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Christian Aid Ministries Issues Urgent Call to Prayer After 17 Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti

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Photo from Christian Aid Ministries website reagarding rebuilding efforts following recent hurricane in Haiti.

By Tom Campisi

Christian Aid Ministries announced that 17 of its missionaries were abducted in Haiti while on a trip to visit an orphanage on Saturday, October 16.

In a press release, the Ohio-based ministry asked for urgent prayer: “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,” the press release said.

According to MinistryWatch.com, a U.S. government spokesperson said officials were aware of the reports on the kidnapping.  “The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State,” the spokesperson said, declining further comment.

MinistryWatch.com also reported that a senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States is in touch with Haitian authorities to try to resolve the case.

Christian Aid Ministries, referenced Psalm 91, a prayer of protection, in its announcement: “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.”

According to its website, Christian Aid Ministries, founded in 1981, “seeks to be a trustworthy and efficient channel for Amish, Mennonite, and other conservative Anabaptist groups and individuals to minister to physical and spiritual needs around the world.”