hanging. Some versions say the missionary
is from a church in Long Beach, Mississippi.
to Mike Hutchinson's father-in-law, Jimmie Wood, there was an accident and a 16
year old boy did lose his life.
It was in the West African country of
Senegal, however, and there was no angry Moslem crowd and no danger of Mike
Hutchinson being executed.
According to Wood, the boy walked into the path of Mike's car
without looking. Mike rushed him to a hospital, but the boy died on the
way. Mike then went to the police and volunteered a report. Fellow
missionaries went to the family of the boy to comfort
them in their loss. Under Senegalese law, a hearing about the matter was
required and Mike was had to stay in Senegal until that hearing, but he was
never arrested, jailed, or threatened and the authorities classed the event as
an accident and treated Mike with respect. Wood says he has no idea where
the subject of hanging came from. It was never a part of the
picture. There was no Christian-Moslem conflict and, in fact, one of
the missionaries was invited to participate in the boy's funeral.
Last updated 8/21/00
A real example of the story as it has been circulated:
MIKE HUTCHINSON AND HIS FAMILY, IMB (International Mission
Board-formerly Foreign Mission Board) MISSIONARIES IN GUINEA-BISSAU,
OUR PRAYERS. HIS CAR WAS SURROUNDED BY MUSLIMS AS HE AND HIS FAMILY
HOME. AFTER PATIENTLY WAITING AND ASKING THEM TO MOVE, THEY
FINALLY PULLED AWAY
FROM HIS CAR. AS MIKE STARTED TO DRIVE AWAY, A 16-YEAR OLD MUSLIM JUMPED (OR WAS PUSHED) IN FRONT OF MIKE'S CAR AND WAS
THE MUSLIMS ARRESTED MIKE (TOOK HIS PASSPORT) AND ARE PLACING HIM ON TRIAL FOR
MURDER. IF CONVICTED, HE WILL BE HANGED IMMEDIATELY. HIS WIFE, LYNN, AND HIS CHILDREN (12,10,9) ARE STAYING WITH
ANOTHER MISSIONARY FAMILY.
PLEASE PRAY FOR GOD'S INTERVENTION. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR CHURCH PRAYER CHAIN,
EMAIL LIST, AND ANYONE ELSE YOU KNOW WHO WILL PRAY FOR THIS MISSIONARY.
PLEASE stop and pray NOW for this family....even before you send this to your
list of friends and family to be praying for them!