Just a few weeks after moving to Guatemala "to start their life dream of mission aviation work," a 28-year-old missionary has died in a crash. Luke Sullivan leaves behind a wife, three daughters, and a fourth child on the way.
Sullivan was the aviation director for mission organization Paradise Bound Ministries (PBM). He and a visiting missionary pilot, Bruce Van Fleet, 32, were in a small plane when it crashed in Guatemala on Thursday, June 27.
Both men had survived the crash initially. However, according to fundraiser set up by the ministry, Sullivan had suffered severe burns to 95 per cent of his body. PBM released a statement Friday morning saying that Sullivan had passed away due to his severe injuries. PBM said Van Fleet's injuries did not appear to be as severe.
PBM says that the Sullivan family had just arrived in the country on June 1, and were excited to begin their ministry.
In a post online Sullivan's wife, Ashely, says, "Luke, I loved you every day I knew you."
She says that he strived to discern God's call on his life and follow it obediently. "All you ever wanted was to hear His voice audibly. I know He took you before your body your body gave up."