Christians in the U.S. and Central America are mourning the loss of Bill Amason, a longtime missionary to the country of Belize.
Amason, 68, was reported missing from a resort owned by his family on Obabikon Bay in Sleeman, Ontario, on Aug. 26 — the same day he and his wife, Linda, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. The missionary had taken a boat from the resort to a rock to burn trash, said his son, Jared Amason.
“It appears that his boat blew off the rock and he tried to swim after it but didn’t make it,” Jared Amason said.
Five days later, divers recovered Bill Amason’s body.
Amason, a member of Churches of Christ in Florida and Illinois, organized more than 70 mission trips to Belize — some with more than 70 participants, his son said. His ministry brought medical, dental and spiritual aid to the impoverished people of the country.
Bill Amason also studied the Bible with prison inmates in Belize and organized “soles for souls” efforts to provide the inmates with shoes.
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