Bowers spoke Saturday at the graduation ceremony for Piedmont Baptist College inWinston Salem.
He survived an aerial shooting in Peru that killed his wife and daughter and forced hisplane into an emergencylanding.
The students say Bowers' speech reinforcestheir beliefs.
"This really has been a confirmation, it has really been something thathas energized our motivation in going and our motivation for sharing thegospel of Jesus Christ," says new graduate Jason Laird.
College president Howard Wilburn says 140 students have said they are willing to becomemissionaries since Roni died April 20th.
Bowers and his wife Roni met at the collegein the mid-80s.
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