By Bobby Ross Jr. | Religion Unplugged
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As a result, when violence and war flare in those places, the news doesn’t seem a million miles away. Instead, I envision real people and places.
The same is true of Haiti, where I reported on a well-drilling ministry in 2018. We took safety precautions, but I never felt unsafe as I traveled with a U.S. mission team in the capital of Port-au-Prince.
The latest: a gang’s kidnapping of six men, six women and five children working with Christian Aid Ministries, a global missionary organization based in Millersburg, Ohio. A gang leader has threatened to kill the hostages if a ransom of $1 million per head is not paid.
Coverage of the mission group by the New York Times’ Ruth Graham and Elizabeth Dias resonates with me.
”Christian missionary workers typically labor in obscurity, running medical clinics, building wells and delivering Bibles without fanfare — until crisis erupts,” Graham and Dias write.
Here at ReligionUnplugged.com, Michael Ray Smith talks to missions leaders about the surging number of kidnappings in Haiti, where gangs have gained control of roughly half the capital.
This column appears in the online magazine Religion Unplugged.