American teacher Ronnie Smith, who was shot and killed in Benghazi on Thursday (Dec. 5), depended on his faith in Jesus Christ alone while working in Libya, and had decided to move to that restive nation after listening to a message by preacher John Piper, according to reports.
“I want to go where no one could find a church if they wanted to, where no one has access to this gospel,” Smith, a Texas native, said in a video before moving to Libya. The video was posted on the website of his home church, Austin Stone Community Church, until his death, according to CNN.
Smith, who served as a deacon in his church and was teaching chemistry at the International School in Benghazi, was killed by gunmen riding in a black jeep while he was out jogging on Thursday morning. The gunmen are suspected to be Islamist militants.
Smith, 33, who is survived by his wife, Anita, and his son, Hosea, was aware of the danger of working in Libya, but his faith in God gave him strength.
“No matter what happens, I’m good,” he told his church members in the video, as quoted by CBS News. “That gives me peace, and I’m OK with that.”
“That can never be taken away from me no matter what happens,” Smith said, of his Christian faith.