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Ed Thompson

Vietnam/Cambodia, 1949-1968

Ed ThompsonCarl Edward Thompson was born February 13, 1924, in McKeesport, PA. He attended a C&MA church in New Kensington, PA, and was converted at the age of seventeen. Because of mistreatment at the hands of an unsympathetic stepfather, he had to leave home and shift for himself.

With all his belongings in a hatbox, Ed went to his Sunday school teacher who insisted that he stay with them. Finding employment in a hospital as an aide and later as an emergency room orderly, he saved his money to enter Nyack Missionary College. In 1941, three days before he was to enroll at Nyack, all of his money was stolen, but he continued with his plans. His call to the Lord’s service was confirmed in a remarkable way. He was preparing to register when a phone call informed him that funds would be available for his first year.

After graduation in 1946, Ed married Ruth Stebbins. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving R. Stebbins, veteran missionaries in Vietnam.

After serving a Western Pennsylvania pastorate for over two years, they went to the field in 1949 and spent eight months in Dalat, Vietnam, in French language study. The following year they moved to Kratie, Cambodia, and established some churches.

In 1956 they began contact with the Mnong tribes-people. District work, youth conferences, short term Bible schools, and tribal ministries marked their third term. In 1965, all Americans had to leave Cambodia, and in 1966, the Thompsons were assigned to the Mnong people in Vietnam.

Both Ed and Ruth were killed January 31, 1968 when the Viet Cong attacked Banmethuot. This “Tet Massacre” also claimed the lives of five other missionaries.

Ed and Ruth had five children: David, Judy, Dale, Laurel, and Thomas.

Ruth Thompson

Vietnam/Cambodia, 1949-1968

Ruth ThompsonRuth Hester Stebbins was born July 6, 1923, in Saigon, French Indo-China. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Irving R. Stebbins, veteran missionaries in Vietnam.

After graduation in 1946, Ruth married Ed Thompson.

After serving a Western Pennsylvania pastorate for over two years, they went to the field in 1949 and spent eight months in Dalat, Vietnam, in French language study. The following year they moved to Kratie, Cambodia, and established some churches.

In 1956 they began contact with the Mnong tribes-people. District work, youth conferences, short term Bible schools, and tribal ministries marked their third term. In 1965, all Americans had to leave Cambodia, and in 1966, the Thompsons were assigned to the Mnong people in Vietnam.

Both Ed and Ruth were killed January 31, 1968 when the Viet Cong attacked Banmethuot. This “Tet Massacre” also claimed the lives of five other missionaries.

Ed and Ruth had five children: David, Judy, Dale, Laurel, and Thomas.

Taken in part from The Alliance Witness — March 13, 1968 & International Minisitries personnel files.

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