Family Mourns Missionary Couple Murdered in Haiti

Family Mourns Missionary Couple Murdered in Haiti

Davy and Natalie Lloyd, American missionaries to Haiti and daughter and son-in-law of Missouri Rep. Ben Baker—along with another worker named Judes Montis—were killed in a gang ambush on their mission compound in Port-au-Prince on May 24.

The couple’s remains were transported safely to the States on Friday. Hundreds of people stood on the side of the road, some waving American flags or with their hands over their hearts, as the remains were transported to Neosho, Missouri, according to a post on Baker’s Facebook page. “The outpouring of love and support is just overwhelming,” he said. “A true hero’s reception.”

Over $130,000 was raised for the family through GoFundMe campaigns to cover funeral costs and the cost of transporting their remains to the U.S.

Montis left behind a wife and two young children. He and Davy’s family had been close, with Davy and his siblings referring to Montis as “Tonton Judes,” or Uncle Judes, in their younger years, Davy’s mother said.

A visitation for Davy and Natalie is scheduled for this afternoon, with the funeral set for Tuesday morning. Hundreds gathered in the Haitian church on May 28 to mourn Montis and the Lloyds.

Davy was the son of the founders of Missions in Haiti, Inc., where his family operates a compound that includes a children’s home, a school, a church and a bakery. The ministry also operates a boys’ home. Davy’s parents shared in a video from April of last year that the mission had grown larger than they ever expected, and the worsening gang violence had led to more and more children needing care as families were displaced and parents murdered.

Davy was born in Haiti and always had a heart for the nation. Davy and Natalie met at Ozark Bible Institute in Neosho, were married in the summer of 2022 and soon began working at Missions in Haiti full-time. Davy expressed that he was glad to lighten the load for his parents, and Natalie was excited to see Davy’s dreams of planting churches and schools be fulfilled.

Davy’s parents posted that they had been asked several times what they would do now. “Haiti is where we are still called by God to serve, and we will not abandon our friends and family there,” they posted. “It wasn’t Haiti that killed our children, it was selfish evil men who only have evil purposes, they do not represent Haiti. Haiti continues to cry for help and prays the world doesn’t continue to turn their backs on the terrible conditions that these wicked men are making a country live through. Continue to pray for God’s deliverance.”

Correction: We originally published that Davy and Natalie met at College of the Ozarks. They attended and met at Ozark Bible Institute in Neosho, Missouri.

Photo: Natalie Lloyd / Facebook

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