The last 12 Christian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
and held in captivity for two months found their freedom by escaping, according to their charity group, Christian Aid Ministries, and several other sources.
In a first-hand account shared with the organization by one of the hostages, the group credited “the Lord” with saving them. One of the kidnapped missionaries described their plans to make their escape sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on the night of Wednesday, Dec. 15, when members of the gang holding them changed shifts.
“We made preparations. We packed our bag with some of our belongings,” said Sam Stoltzfus, who works with Christian Aid Ministries and was one of the group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti on Oct. 16. “We were scared; of course we were scared.”
They packed water, moved their mattresses and found a way to open the door that was loosely secured.
On the morning they escaped, Stoltzfus said, “our legs were like jelly; we were shaking.”