In Remembrance of Michael Riddering

Friday, January 15th, American missionary Michael Riddering was killed in a café in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. Riddering worked with Les Ailes de Refuge, an orphanage operating in Yako and run by Sheltering Wings. While at a coffee shop with his colleague, Pastor Valentin, the shop was attacked by militants pretending to be members of Al Qaeda. Pastor Valentin was ultimately rescued by security forces, but Mike did not survive.

Michael is survived by his wife, Amy Riddering, and four children—Haley, Delaney, Biba, and Moise. A memorial fund has been set up by Sheltering Wings to aid the Ridderings in their time of need. To help us honor Michael, and do our best to support and grieve with his family, please donate by going to their page.

 

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About Michael…

Michael James Riddering was born in Illinois on February 21, 1970. Graduating from Fort Lauderdale Christian High School in 1988, his professional career included work at numerous boating companies—including his own—and he and his wife were active members of the Hollywood Community Church, in Hollywood Florida. In 2011 Mike, his wife Amy, and their daughter Delaney moved to Yako, Burkina Faso to do mission work. Haley paused her education for a year to serve with her family before she, and ultimately Delaney as well, moved back to the U.S. to pursue their educations. Mike and his wife continued their work, and would make a profound impact on the lives of all those they served. The Ridderings and their team cared for roughly 400 orphaned children, provide direct assistance to disenfranchised widows, and help direct local schools’ operations. The Ridderings also adopted two children since arriving in Burkina Faso—Biba, age 15, and Moise, age 4. Michael was well loved, and will be terribly missed.

“Heaven has gained a warrior” – Amy Riddering

 

 

Biography provided by Sheltering Wings