I have a huge place in my heart for missionaries, and those who sacrifice their lives for others. Please read below and pray for her family. We have been to Pharr MANY TIMES ourselves.
After 38 Years of Missionary Service Nancy Davis Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice.
Pharr police release new details in fatal shooting of missionary in Mexico
PHARR — A police officer watched the blue Chevrolet pickup truck speed against traffic toward the checkpoint at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge shortly after noon Wednesday. Inside was Sam Davis and his wife, Nancy, who was still alive after suffering a gunshot to her head about 70 miles south of the Rio Grande, police said.
Police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers called an ambulance, which rushed the 59-year-old missionary to McAllen Medical Center. She died at 1:54 p.m. Wednesday. The rural Monte Alto couple worked as missionaries in Mexico for more than three decades.
“We’re glad he was able to get to our bridge and we were able to get the medical assistance for his spouse,” Pharr Police Chief Ruben Villescas said. “However, this tragically ended with a perishing end.”
The couple was returning from a mission near San Fernando, about 70 miles south of Reynosa, police said. On the outskirts of the city of about 30,000 residents, the missionaries encountered a drug cartel checkpoint and refused to stop, authorities said.
Several men in a black pickup truck tailed the couple past the impromptu checkpoint and opened fire. Sources said at least five gunshots struck the back of the missionaries’ pickup truck, leaving it “riddled with bullets.”
An online post on Twitter by the Beavertown God’s Missionary Church in Beavertown, Pa., lamented Nancy Davis’ slaying.
“Missionary Nancy Davis has gone to Heaven as a martyr,” the online post states. “This afternoon, after 38 years of missionary service she paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
The couple founded the Gospel Proclaimers Missionary Association in March 1988, according to the nonprofit group’s articles of incorporation. The group was founded to establish and maintain missions in foreign countries by conducting camps, operating orphanages and “caring for the poor and needy and the distributing of bibles.”
El Nuevo Heraldo staff writer Martha L. Hernandez contributed to this report.