Slain Christian Aid Worker Remembered

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Family, friends and co-workers remembered Gayle Williams, Tuesday, as a loving woman completely dedicated to helping others.

The Christian aid worker was shot dead in Afghanistan Monday. Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack, saying she was killed for spreading her Christian faith.

"Gayle was serving a people that she loved, and felt God called her to be there for such a time as this," Williams' mother, Pat, said. "We know her life was blessed and she was a blessing to those around her... She died doing what she felt the Lord had called her (to do) and she is definitely with Him."

Williams --a British South African-- had been working in Afghanistan for two and a half years with the group "Serve" (Serving Emergency Relief and Vocational Enterprises), a Christian charity that has worked with Afghan refugees since 1980 .

In a statement, the group said, "Gayle will be remembered as one of the inspiring people of the world who truly put others before herself. She was killed violently while caring for the most forgotten people in the world; the poor and the disabled."

Serve chairman, Mike Lyth, described Williams as "the life and soul of the party." He also dismissed Taliban claims that she was killed for spreading Christianity.

"It certainly has no truth to it at all," he said. "We are Christians - that is what gives us the motivation to go into a dangerous and difficult country to try to help, but she was not involved in proselytisation."

Since Williams' death, Afghanistan's government has warned foreign aid workers to be on high alert and increase security.

"The international workers based in Kabul, be it with the aid agencies or in the private sector, they should get in touch with the relevant police departments, review their security measures and make sure they take necessary precautions while they commute," presidential spokesman Humayun Hamidzada said.

At least 30 aid workers have been killed in the country this year. Six of them were reported to be foreigners.

Sources: The Christian Post, The Telegraph, Voice of America, Associated Press

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