Missionaries are important to me. They have some of the strongest faith that you will ever know. I would know, because I’m heavily involved with World Gospel Outreach, a missionary organization that reaches the people of Honduras and Belize.
It’s been reported that 17 missionaries, including 5 children, have been kidnapped by Haitian gang members. $17 million ($1 million a head), is what is being asked of Christian Aid Ministries, according to the New York Times.
“The demand was made to the country chief of the Christian Aid Ministries, they asked for $1 million per person,” began Liszt Quitel, the justice minister for Haiti. “Often these gangs know these demands cannot be met and they will consider a counter offer from the families, and the negotiations can take a couple of days sometimes, or a couple of weeks.”
According to a press release by Christian Aid Ministries, the organization the missionaries work with, the missionaries had just returned from an orphanage they were helping build, when the kidnapping happened.
“We request urgent prayer for the group of Christian Aid Ministries workers who were abducted while on a trip to visit an orphanage on Saturday, October 16. We are seeking God’s direction for a resolution, and authorities are seeking ways to help.
The group of sixteen U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children. Join us in praying for those who are being held hostage, the kidnappers, and the families, friends, and churches of those affected. Pray for those who are seeking God’s direction and making decisions regarding this matter.
As an organization, we commit this situation to God and trust Him to see us through. May the Lord Jesus be magnified and many more people come to know His love and salvation.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust . . . For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” (Psalm 91:1,2,11).”
According to CNN, one of the missionaries, cried out for help in a Whatsapp group as the abduction happened.
“Please pray for us!! We are being held hostage, they kidnapped our driver. Pray pray pray. We don’t know where they are taking us,” the news site reported.
Friends, we have faith in strong God who we know will protect his people. If you are a person who trusts God and has strong faith in Him, would you join me and the millions around the world in praying for the safety of our missionaries, and the salvation of the kidnappers?