K igali, Rwanda ... [ANN] Seventh-day Adventist missionary Ranjan Kulasekere was murdered on the front steps of his home in Rwanda on November 4.

Kulasekere, a Sri Lankan national, worked as a dentist in the church’s clinic in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. He was shot when he confronted intruders in his home around midnight, according to his neighbor Gerald Vyhmeister, also a missionary.

Despite his wound, Kulasekere followed the intruders and was attacked again.

"He was shot in the head and in the heart, and also slashed with a machete," reports Vyhmeister.

Kulasekere had been evacuated from Rwanda previously during the genocidal killings of 1994 that left over 500,000 dead. However, he chose to return as soon as possible to continue his missionary work.

His body was flown home to Sri Lanka where he was buried on Sunday, November 9.

"Ranjan’s dedication to helping the needy was an example of excellence," said Athal Tolhurst, under-secretary at the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters. "The Church has lost a great ambassador, and the people of Rwanda, a
true friend. We sympathize with his wife and two sons, and wish them an awareness of God’s special love at this time." [Jonathan Gallagher]