There has been a major development in the search for 17 missionaries in Haiti. The Associated Press has reported that two missionaries from Christian Aid Ministries were freed after being kidnapped by members of the 400 Mawozo Gang on October 16. The report says that the two missionaries are "in good spirits and being cared for." However, the Ohio-based church organization did not provide their names or any more information as to why they may have been targeted.
"We have learned that two of the hostages in Haiti were released. We praise God for this! Only limited information can be provided, but we are able to report that the two hostages who were released are safe, in good spirits, and being cared for. We cannot provide or confirm the names of those released, the reasons for their release, where they are from, or their current location. We ask that those who have more specific information about the release and the individuals involved would safeguard that information," a statement from the group reads.
According to reports, the 400 Mawozo Gang allegedly kidnapped all 17 of these missionaries in October. Of the group, 16 are U.S. citizens and one is a Canadian citizen with the youngest being 8 months old. The Associated Press also claims that the group's driver was kidnapped as well. In exchange for their safe return, the gang is reportedly demanding $1 million per person. The FBI is currently working to secure the safe return of the 18 kidnapped individuals.
"We encourage you to continue to pray for the full resolution of this situation. While we rejoice at this release, our hearts are with the fifteen people who are still being held. Continue to lift up the remaining hostages before the Lord," the group's statement adds.
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