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At Least Some of the Missionaries in Haiti Are Still Alive, Says US Official

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People protest for the release of kidnapped missionaries near the missionaries' headquarters in Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

There is evidence that at least some of the 17 missionaries in Haiti, who were kidnapped along with a driver, are still alive, a senior official in the Biden Administration told Reuters. The missionaries are with Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries (CAM), which has been posting regular updates and requests for prayer. 

“‘The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him’ (Nahum 1:7),”  said CAM in an update Tuesday, Nov. 9. “On the 25th day since the kidnapping, we cling to God’s precious promises. As our loved ones endure another day in captivity, we again commit them to God and His care.” 

CAM’s Nov. 8 update reads in part:

We, along with government authorities, continue to work hard to bring them home safely. This is our heartfelt desire, but we want to surrender to God’s plan and timing.

The families of the hostages continue to face long days of waiting for news about their loved ones. The hostages no doubt face long days as well, wondering when they might be released. Your prayers have been a lifeline of hope and encouragement for the families, for us at CAM, and no doubt for the hostages during the past several weeks. Keep praying!

Missionaries in Haiti Kidnapped 25 Days Ago

The senior official who spoke to Reuters chose to remain anonymous and did not provide further details about the current situation of the hostages.

The missionaries were abducted by the 400 Mawozo gang on Saturday, Oct. 16, while visiting an orphanage. Six men, six women, and five children, ranging from eight months to 15 years in age, were taken hostage, in addition to a Haitian driver. Sixteen of the missionaries are American and one is Canadian. 

400 Mawozo is a notorious and violent gang that controls the Croix-des-Bouquets area where the orphanage resides. The gang is demanding a ransom of $1 million per person. White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said that the FBI, as well as other U.S. agencies, are working to bring the missionaries home safely. Kidnappings have increased in Haiti since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 6 and a devastating earthquake on August 14.

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