Bethany Christian Services Statement on Patrick Lyoya’s Death

April 12, 2022

Grand Rapids, MI– Bethany Christian Services grieves the death of Patrick Lyoya and mourns with his family, friends, and the Congolese Community in Grand Rapids. We believe God created Patrick in his image and loved him deeply; his death is a tragedy.

Bethany has the great privilege of walking alongside Congolese families as they resettle in the U.S. Many have come to West Michigan fleeing violence, danger, and oppression in hopes of finding safety and reuniting with their families. We lament that the Congolese community experienced violence in the land where they sought refuge and protection.

As followers of Jesus, we are committed to walking alongside Congolese families who are grieving and seeking support. We call for transparency around this tragic event and pray for peace, equity, and unity in our community. Everyone deserves to be safe, valued, and heard.

About Bethany Christian Services Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit that supports children and families with world-class social services, all designed to help families thrive. Over 75 years ago, we began our work by serving a single child. Today, we work in more than 30 states and around the world, impacting hundreds of thousands of lives every year.