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Martyr story revisited

May 25, 2010

Last fall, I wrote an article about two missionaries, Walter Erikson and Edward Tritt, who were martyred in 1952 while working in the country of Dutch New Guinea (West Papua today). It was published by the mission agency's magazine TEAM Horizons.

After the article appeared, I got a call from the college the men attended, Columbia International University. They wondered if I would expand on the article for their magazine, Connection.

The Connection editor gave me free reign to write as much as I wanted and submit as many photos as I had. In this magazine, we were able to tell a more complete story of the murders. I interviewed classmates, the men's fiances or their relatives, people who were inspired to mission work by the men's sacrifice.

You can read the Erikson-Tritt story here in CIU Connection. It was a privilege to work on this story that might otherwise have been lost to history.