Bian Tan, a missing Betel missionary is now assumed to have perished in the bush fires raging through parts of southern Australia.
Betel UK Director Kebt Martin writes:
Bian Tan served faithfully and sacrificially with Betel for many years in Spain and Australia.
We know she is safely with the Lord. Please remember her family, and the team in their courageous efforts to rebuild.
Betel assistant director, Lindsay McKenzie writes:
On the evening of Saturday 7th, the Betel Australia team was forced to abruptly evacuate the Betel Australia property in Marysville, Victoria, when massive bushfires suddenly appeared on the forest-covered mountain behind the property.
It appears they were given no prior warning of the close proximity of the fires, although most had packed a bag.
The giant flames rapidly
and mercilessly razed the entire township to the ground.
Our dear friend and co-worker, Bian, along with possibly over 100 other men, women and children, (one fifth of the population), is believed to have died in the inferno that swept through Marysville.
The town is still closed off as a crime scene and authorities have warned that it could be weeks or even months before any official confirmation of deaths can be given.
In view of this, Bian's family have chosen to hold a private memorial service for her family and close friends. Lindsay McKenzie, daughter Rebeca and the Betel Australia survivors will attend.