This Week's Guests

ben_baker.png
Rep. Ben Baker & Naomi Baker
Missouri State Representative / Lost Their Daughter & Son-in-Law to a Gang Attack in Haiti

Representative Ben Baker, a Republican, represents Newton County (District 160) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2018. 
In addition to his legislative duties, Baker is a lay minister, missionary, former professor and former dean of students at Ozark Bible Institute in Neosho. He also owns a small construction business that specializes in artisan trim-work. Baker also served on the Neosho City Council and as mayor of Neosho.  Baker is a past church board member, and also a past board president of Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center. He is also involved with Ozark Christian Missions and has led mission trips to India, Africa, and Central America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ozark Bible Institute. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Baker currently resides in Neosho with his wife, Naomi, and their four daughters. 
====
In May Baker reported his daughter and son-in-law, both missionaries in Haiti, were reportedly killed in gang violence in the country. 
"My heart is broken in a thousand pieces. I’ve never felt this kind of pain," state Representative Ben Baker posted on Facebook.
"Most of you know my daughter and son-in-law Davy and Natalie Lloyd are full time missionaries in Haiti. They were attacked by gangs this evening and were both killed. They went to Heaven together. Please pray for my family we desperately need strength. And please pray for the Lloyd family as well. I have no other words for now."
Natalie and Davy Lloyd were part of the nonprofit Missions in Haiti Inc., which posted about the incident and confirmed their deaths.
"Davy and Natalie and Jude were shot and killed by the gang about 9 o'clock this evening," the non-profit posted on social media. "We all are devastated."
Missions in Haiti, Inc, reported the couple and at least one other person were ambushed by a gang of men in three trucks while leaving church.
"Davy was taken to the house tied up and beat," the organization wrote. "The gang then took our trucks and loaded everything up they wanted and left."
The post goes onto read at some point, the couple and another person were in a home attempting to call for help.
"They are holed up in there, the gangs (have) shot all the windows out of the house and continue to shoot," the post reads.

jonathan_shanzer.png
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer
Senior Vice President, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer is senior vice president for research at FDD, where he oversees the work of the organization’s experts and scholars.

Jonathan previously worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he followed and froze the funding of Hamas and Al-Qaeda. Jonathan has held previous think tank research positions at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Middle East Forum. He has written hundreds of articles on the Middle East and U.S. national security.

Jonathan is host of the FDD Morning Brief, where he covers the latest news and developments from the Middle East live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30am ET.

His most recent book is Gaza Conflict 2021: Hamas, Israel and Eleven Days of War (FDD Press 2021). His other books are State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave Macmillan 2008), and Al-Qaeda’s Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror (Washington Institute for Near East Policy 2004). 

Jonathan testifies often before Congress and appears on television channels such as CNN, Fox News, BBC, and MSNBC.

Jonathan has traveled the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories.

Jonathan earned his PhD from King’s College London. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew.