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Rome missionary left to raise 7 children on his own

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  • Missionary Melinda Evans of Rome, Georgia
  • Missionary David Evans of Rome, Georgia and his 7 children
  • Missionary David Evans of Rome, Georgia
  • Missionary Melinda Evans (left) in Guatemala
  • Missionaries David and Melinda Evans and some of their 7 children
  • Missionaries David and Melinda Evans and some of their 7 children
    

ROME, Ga. - "To say that our faith hasn't been shaken at times would be dishonest," missionary David Evans of Rome told 11 Alive news on Wednesday.

Shaken, but not broken.

A week after it happened, Evans and his 7 children are still struggling with the loss of his wife, Melinda.

"Like everyone, we search for answers like, why her, why now, why this way?" he added.

He and Melinda met as teenagers, were married 22 years, had 3 children of their own and adopted 4 more, some with special needs.

About 8 years ago they made a commitment to full time missionary work with Food for the Hungry, first in Guatemala and last year in the Dominican Republic.

"She brought life out of each one of us; she pushed us to stretch our faith beyond our comfort zone," Evans said.

A few weeks ago David and at least one of their children came down with mosquito borne dengue fever.

They survived, but 42-year-old Melinda could not.

"It ended with her actually having a massive heart attack and losing consciousness," he said.

The Evans family has been overwhelmed with a huge outpouring of support from the Rome community and elsewhere.

Food for the Hungry is taking donations for them on its website.

And David believes Melinda is still watching over them.

"The time that we had with her has marked our life and it has given us a platform of faith to stand strong in Christ and that's what we're gonna do," he said.

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