Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Pastor Joseph Kingal is dead
Wife and children in hospital after tragic road accident
CHRISTIANS and Lae residents were last night mourning the death outspoken spiritual leader and evangelist Pr Joseph Kingal (pictured above, right), who was killed in a road accident yesterday evening, The National reports.
Kingal and his family were involved in a tragic road accident at Zuming Bridge in Markham, about 120km out of Lae.
Kingal, his wife Susan, and their four children were returning to Lae from Madang when the accident happened.
Pr Sesere Kebei, who rushed to the accident site, said the vehicle, driven by Kingal, overshot the bridge and fell into the river.
It was not clear what caused the accident.
Kingal and his family were returning home after a week-long crusade in Madang.
The spiritual leader sustained fatal injuries to his head
and body, Kebei said.
“It appears he died at the site. It was a real tragedy,” he said.
Susan Kingal and one of the younger child sustained serious injuries but were believed to be in “serious but stable condition”, Kebei said.
Mutzing police station commander Sgt Alex Romosaso said Kingal was killed in the accident as he was driving his family to Lae in their family vehicle – a Toyota landcruiser trooper – late in the afternoon.
Staff members at Mutzing Health Centre tried frantically to stabilise the condition of the family before rushing them to Angau Memorial Hospital last night.
News about the accident spread quickly throughout Lae city and around the country.
Christian members and relatives around the city rushed to the Angau Memorial Hospital and waited for the family to arrive.
The family was brought to Angau hospital’s accident and emergency entrance and rushed to the operating theatre as family members, Christians and Lae residents held a prayer vigil.
The hospital was packed with people, and Kuima and G4S security guards worked hard to control the crowd, to ensure they were not in the way of medical staff.
A nurse contacted by The National last night said they were under strict instructions not to speak to anyone about the condition of the pastor and his family.
Kebei said he had known Kingal since university days.
“His impact and influence was extraordinary. He had a great heart and mind and was a very inspirational person.”
Joseph and Susan Kingal founded The Word, The Spirit, and The Cross Evangelistic Ministries Inc, in 1994. Since then, they had inspired, saved and healed thousands of people nationwide.
Kingal holds a degree in accounting from the University of Technology while his wife had graduated from Madang’s Divine Word University with a diploma in accountancy.