The 24-hour prayer effort to save Haiti’s hostages


It’s time for Oasis Christian Fellowship in Schaefferstown, PA.

Earl Horst, an elder, learned of the kidnapping hours after it happened. A church family who had spent years in Haiti heard the first one, and the next morning when someone saw the prayer chain spreadsheet that was also circulating on WhatsApp, the church broke down. registered.

The conservative Anabaptist congregation meets at a rented fire station, and there was a church lunch that day. Members prayed for Haiti over a frog stew, a common meal of shared potatoes, sausage, shrimp and corn.

Mr Horst had pledged to pray during the time slot for three days, but on Monday he found himself unexpectedly busy at the agreed time. He prayed for 15 minutes, then asked his wife to cover the next 15 minutes, to make sure the whole half hour was covered.

Night has fallen and families at Fincastle Mennonite Church of 80 in Virginia begin.

Timothy Weaver, a 40-year-old bishop, thought about the couple he knew who ran a discipleship program with Christian Aid Ministries in Lesvos, Greece, and how as a teenager he went with the ministry in Jarrell, in Texas, to rebuild after a tornado. When Kenya has an election, it prays more fervently for the church missionaries there.

“We died for our faith, especially at the beginning,” he said. “So we are ready to do it, but we are certainly praying for life. We pray for deliverance.

The suffering also looks like a warning for the future, he said. “I believe the church will be confronted more and more with this sort of thing, and not just abroad,” he said. “We’re just going to face more and more oppression for what we believe.”

About 650 miles north in Milverton, Ont., Ezra Streicher, 73, has the same time slot as the Fincastle believers.

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