In January 2016, Beatrice Stockli was kidnapped from Timbuktu in northern Mali. After being held prisoner for four years by Islamic extremists, she was recently executed.

News of her execution comes from a French aid worker who was freed on October 8 and who had held by the same or linked Islamist militia group.

Though she was captured once before in 2012 and released, Beatrice was determined to return. She was reported as saying, “It’s Timbuktu or nothing!”

Please pray for the country of Mali and other west Africa countries that have a strong and growing Muslim presence. Pray for more people like this woman who are willing to give their lives to reach people.

Though it is unclear what type of missionary she was, clearly her dedication and commitment are an inspiration to us all.