The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Missionary dies in China

Scott M. Minson, 25, an ELCA teacher, was found dead Oct. 12 in his apartment at Jian Teachers College, Jiangxi Province, People's Republic of China.

The cause of death had yet to be determined at press time.

Through the ELCA, Minson served in the Amity Teachers Program, which is administered by Church World Service and Witness, a unit of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. He began teaching English as a second language classes to college-age students in China last August.

"I wish to express our profound sense of loss and sadness at the death of Scott Minson," said Will L. Herzfeld, associate executive director of the ELCA Division for Global Mission and president of Church World Service and Witness. "Especially do we remember Scott's family, his parents and brother, and hold them in prayer that they may be sustained in this difficult time."

Before accepting the teaching assignment in China, Minson, a 1996 honors graduate of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, worked for Hewlett-Packard in Falls Church, Va. He was a member of Our Redeemer, a Lutheran Church­Missouri Synod congregation in Prospect Heights, Ill.

Minson is survived by his parents, Michael and Judy Minson, and a brother, Jeffrey.


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