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Thank you for letting us know if this tragic news.

There will be great rewards for the whole family in eternity for their obedience in love in following the Lord. It is my prayer that the Lord give his wife and family peace in their time of sorrow.

Here is an local Indiana newspaper article giving more detail.




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Update from Stephanie (Mrs. Wesco) this morning.  She and their oldest son had not made it home after the death due to the violence in the streets. The younger children are with another missionary family and at least at the point of this update did not know their father had gone to Glory. My heart just breaks for this woman and her family.

"Thank you to all who have been praying for us during this last day, which seems like an eternity. My heart is so heavy, as I face driving on the road where my husband was killed; having to tell my precious children their Daddy is never coming home; having to start repacking and figuring out what to take back to the States and what to leave. Knowing Charles is safe in the arms of Jesus brings comfort, and I'm so thankful for promises to cling to from God's Word. Right now I'm clinging to His promise that all things work together for good for those that love the Lord. My heart's desire is that the Lord and Savior my precious Husband loved and served his whole life would be glorified and that there would be a harvest of souls brought to know Jesus as their personal Saviour from sin through his death. I know Charles is so happy to be with Jesus--he often talked of looking forward to seeing his Savior face to face... But I already miss him beyond description and just wish for one more chance to hear his voice, see his smile, hold his hand, and tell him I loved him more than he could ever know."

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Here is Brother Charles' obit:


I know that we all have an appointed time. But he was so young...I look for God to do great things through this.

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This was released this morning by the mission board the Wesco family went through.  


“Good Morning,

Thank you all for your prayers and concern for Stephanie Wesco and the children. On behalf of the family, you all are greatly appreciated!

The Wescos, along with the Sinclair family, made it back to their home safely, packed up, then drove out of the English section last night. They are all safe in the French section, and will be travelling today to the capital city Yaounde. The plan is for all of them to fly out of the capital on Saturday.

The other missionaries that our church works with that were based in the English section have all been evacuated out, with the exception of Glenn and Sarah Swanson. Their ministry was deep in the jungle, where they were relatively safe. Their plan was to trek out yesterday, and be flown out by missionary pilot, Tom Needham, today.

I would ask that prayers be offered for the dear Cameroonian believers who do not have the option of evacuation. They will live with this constant danger for the immediate future.

I will pass along updates as I have them, and will let everyone know of Funeral Plans when they are made.

Thank you very much for your love and concern and prayers for all of those involved.

If there is any question I can answer for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Jason Brenenstuhl

First Light Baptist Mission”

Continue to be in prayer for Stephanie and their 8 children.

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This is from Stephanie this morning:

"The words to this song were on my mind immediately upon waking up this morning. Even in the midst of all that has happened these last several days, I see so many ways the Lord has guided, protected, blessed, and strengthened us all. Precious memories with my husband are something I'm so thankful for. The 8 sweet children the Lord gave us together here on Earth are my greatest treasure in the world now. I'm so thankful for the military escort we were given out of the danger zone. The kindness of the soldiers to my children... One of the men was giving Emmy chocolate, which is her favorite. 😊 My heart broke as we passed the place where Charles was shot, but I know the Lord was our protection and shield as we left our home, I'm so thankful for that safety in passing through that area. I'm so so thankful for our Co-workers, the Sinclair family. This whole tragedy has welded us together as a group, and I fully believe the Lord still has plans for us, even though right life feels so uncertain in so many ways. I'm so thankful for everyone who is praying and supporting our family in ways I don't even know about. The body of Christ has taken in new meaning for me. The Lord keeps reminding me though His word and everyone's words of encouragement that he hasn't forsaken us. He is always good, always. 
Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a mem’ry,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!
Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!
Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
Thanks for heav’nly peace with Thee!
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
Thanks through all eternity!"

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This update was posted a couple of hours ago. 


"Update: The man going over to retrieve Stephanie & the children got to Brussell's at 2:30am. He is on the second leg of the journey to Cameroon.
As of last night, Charles’ body has not been released yet from Cameroon. 
Thank you for your continued prayers & support for the family! 
For those asking about sending cards & gifts to help this dear family that I posted about earlier that lost their husband/father to a shooting. 
100% of the gifts will go to them (go fund me takes a percentage)
This is their mission board through which you can send gifts to bring this family home & help this family through this difficult time! 
Thank you for praying & sharing! ❤️
Checks can be mailed to:
Wyldewood Baptist Church
First Light Baptist Missions
3030 Witzel Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54904

Website: Wyldewood.org
It is on the website home page. There is a link that takes you to “Quick Give” no login required.
Gifts are tax deductible"

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From this morning:

They had several long flights and some layovers that were very long. They are all understandably exhausted. 
Obviously their greatest need is prayer, but I know how great financial stresses can be for just one person. 
Stephanie, being a mother of 8, this stress will be compounded. I cannot even imagine how difficult these next few weeks will be for them! 
Putting myself in her shoes, with the little that I’ve heard keeps me praying & sharing with others constantly. 
Will you continue to pray? Will you share with your friends, churches & family? Will you pray about giving? 💞
God sure has blessed me with amazing friends!! 
Sure appreciate each of your hearts for others! 💖

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One thing I have seen in situations where a missionary has to leave the field and return home is that a nu.ber of supporting churches will immediately stop support because the missionary is no longer working in missions.

I can't understand how people could be so heartless,  but I have seen it. More than once. 

Pray specifically for their financial situation,  as well as for their general spiritual and emotional strength. 

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On 10/30/2018 at 10:19 PM, Alan said:

Thank you for letting us know if this tragic news.

There will be great rewards for the whole family in eternity for their obedience in love in following the Lord. It is my prayer that the Lord give his wife and family peace in their time of sorrow.

Here is an local Indiana newspaper article giving more detail.




Thanks Alan, but I couldn't access that site as it is not available in countries operating the EU data protection policy.

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We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time

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@Invicta, here is the text of the article:

MISHAWAKA — Charles Wesco, the brother of Indiana state Rep. Timothy Wesco, died after being shot while doing missionary work in Cameroon.

The Rev. Don Williams, pastor of Believers Baptist Church and Charles Wesco’s father-in-law, said that the incident happened while Wesco and his wife, Stephanie, were driving.

“I talked to my daughter yesterday, and they were traveling and they were looking for a car,” Williams said. “While they were traveling, they went past some tall grass and when they were driving past the tall grass that’s when he got shot,”Williams said.


He said the doctors from the organization Doctors Without Borders administered aid, but they were unable to save his life.

Charles Wesco, his wife and children had just arrived in the west African nation where the government has been fighting a separatist insurgency for about a year.

“They were with a senior missionary team, and they were in an area that was more safe, and they were trying to stay away from areas where there was fighting going on,” Williams said.


Charles and Stephanie Wesco had been married for 14 years, Williams said.

“Charles was a very focused man, and when he set his mind to do something, he would not let anything distract him from what God wanted him to do,” Williams said. “He believed that God wanted him to go into the mission field, and he put his whole effort into that.”

Williams also called his son-in-law a visionary. “When he was preparing for the mission field, he was full of ideas and plans and things that he wanted to do to help the people and spread the Gospel.

“He was also a wonderful son-in-law, a wonderful dad and husband to my daughter. We were blessed to have him in our family and church.”

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Thank you for the information. I normally do not use internet sites to send funds. In this case, as in other cases, I send a check from our US bank account. It does take longer for the check to get there and cleared through the bank though. But, we have adjusted our lives to send funds this way.


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Memorial Service for Charles Truman Wesco
Monday, November 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Community Baptist Church, South Bend
5715 Miami Rd, South Bend, IN 46614

Charles T. Wesco's Obituary:

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:15

Charles Truman Wesco went home to be with His Lord and Savior while serving the Lord as a missionary in Cameroon, Africa on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at the age of 44. Charles was formerly of Warsaw, Indiana.

Charles was the firstborn of ten children, son of Virgil and Rebecca (Walter) Wesco of Mishawaka, Indiana, born on August 24, 1974, at K.I. Sawyer AFB in Michigan where his father was serving in the military. He was named after his grandfathers: Charles Walter and Truman Wesco. He grew up as a pastor’s child in churches in the Midwest.

As a boy, he loved reading, building forts, romping in the creek, and helping rake leaves and take down trees at his grandparents. He faithfully invested in the lives of his younger siblings as they were all home schooled together.

Charles also developed many construction skills as he helped his family renovate and add on to their home. His parents instilled a love for memorizing God’s Word in him at an early age, encouraging him to learn the book of Jonah to earn his first study Bible. He completed 15 years of Bible Memory in the AWANA program receiving the Citation Award. Beyond that, he committed to memory a large part of the New Testament and many large passages in the Old Testament. That love for learning and studying God’s Word lasted his entire life.

Charles accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior from sin at the age of 4. It was then that he asked God to forgive him of his sins and placed his trust for salvation from sin and hell in Jesus Christ. By the age of 8, he knew that God wanted him to serve in some sort of ministry, and at the age of 15, under the preaching of Pastor David Miller at First Baptist Church in Mishawaka, Indiana, he surrendered to go wherever God wanted him to go.

Charles loved working with children and was actively involved in his church’s AWANA program for many years.

When he was 12 years old, his grandparents gave him a tuning hammer, and he began tuning pianos at Walter Piano Company owned by his grandparents, Charles and Barbara Walter. Charles learned how to tune pianos and worked and saved to prepare for a family. Piano tuning and repair also supported him when he served in ministry. He attended Midwest School of Theology, Northland Baptist Bible College, and Baptist College of Ministry to receive Bible training. He was very musical playing the piano, accordion, harmonica and euphonium.

At age 29, Charles fell in love with Stephanie Williams from Warsaw, Indiana. In God’s providence he tuned the piano of Pastor Don Williams who happened to be Stephanie’s father. Their piano apparently did not hold tune well, and his visits became very frequent and led to Stephanie becoming the love of his life and his loving wife. They married on November 20, 2004 at First Baptist Church, in Mishawaka, Indiana. The Lord began blessing them with children which ended up being 8, with 3 babies also in heaven. They enjoyed almost 14 years of marriage together.

Charles served as an assistant pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church in South Bend, Indiana for 10 years. He loved working with the young people and started a Bible Institute to help see them trained and equipped to serve the Lord. It was his heart’s desire to see young people have a walk with God and to be surrendered to Him. He also served at Believers Baptist Church in Warsaw, Indiana for the past five years, during which time he was ordained and commissioned as a missionary.

In 2015, Charles, Stephanie, and their 2 oldest sons, Daniel and Charles Jr. went on a survey trip to Cameroon, West Africa, believing the Lord was leading them to serve in mission work there. During that time the Lord confirmed their calling through direct answers to prayer, and they spent the next couple of years raising support to return to Cameroon. The Wesco family arrived in Cameroon on October 18, 2018. Charles was so excited. On October 30, 2018, Charles gave his life for the people of Cameroon, West Africa. He is with his Lord and Savior who he faithfully loved and served and has received the martyr’s crown.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie and 8 children–Daniel, Charles Jr., Joseph, Hudson Taylor, Stephanie Joyanna, Samuel, Caleb and Emmeline. His parents, Virgil and Rebecca Wesco, and siblings–Jonathan, Virgil Jr., Ruth, Stephen, Timothy, Nathaniel, Karisse, Lawrence and Joel, as well as in-laws and many nieces and nephews. His grandparents, Charles and Barbara Walter. Also surviving him are his wife’s family, who dearly loved him: Donald and Wenda Williams, Faith, Grace, Stephen, Hope, Joy, Mercy, Mary, John, Daniel, in-laws, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Truman and Zelma Wesco and 3 children, Hosanna, Peace and Rose. Charles loved all of his family dearly and desired that each one would love the Lord God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.

Private family services will be held and he will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana. Charles' life will be celebrated with a public memorial service to be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2018 at Community Baptist Church, 5715 Miami Road, South Bend, Indiana 46614 and officiated by Pastor Randy King.

Memorial donations may be directed to Wildewood Baptist Church, 3030 Witzel Avenue, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54904 to go towards the Wesco Family Benevolent Fund.

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