ZAMBIA – A missions volunteer from a Salem church was reported killed in an early morning automobile accident Aug. 9 in Zambia, on the continent of Africa.
He was identified as Robert “Bob” Finck, 50, who was in Zambia with a missions team from Fellowship Community Church on Red Lane Extension in Salem.
According to a release from the International Mission Board, Finck was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene on a road in Kafu National Park near the capital city of Lusaka.
Finck was reported to be riding with Fellowship church team leader Tim Rogers and International Mission Board missionary Melissa Frady of Tennessee. They were bruised and scraped but otherwise not seriously injured, according to reports.
The report said Frady was driving Finck to the hospital after he experienced severe kidney stone pain.
The accident happened about 2 a.m. Monday in a remote area of the park, mission board officials said. Rogers stayed with Finck while Frady walked until she could flag down a driver to take her toward Lusaka until she got enough cell phone signal to call for help.
The two mission volunteers and five others from Fellowship Community Church arrived in Zambia Aug. 6, according to the church, and planned to stay until Aug. 14 to lead a Bible conference while ministering to children and young people.
Fellowship Community Church is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary Aug. 11, and was planning to have the team in Zambia call in to report on their mission trip during the special service.
Finck’s survivors are his wife, Sandi, and children Amanda, 21; Brenna, 16, and Hunter, 10. Funeral arrangements are not final.