Hostages in Haiti – Divine Deliverance

Many of us have been praying the last three months of 2021 for seventeen hostages in Haiti.  We will open this post by looking at how their ordeal began.

Hostages in Haiti – kidnapped!

Christian Aid Ministries, a Christian relief mission, sent out seventeen missionaries who ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of poor children and others in Haiti.  On October 16, 2021, the team was returning from an orphanage they visited when the van they were driving came upon a roadblock.  They attempted to turn around and head the other way but were pursued by a truck that cut them off and forced them to stop.

Then gang members from the 400 Mawozo gang surrounded their van.

A sad awareness slunk into their hearts: they were being kidnapped!  With one gang vehicle in front of them and another behind, they were escorted quickly out of the area.  A Canadian member of the team who was driving the van was going too slow for the gang so they stopped and removed him from the van (but later reunited him with the group).

They were all taken to a small house and put in a 10-by-12-foot room.  There was not sufficient room for them to all lie down the first night.

It turns out they were hostages in Haiti for two months while people all over America, as well as Canada, were praying.  The team sang and prayed together every day.  And they were allowed to go outside of their room each day and spend time in the yard.  Much more can be said.  See the video link at the bottom of the page for more details.

The youngest hostages were a 3-year-old boy and a 10-month-old baby girl.

Beginnings of emancipation

Two of the hostages in Haiti were freed on Saturday, November 20.  On December 5, three more were released.

Many in America were praying and fasting for their deliverance.  This was in harmony, interestingly, with Acts 12:5 and 12.

We will have more to say about Acts 12 shortly.  But please watch the following video first.

Hostages in Haiti – Divine deliverance


Do you remember Peter’s miraculous deliverance from prison in Acts 12?  Herod Agrippa I had just killed James the brother of John.  Though this was shocking, it came as no surprise.  Jesus had told James and John they would drink the cup He drinks (Matt. 20:23), referring to His suffering on the cross.

On the night following James’ death, Peter was being held in prison by Herod, chained to two guards.  He was sleeping, even though the next day he would probably suffer the same fate as James.

But Jesus had other plans.  It was not unlike a time several decades earlier when the plans of Herod Agrippa’s grandfather had also been scrubbed by Almighty God (Matt. 2:1-18).  And, in both cases, the demise of each earthly king followed shortly after.

And so, being led by an angel (Acts 12:11), Peter walked out of the prison unnoticed, past guards and prison doors.

This is the type of miracle the twelve remaining hostages in Haiti experienced.  Had they been detected by the armed guards where they were held, while they made their escape, they would most likely not be alive.  As with Peter, Jesus sent His angel to give a Divine deliverance to them.  His hand and presence were directing them.  He gave them a miraculous escape!

hostages in Haiti

The song they loved to sing

Psalm 34:7 says, “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.”  This was a song the hostages in Haiti loved to sing, and it turns out to be the way Jesus delivered them!

Hear more details about the experience of the hostages in Haiti.

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© James Unruh 2021 and beyond

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