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Iowa Man Killed in Philippines Blast

Barbara Brooker says her brother always knew the dangers of being a missionary in the Philippines. But he felt he had a calling to do the work, and he loved working with children, whatever the risk. William P. Hyde, 59, a native of Shellsburg, died Tuesday in the blast that killed at least 20 others at the Philippines’ Davao airport. He was the fourth Southern Baptist missionary killed overseas in terrorist attacks in recent months. “They really knew it was not safe,” Brooker said of her brother, just hours after learning of his death. “We’ve always been afraid of the danger. My mother always worried that we would get a call some day.” Bill and Lyn Hyde had been missionaries since 1978, spending the last six or seven years in Davao, a city on the island of Mindanao. The Filipino government has been fighting Muslim rebels on Mindanao, the country’s main southern island, for more than three decades. Brooker and her husband, Dick, spoke to Lyn Hyde by telephone Tuesday morning and talked about the bombing. Bill Hyde had gone to the airport to pick up another missionary family when the bomb went off. Full Story

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