Michael Sharp, a Mennonite from Kansas serving as a U.N. investigator of recent conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was found dead along with colleague Zaida Catalan and an unidentified Congolese interpreter. Sharp was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (2005) and formerly served with Mennonite Central Committee in Congo. He is remembered as a brave and faithful peacemaker who helped convince some 1,600 militants to lay down their weapons.

“Michael took a most perilous mission to investigate the ongoing killings, showing deep respect for the dignity of humankind and the women and children of Central Congo. His work in the Congo is a legacy of who we are as human beings, as Mennonites and Christian disciples.” – Fidele Lumeya, head of the Congolese American Council for Peace and Development

May his legacy inspire us all. You can read more about Michael Sharp and his work at the links below:

Alumnus Michael J. Sharp among confirmed dead in Democratic Republic of Congo

Bodies of 2 U.N. Researchers Are Found in a Shallow Grave in Congo