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A veteran school teacher was stabbed to death recently in Irbid, Jordan, in what police are calling a crime motivated by robbery.

Police arrested a young Jordanian man in connection with the murder of 55-year-old Cheryll Harvey, of Sudan, Texas, who had taught English in Jordan for 24 years. Although authorities claim the motive was robbery, nothing was taken from the apartment where she was murdered.

Cheryll founded an English-language center in Irbid 10 years ago that served 300 to 400 college students each semester. She was known as someone dedicated to her work, to her students and to living out the love of Jesus to her Jordanian friends. She is survived by two brothers. A statement from Southern Baptist officials said, “We pray her witness continues to bear much fruit.”

Pray for her family and her friends in Jordan as they grieve her loss, and thank God for Cheryll’s life of service.

Sources: International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, VOM Contacts

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