Sunday, December 5, 2021

Kidnapping of missionaries in Haiti shows perils of religious workers abroad

The organizer of the kidnapping was sentenced to four years in prison. Later, the incident became the plot of the American film “The Saratov Approach”.

Somalia

Scott Adam had a successful Hollywood career – working on film and television hits such as Goofs and Love Boat – when he had a religious revival and became a Christian pastor.

He and his wife Jean dedicated their lives to spreading the Scriptures around the world, set sail on their 58-foot yacht, and distributed Bibles in different languages ​​in remote corners of the globe.

The couple and two friends were sailing off the coast of Oman in 2011 when their yacht Quest, named after the church where Scott Adam worked, was attacked by Somali pirates.

US Navy warships were sent to negotiate with the hostage takers, but the pirates shot and killed the Adams and their friends.

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Ecuador

In 1957, five Americans flew into a remote rainforest in eastern Ecuador in hopes of bringing Christianity to the Waorani indigenous people. After radio communication with the base station was cut off, a search began and the men were found dead, killed by spears.

The story took an unexpected turn when Elizabeth Elliot, the wife of one of the victims, returned to the region a few years later with her three-year-old daughter. She lived with the Waorani for two years, later telling LIFE magazine that she understood why the missionaries were killed. According to her, the killer “tried to preserve his way of life, his freedom.” “In America, we reward people for defending their country.”

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