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Prayer for kidnappers deeply rooted in mission group's faith

Haiti US Kidnapped Missionaries
Posted at 10:04 PM, Oct 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-28 22:04:41-04

Relatives and supporters of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti are praying at least as much for the captors as the captives.

They’re tapping into a long history in their conservative Anabaptist tradition when they use phrases such as “Love your enemies,” “Forgive them,” and “Pray for the kidnappers.”

The missionaries from the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries were abducted Oct. 16 by a gang seeking ransom.

People “hope for a good outcome” to the crisis, said Wayne Wengerd, member of a steering committee representing the Amish in church-state relations.

But, he added: “We realize as Christians, as followers of Christ, there will be persecution.”