A public memorial service honoring Michael Loua, the Jacksonville missionary killed in Guinea, West Africa, has been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Woodland Heights Baptist Church.
Robert Corbell, pastor of River of Life Church in Rusk and friend of Loua and his widow, Elisabeth, said the time and location were set for the service on Thursday.
“We’re trying to get everything together for it now,” he said.
He said an account to help support Loua’s widow, who is eight months pregnant, and the couple’s three children, ages 14, 12 and 4, has been set up at Austin Bank.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so at any Austin Bank location to the Michael Loua Estate account.
Corbell said the family’s rent has been paid for December, but the need for ongoing support is great, explaining Elisabeth needs items for the new baby, due in about three weeks.
Loua was a graduate of the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary. He studied at BMATS with the intention of returning to Guinea to evangelize his home country, which is approximately 85 percent Muslim.
Loua had been back in Guinea for about five months, doing missionary work and securing a house for his family, when he was taken prisoner for preaching the Gospel.
After three weeks imprisonment, he was killed.