Julie Holman Car Accident: 3 Missionaries Based in West Michigan Die in Kenya Vehicle Crash
Julie Holman Car Accident: Three West Michigan missionaries working to better lives in an impoverished African country died in a vehicle crash in Kenya on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
The three workers, all from the greater Grand Rapids area—Dave and Joy Mueller, both 61 and nurse practitioner Julie Holman, 33—were headed to one of several centres established in Kenya by a Hudsonville-based group called Kenya Hope.
The crash involved a Toyota SUV carrying the missionaries and a semi-truck.
Eric Hoogstra, board chairman of Kenya Hope, said it’s his understanding that the truck and SUV were in a head-on collision, apparently after the truck pulled out from a location.
In a Facebook post, officials with Kenya Hope said Dave and Joy Mueller had worked for the organisation for the last 13 years, “providing freshwater wells, education, widow training, and food relief to a number of communities within the Nairobi and Narok areas of Kenya.”
Julie Holman had recently passed her board certification to become a nurse practitioner and was helping in Kenya to “evaluate medical facilities and provide medical vaccines.”
“Dave and Joy will be remembered as missionaries who worked both faithfully and tirelessly to help others who were in need and spread the gospel of Christ. While they will be greatly missed by our organisation, I know they have a place in heaven for a life well-served,” Hoogstra said in a written statement.
Holman is the daughter of the U.S. director for Kenya Hope.