Four Missionaries Injured in Serious Car Accident in New Caledonia Are Expected to Recover

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News editor

  • 19 February 2019

Four missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were involved in a serious car accident on Saturday, February 16, on the island of New Caledonia. The Church has 65,000 missionaries from numerous countries, as portrayed by some flags displayed at the missionary training center in Lima, Peru.  Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Four missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were injured in a serious car accident on Saturday, February 16, on the island of New Caledonia.

All four missionaries, serving in the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission, are expected to recover from the collision, during which at least one of the three people in the other vehicle died, said Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff.

The missionaries involved in the accident are Elder Jacob Hable from Jakarta, Indonesia; Elder Jérémie Champoux from Drummondville, Canada; Elder Gordon Kimball from Bluffdale, Utah; and Elder Atepa Temaiana from Mo’orea, French Polynesia.

“We invite people of faith everywhere to pray for all those involved in this accident, particularly for the family and loved ones of the individual who passed away,” said Woodruff.

Consisting of dozens of islands, New Caledonia—which includes the largest island of the same name—is a French territory in the South Pacific.