by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio - Tania Rich, widow of one of the three missionaries kidnapped in Panama in 1993 and later killed by their Colombian rebel captors, will speak to the Cedarville University community at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 28. The presentation will be made in the Jeremiah Chapel of the Dixon Ministry Center as part of the University's annual missions conference. Rich's husband, Mark, along with his New Tribes Mission co-workers Dave Mankins and Rick Tenenoff, were kidnapped on January 31, 1993 when armed guerrillas burst into the missionaries' homes in the Darién jungles of Panama. The men were later taken across the border into Colombia. New Tribes Mission and Colombian and U.S. agencies investigating the case learned in 2001 that the men were killed in 1996. A New Tribes Mission statement declares, "U.S. and Colombian authorities continue to investigate the killings. Remains may never be found. Details may remain secret until eternity. But God has been in control. We have been changed, gaining a richer and deeper understanding of our awesome and powerful God." Tania Rich is one of more than 50 missionaries representing more than 30 mission agencies who will present their work at the conference, running March 25-28. All of the conference sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, call 937-766-7808.