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Bowers Hopes Wife Will Be Inspiration For Other Missionaries

Posted May 6, 2001 6:06 a.m. EDT

— Jim Bowers says he hopes the legacy of his slain wife will lead others to become missionaries.

Bowers spoke Saturday at the graduation ceremony for Piedmont Baptist College in Winston Salem.

He survived an aerial shooting in Peru that killed his wife and daughter and forced his plane into an emergency landing.

The students say Bowers' speech reinforces their beliefs.

"This really has been a confirmation, it has really been something that has energized our motivation in going and our motivation for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ," says new graduate Jason Laird.

College president Howard Wilburn says 140 students have said they are willing to become missionaries since Roni died April 20th.

Bowers and his wife Roni met at the college in the mid-80s.