World Teen - Main Article
 
Signup Teachers & Parents
Kidnapped Missionaries in Haiti
News Bytes 10/21/2021 67 Comments

Negotiations for the lives of missionaries in Haiti have stretched on since the Saturday snatching. A violent gang kidnapped 17 members of a mission group. That gang is demanding $1 million ransom per person. What extreme weather and a presidential assassination haven’t damaged in Haiti, it appears the kidnapping chaos will.

Saturday’s abduction was the largest of its kind reported in recent years. Haitian gangs have grown more brazen as the country tries to recover from the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse (see Haiti President Assassinated) and the earthquake that killed more than 2,200 people.

The abduction is one of at least 119 kidnappings recorded in Haiti for the first half of October, according to the Center of Analysis and Research of Human Rights.

Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries says the group of the missing includes six women, six men, and five children. A Haitian driver was abducted along with the missionaries, bringing the total to 18 people taken by the gang. The children are aged eight months to 15 years. Sixteen are Americans and one is Canadian.

Conservative Mennonite, Amish, and related groups support Christian Aid Ministries. Christian Aid has year-round mission staff in Haiti and several countries. It ships faith-centered, educational, and medical supplies throughout the world.

The missionaries were returning from visiting an orphanage at the time of the abduction.

An official says someone from the 400 Mawozo gang made the ransom demand Saturday. The requirement came in a call to a leader of the mission group shortly after the abduction.

Stealing another human being for financial gain is appalling. Under Old Testament law, kidnappers were often put to death. (Exodus 21) In the New Testament, God condemns kidnappers as lawless and rebellious. (1 Timothy 9) It’s clear that this kind of thievery is something God hates.

The missionaries have worked hard in the country. “This group of workers has been committed to minister throughout poverty-stricken Haiti,” the Ohio group says. An official added that the missionaries worked most recently on a project to help rebuild homes lost in Haiti’s magnitude-7.2 earthquake in August.

“They do a lot for us,” says Haitian Beatrice Jean.

Responding to the recent wave of kidnappings, Haitian workers staged a protest strike. The strike shuttered businesses, schools, and public transportation. The work stoppage was a new blow to Haiti’s weak economy. Unions and other groups vow to continue the shutdown indefinitely.

In a peaceful demonstration Tuesday, dozens of people walked through the streets. They demanded the release of the captives. Some carried signs that read “Free the Americans” and “No to Kidnapping!” Some signs explained that the missionaries help pay bills and build roads and schools.

Meanwhile, the country’s fuel shortage worsened. Businesses blame gangs for blocking roads and gas terminals. On Tuesday, hundreds of motorcycles zoomed through the streets of Port-au-Prince as drivers yelled, “If there’s no fuel, we’re going to burn it all down!”

One protest took place near the prime minister’s residence, where police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd demanding fuel.

In Washington, White House press secretary Jen Psaki reports that the FBI is “part of a coordinated U.S. government effort” to free the missionaries. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince is coordinating with local officials and the hostages’ families. However, it is longstanding U.S. policy not to negotiate with hostage takers.

“We know these groups target U.S. citizens who they assume have the resources and finances to pay ransoms, even if that is not the case,” Psaki says, adding that the government has urged U.S. citizens not to visit Haiti.

Pray for those kidnapped in Haiti—and for those who kidnapped them, that they might realize the error of their ways.

(Security forces patrol the streets of Croix-des-Bouquets, near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. AP/Matias Delacroix)

Leave a comment
  • Keep comments on topic and related to the subject matter of the article. (Off-topic comments will be deleted.)
  • Be respectful of everyone, including other readers as well as individuals in the news stories. Disagree politely.
  • Do not post links to websites outside of WORLDteen.
  • Keep personal information such as full name, age, location, and contact information private.
  • Read your comment before posting to be sure you have typed what you wish to say in public.
Sorry you are not allowed to publish comments. If this is the first time you are seeing this message please log out and back in. If you continue to see this message and believe this to be in error please reach out to member services.

Most recent comments

1st comment

Oh no that is terrible! Especially for those kids. An eight month baby! I hope they will let their price down a little and we can get them out of there! Haiti is such a mess and needs a lot of prayer right now.

2nd comment

Oh dear! i hope my dad's team can help [he works with Samaritan's Purse].

3rd comment

Woah. This is awful! I'm really glad this never happened to my family (while we were in China), it would be so scary.

oof

oof

this is Micah

That is really scary. Idk what else to say.

@Jonathan

That's cool, my extended family packs boxes every year at our thanksgiving celebration,
Also, Riley, i completely agree

@Riley D

I hope that we go back to our old policy. "We don't negotiate with terrorists" -Ronald Reagan 1985
We should not give them any money, just send in the military and free the missionaries.

8th Comment

Man, this is terrible, I really hope that they do not capture anymore people! My family has some missionaries that we help support that are in Haiti, I guess we should all pray for the people that got kidnaped and that nobody will kidnap and more people.
@ Asher: I totally agree with you, there is no way that you can negotiate with terrorists

@ Everyone

we know someone that her brother was in the same group but for some reason he stayed back and now the rest got kidnapped
@Asher E If you go in and fight get them back the chance goes down that you will actually bring all of the missionaries Mozo 400 is a huge gang( they occupy half of port au prince )and they could easily just split the missionaries up or they could quickly kill them if the army does come .I agree we should not send money because then they could just kidnap more people or just keep the money and not release the people . The only negotiation they could do would be " Hey you messed with the wrong people here if you don't do this peaceably we might have to use force and end MOZO 400, either you give them up or reap the consequences ." So they are stil deciding what todo and that's why they didn't do it right away.
( also you shouldn't negotiate all the time( Communism *coughcough*)

@offtopic

Hey guys, I'm almost at 1,000 verses memorized. Should I go to bible bee next year? It looks a little cutthroat for me. But I also have like a year to practice.

@ontopic

This is terrible. Well, as long as they're doing God's work they are safe.

This is Mylee

:(. This makes me so sad. Yes we do need to pray. This is scary.

@ David P

You should definitely do Bible Bee!

Wuh oh, that's a sticky one.

Wuh oh, that's a sticky one. Hope everything turns out ok.

@N&MA

But you have to be part of a group, right? I'm not in any group yet.

@Asher

100% agreed.

@Above

@Jonathan M: That is cool he works with Samartins Purse! My family packs shoeboxes each year, and we also help out at our local collection center sometimes!
@David P: Yes you should try!

@Asher E.

Your comment actually made me laugh. You see the irony in quoting Ronald Regan and saying we shouldn't give money to terrorists, don't you?

@Riley D and N&MA

I'm still not sure if i'll be able to do it next summer. We are probably going to be on trips, and do you have to do it together as a group? There isn't really a group near us (but lemme checK) But could you also do it in an online group?

@ David P

You do not have to do it with a group, (I don't have a group). There was an online group this year bc of COVID, I don't know about next year, but there is an online Participant Community for registered participants and that is really helpful to first-timers. And there are plenty of people who host study meetings/Q and A meetings over zoom, those are really helpful to.
I did it this year, even though I knew we would have trips and such. And last year I was really sick and was pretty much studying between surgeries and such and I qualified 48th place xDDD This year we were out of town for a week and then out with COVID for two weeks and I was still able to Qualify 17th place so...it really depends on how you manage your time...and a lot of people do it just for fun, and don't even compete. :)

@N&MA

Did you accomplish 48th and 17th place from your local team? And I also memorize for fun, too.

@ Above

I don't have a local team...that was my rank for the Summer Study (also known as Locals) I don't have a host and no one else in my state does Bible bee......
I ranked 46th in Nationals last year, and this year I haven't found out yet...I'm guessing 120th xDD LOL

That's horrible !

That's horrible !

@N&MA

no one else does bible bee in your state? what? And how many verses did you memorize in nationals?

lol yeah...its sad xP So for

lol yeah...its sad xP So for Nationals last year Juniors had 704 verses for Nats and Seniors had....900 somethign I forget....this year Juniors have 748 verses and Seniors have 951 (for KJV)

For the Summer Study Seniors

For the Summer Study Seniors had around 60 and Juniors had 48.

Just for Memory Passages, not

Just for Memory Passages, not counting CRs, Discovery Journal, Greek/Hebrew Words, Outlines, Background etc,

Not true

BY DAVID P
This is terrible. Well, as long as they're doing God's work they are safe.

God does not always keep the people working for him safe. but whatever does happen will be in His plan. Think about all th disiples except John. They all got myrtered and think about Stephan the Bibile is full of people who died for there faith.

@N&MA

Wait bible bee uses KJV? What if I used NKJV? Would they still count that? Also, would I have to memorize more verses, after all I've done?

Caleb A

If youre trying to cause trouble, i'm not going to respond hereafter to your comment.

@ David P

Bible Bee has the options of: KJV, NKJV, ESV, NASB and NIV.
I'm not sure what you mean by "Also, would I have to memorize more verses, after all I've done?" But they give you certain passages to memorize and that will be what you have to study/memorize for the competition. Whatever you have memorized on your own will not count for the competition. Does that make sense?

@N&MA

Yes, that does make sense. I wonder If I should even do it now. What I meant was the almost 6 books I have memorized, I now understand that it will not count. That's too bad. Also, most of my family uses NASB.

Well, if you memorize a book

Well, if you memorize a book and they pick the book for the Study Passage then you could use what you already know to help you...I've memorized tons of verses on my own and almost every Memory Passage has a verse I have already memorized in it.

@N&MA

Ok that makes sense.

Horrible! It makes me realize

Horrible! It makes me realize how lucky I am to live in America! We don't realize how blessed we really are!

There's a couple in my church

There's a couple in my church who are related to some of the people that got kidnapped. That would be so scary...I can hardly imagine.

this is Zack

@ Riley D the whole Middle East is kind of a mess right now

@Zack L

Yes, that is true. A lot of the world though, including America, is a mess, in my opinion.

I have a query...

For TroubleShooting with Hesperus D.
Reporter: Mr. D how do you fell about Zootopia and Chickfilla yourself.
Mr. D: (Hesperus just copy this and when ever it says Mr. D put in what you think about the question at hand)
Reporter: Thank you Mr. D. but the Current polls say you are sus. And that u hate Among us.
Mr.D:
Reporter: Okay? OW a rubber eating Zombie just bit me! and a Chickfilla hating Biden is banning it from all of the USA! MR.D will u save us?!?!?!?!?
Mr.D:
To Be continued....

@ Everyone

THIS IS KIND OF WHAT IS HAPPENEING IN AFGANSTAN. WE DEFINITLY SHOULD NOT NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS WE HAVE PLENTY OF MILLITARY DEFENSE I SAY THEY SHOULD SEND IN THE TROOPS. THAT IS WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE WITH THE AMERICANS IN AFGANISTAN AND THAT IS WHAT THEY SHOULD DO NOW! IF ANYONE IS OFFENED I AM SORRY BUT I AM VERY POLITICAL AND EXTREMELY OPINIONATED.

@ Morgan

You are definitly right we don't relize how truly blessed we are in America. We have the right to freedom of religion, free press and speech, right to petition for grievances, right to privacy, right to own private property, right to travel freely, right to habeas corpus, right to trail by jury, right to free elections and secret ballots, right to service of the government, right to freedom from arbitrary government regulation and control, right to work in callings and localities of our choice, right to bargain for goods and services in free market, right to contract about our affairs, right to go in business, compete, and make a profit, and most importantly the right to OWN, KEEP AND BEAR ARMS! well the last one is second most important, the right to worship GOD is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing.

@ Franz

you have a point. as Americans we should protect our people but we do need to give them a chance to see their error before we attack. But I will say they DEFINITLY messed with the wrong country!!!!!!! Also as Christians the Bible says we are to love our enemies and bless those who curse us. I think we need to tell them to surrender the missionaries and if they don't then we should send in the millitary.

NO OFFENSE

In my opinion, the KJV is the ONLY right version. A lot of the time with the other versions the take out some of the real meaning and virtues. I don't mean to offend anybody.

@ Above

I think there are some pretty close translations out there, (I use KJV btw) and after studying translations and Greek KJV isn't the closest translation but still pretty good :) And I do not agree with people taking out or paraphrasing the bible :0 (lots of version do that and lots don't)

And I agree about other

And I agree about other versions taking out the the real meaning and virtues even if its a close translation. :/

@Lydia P

KJV is not the only right version. Do you know where it says (in kjv) '"Money is the root of ALL evil"? I don't think that is scripturally accurate. And if everyone started reading KJV, not a lot of unsaved might understand it (I don't mean the rich, well to-do people. they can understand it. The people off the street might not). And God NEVER said that he sponsors only KJV. You are putting a human-made boundary on yourself. Now I would say that KJV is a great translation, and so are the others. And also please give me an example of other translations taking out the real meaning and virutues, and give me the translation (plz not from nlt, revised standard version, or other old ones[nlt is a new one, though]

@Lydia P and NandMa

And you both don't like NKJV? Also most scholars say that NASB is better. The bible was not written to sound so poetic, and so nice, but to bring the light. And I've heard NASB from my family, and I don't really like it, but it does sound accurate. And Nandma could you also give me an example?

@ David P

Actually, some of the Bible was written to sound poetic, at least in the Hebrew language. For example Psalms and Proverbs.

@ David P

But I DO agree with what you said about KJV not being the only right version....

@Hannah

well yeah, sure, but not like hebrews. One example of poeticness in the kjv is: "that we might be partakers of his holiness." (hebrews 12 btw) and then "so that we may share His holiness" in NASB. You see what i'm saying? Nasb may sound weird, but it certainly is more accurate.

Pages

Check out one of the interesting topics below
Explain IT!

Explain-IT trains you to understand the how’s and why’s of man-made inventions and ideas.

Learn More
Pop Smart

Pop! SMART provides tools that equip teenagers with the kinds of insights they need to wisely navigate today’s popular culture in a way that’s fun and engaging.

Learn More
Pie in the Sky

Everyone daydreams, and as it should be. Good dreams aside, our culture is a natural enemy of serenity and hope. God has equipped you for great things.

Learn More
People Mover

True stories are incredibly powerful. They bring meaning to our lives—communicating the truths we can’t afford to live without.

Learn More
Mud Room

Mud Room helps you relate to the news by exploring the details behind the stories in the headlines that relate to earth sciences.

Learn More
Globe Trek

Globe Trek will take you from the living room sofa to the mountains of Uzbekistan and from the screen of their smart phone to a Chilean plantation.

Learn More
Ka Ching!

ka-Ching! takes a look at important principles of money and economics through relatable examples from everyday life.

Learn More
Law 'N Order

Law ‘N Order captures your imagination through civics, focusing on the idea that everyone can make a difference in life.

Learn More

User login