North Carolina Mission Volunteer Dies in Accident in Puerto Rico

Paul Fisher (right in brown shirt), pictured here earlier this week after fixing a roof damaged by Hurricane Maria, died Feb. 28 while leading a mission team in Puerto Rico. He is survived by his wife Carrie (left in hat and neon shirt). Submitted photo

Paul Fisher, the leader of a North Carolina Baptist mission team repairing roofs in Puerto Rico, died Feb. 28 in a swimming accident near San Juan. He was 36.

Fisher and his wife Carrie were heading up a team assembled by North Carolina Baptists on Mission to fix homes damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017. On Thursday, the team completed their work for the day early and went to the beach to swim. A riptide pulled Fisher underwater and he drowned despite the team’s 30-minute effort to resuscitate him, according to an email form Richard Brunson, executive director of North Carolina Baptists on Mission.

The Fishers “were just a wonderful, amazing couple who were willing to go wherever God was leading them,” Brunson told Baptist Press.

Paul and Carrie Fisher had opted not to buy a house in Charlotte, N.C., where they both worked — Paul in construction and Carrie as an administrator for a mission organization — so they could do missions fulltime, Brunson said. They both resigned their jobs earlier this year and moved at the beginning of February to New Bern, N.C., to serve for at least the next three years as assistant site coordinators for North Carolina Baptist rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Florence.

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Source: Baptist Press