All the missionary hostages of the Ohio-based ministry finally freed in Haiti
Haitian police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said Thursday that a gang of kidnappers freed all remaining hostages from an Ohio-based mission group.
He gave no details immediately.
Seventeen members of the Christian Aid Ministries group were captured two months ago. Five had been released in previous versions.
As CBN News reported on this story, the nightmare began on October 16 with the kidnapping of 17 missionaries traveling to a Haitian orphanage, the youngest being only eight months old.
Those responsible are part of the infamous 400 Mowozo street gang.
As CBN News reported on December 6, the gang had demanded $ 1 million for the return of each victim. Earlier this month, they freed three hostages after letting two of the hostages leave without incident last month.
No details were released as to whether a ransom was paid.
The apparent targeting of American religious groups is now sounding the alarm bells for other missionaries.
Bruce and Mary Melissa Vernon recently said CBN News that the embassy has called on all American missionaries to leave Haiti due to gang violence and the growing economic crisis. The couple returned home safe in November and still want to go back when the time is right.
“Sometimes we can hear gunshots coming from our house which we believe is associated with the 400 Mowozo gang,” Bruce said. “Because of gangs and kidnappings, we have had to move our Bible courses online. There are very few missionaries left in Haiti at this time.
The Vernons are asking people around the world to join in the prayer, using the scriptures as the focus of the petition.
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may go forth and be honored, as has happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and wicked men. Because not all have faith.
But the Lord is faithful. He will strengthen you and keep you from the evil one. And we trust in the Lord that you do and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ ” (2 Thessalonians 3: 1-5 NIV).
“We believe that God will act on the kidnappers through the ministry of these wonderful missionaries,” concluded Bruce.
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