(Christine Johnson) Mike Riddering, a missionary with Sheltering Wings in Burkina Faso, has been slain by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Amy Riddering called her husband a “warrior.” ” Heaven has gained a warrior!” she posted on Facebook. ” I know God has a purpose in all things, but sometimes it is a complete mystery to me. My best friend, partner in crime and love of my life. The best husband ever. An amazing father to his children and a papa to everyone. My heart is so heavy, and I am having trouble believing he is gone. Mike was an example in the way he lived and loved. God be glorified! Mike Riddering, I will love you always! You left quite a legacy here. I can only imagine the adventures you are having now.”

Mike Riddering and Valentin, his Burkinabe associate, went to Ouagadougou on Jan. 15, 2016 to pick up a team of short-term missionaries coming from the U.S. to work at the Les Ailes de Refuge Orphanage in Yako, Burkina Faso in West Africa. The two arrived early and went to a café across from the Splendid Hotel. A terrorist group called al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) attacked the café and hotel. Pastor Valentin called Amy urgently requesting prayer, but before he could complete his call the phone went dead. FULL REPORT