By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
The Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) group supporting the 16 detained Americans and one Canadian confirmed the release Sunday.
“We have learned that two of the hostages in Haiti were released. We praise God for this!” the group added in a statement.
All 17 missionaries were kidnapped by the powerful street gang 400 Mawozo, which demanded a $1 million ransom for each victim.
The U.S., Canadian and Haitian governments have been working toward their release.
CAM declined to “provide or confirm the names of those released, the reasons for their release, where they are from, or their current location.”
It added that “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.”
CAM said it had to “ask that those who have more specific information about the release and the individuals involved would safeguard that information” amid security concerns.
400 Mawozo has gained notoriety in Haiti for its use of mass kidnappings and abducting groups such as Christian clergy that were previously considered off-limits.
The kidnapping of the missionaries also underscored broader concerns about the security situation in Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.
Haiti is suffering an increase in abductions that analysts say is the worst in the country’s history.
Amid the turmoil, CAM stressed encouraging Christians to “pray for the full resolution of this situation.”
CAM cautioned that while they “rejoice” at the release of two missionaries, “our hearts are with the fifteen people who are still being held.”
The group urged those praying “to continue to lift the remaining hostages before the Lord.”
CAM, quoting Psalm 145:3, said, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.”
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