Family, friends remember minister who died on mission trip to Peru

WICHITA, (Kan.) Friends remember Paul Conger as a warrior.

"He really fought for those who were oppressed and those who were in need," recalls David Case, a former pastor in McPherson traveled with Paul on several mission trips.

Born in Great Bend, Conger left his corporate job in the 90's to create "First Love Ministries" to help the less fortunate.

"Paul was a passionate sort of individual where he couldn't let that go," Case says.

In his 30 years as a minister, Paul helped save nearly 450 Indian girls from sex trafficking operations and place them in orphanages his wife Cindy says he helped build.

"Paul never gave up on anything ever, and he knew it was going to happen and God made it happen," Cindy says.

His passion for helping others continued until his very last moments in life.

Paul died Feb. 5 while on a mission trip in Tarapoto, Peru from what his family says was likely heat stroke.

"He's told me before, 'I want to die at the pulpit. You can just leave me in whatever country I'm in,'" said Cindy, "and I said, 'Well, I'm not going to do that I'm going to bring you home,'" said Cindy.