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Over the last month, we’ve been praying for the safety and deliverance of the 17 American and Canadian missionaries who were kidnapped in Haiti.

The missionaries, who are from Christian Aid Ministries in Ohio, were abducted by the gang 400 Mawozo on October 16. The gang has threatened the lives of the missionaries, which includes five men, seven women, and five children if a $17 million ransom is not paid.

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While the Biden administration has said there is evidence that at least some of the missionaries are still alive, the government is now urging all U.S. citizens to leave the embattled country immediately.

“U.S. citizens should carefully consider the risks of traveling to or remaining in Haiti in light of the current security situation and infrastructure challenges," said the State Department in a statement on Wednesday. “The U.S. Embassy is unlikely to be able to assist U.S. citizens in Haiti with departure if commercial options become unavailable.”

While it is unknown how many Americans are currently in Haiti, the message is clear: it simply isn’t worth the risk. And certainly, no one wants a replay of what happened in Afghanistan when the Taliban took control of the country.

As for the missionaries, Christian Aid Ministries continues to do its best to keep people updated on the situation.

“Tomorrow it will be one month since our workers and loved ones were taken hostage in Haiti,” said the ministry in an update on Monday. “We request your continued patience and prayer as we work with this difficult situation. Many people, including CAM management and government authorities, are working diligently to bring our loved ones home safely. We are grateful for the assistance of those knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with kidnapping cases.”

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Last week, the ministry revealed that the hostages’ family members are struggling as they wait for news, encouraging people to continue to pray.

“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,” the statement read.
“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!"

In its latest update, the ministry provided some specific prayer requests:

  • Pray for endurance for the hostages as they face day after day in captivity. Ask God to protect them and encourage them. Pray especially for the children who are being held, that they would sense God’s presence.

  • Ask God to give courage to the families of the hostages as they await news about their loved ones. Their trust in God has been a powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness.

  • Remember government authorities who are working on the case. Pray that God would give them wisdom.

  • Pray that God would touch the hearts of the kidnappers and draw them to Himself. Their souls are precious to God.

Please join us as we lift up these requests and continue praying for the hostages, their families, and all those involved in this horrific situation.

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