Friends, family honor Baptist missionary killed in terrorist bomb attack

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2003

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Friends and relatives celebrated the tireless work and Christian values of Bill Hyde at a memorial service for the Southern Baptist missionary, who was killed by a terrorist bomb in the Philippines.

Hyde's youngest son, Steve, 31, a missionary in Cambodia, said his father understood the dangers of work in Mindanao, but found the island's beauty too tempting and its inhabitants in need of the kind of salvation he believed only God could provide.

Steve Hyde said he would avenge his father's death through work for peace, love and the forgiveness of sins and asked all of you who have been touched by my father, please join me.''

Hyde, 58, died when a bomb linked to an Islamic separatist group exploded at an airport on the island of Mindanao, killing 20 others and injuring 170.

Hyde and wife Lyn had worked in the Philippines since 1979, but considered Cedar Rapids their hometown. Lyn Hyde plans to live with her oldest son, Tim, in Dallas until she is ready to resume missionary work.

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