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9 Adventists Missing
« on: September 21, 2001, 11:16:00 AM »
The Adventist Church in North America reports that at least nine lay members are among the nearly 7,000 dead and missing persons from the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. You’ll find a list of names and church affiliations on the Review website.  
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9 Adventists Missing
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2001, 02:37:00 PM »
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Nine Adventists Missing

Nine Seventh-day Adventist members are among the nearly 7,000 missing and presumed dead following the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. Adventist conferences have reported as follows:

Ted Moy, a deacon at the Spencerville Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, worked at the Pentagon. He was on a training exercise at an office very close to the point of impact. Moy leaves behind a wife, Madeline, and two teenagers, Jessica and Daniel.

Michael Baksh was working in World Trade Center (WTC) Tower 2, his first day on the job. He was a very involved member of the Church of the Advent Hope in Upper Manhattan and was recently elected chair of the church board. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Lissy Martinez also worked in Tower 2. She was an active Pathfinder leader of the Spanish Fort Washington Church in Upper Manhattan. She was a Master Guide and counselor. She leaves a husband and two children.

Maxima Jean-Pierre worked in Tower 2. An active youth Sabbath school teacher at the Spanish Patchogue Church in Long Island, New York, she leaves a husband and four children.

Josue Velasquez worked at Tower 1. He was a very faithful and active member of the Spanish Intervale Church in Bronx and helped out with camp meeting programs. He leaves a wife and three children.

LeRoy Homer was co-pilot of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in western Pennsylvania. He was a frequent visitor to the Mt. Holly English Church in New Jersey where his wife Melodie is an active member.

Jorge Velazquez was a member of the Passaic I Spanish Church (there are two Spanish churches in Passaic, New Jersey). As chief of security at Tower 2, he was busy ushering people out of the building from the 31st floor. He called home to communicate with his family at that time, but has not been heard from since. "Your father is a real hero," the company president told his family in a telephone conversation.

Steve Bunin was active in the Corona Adventist Church in Queens, New York, and worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd Floor of Tower 1. He leaves behind a wife, Hyacinth.

Michelle Nelson, 27, also worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd Floor of Tower 1. She was an active member of the Linden Adventist Church in Queens, serving as a clerk, AYS leader, and in the youth choir.

"Our family has been hurt deeply in this tragedy," said Don Schneider, North American Division president, upon reading the conference reports. "But I imagine that upon seeing our anguish, the angels in heaven once again urge Jesus to come and put an end to this chaotic world. 'Let's return to earth and get the faithful right now,' somebody says. And Jesus says, 'If we wait another day, maybe someone else will choose eternal life.' And I believe that just at the thought of being able to save another person, another one of us, everyone in heaven agrees to wait a little longer. This thought encourages me to work even harder to share the hope that comes from knowing Jesus Christ. Let's pray for the families, and let's work harder for the kingdom."

Dick Stenbakken, chaplain of the North American Division reports that Rear Admiral Barry Black, chief of chaplains for the US Navy, is alive and well: "Chaplain Black was on a classified mission when the attacks occurred and was safe. In the interim, he received more than 200 e-mails from concerned friends, but was not able to respond at the time."

Celeste Ryan is assistant communication director for the North American Division.

                                                       Adventist News Network

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