We have been reporting on the story of a group of missionaries kidnapped in Haiti since it broke a few months ago.
Last week, we were able to share the very good news that the remaining 12 hostages were freed and have made it back to safety:
The kidnappers were demanding $1 million ransom for each person taken captive. And given that these were American citizens, and they were now back in safe hands, the assumption was that the government or someone else paid the ransom.
But this story has a much more interesting ending than that.
According to Christian Aid Ministries, the sending group for this mission, as CBN News reports, the kidnapped evangelists did not wait for a ransom, they instead chose the much bolder path of escaping from their captors under the dead of night with all their children.
Here's the story:
"The hostages were sensing God nudging them to attempt an escape," said the ministry's spokesman Weston Showalter. "Over the time of their captivity, God gave various hostages a desire to attempt an escape."
"After much discussion and prayer, they became solidly united that God seemed to be leading them this way." He said they sought specific signs from God, and He confirmed over and over that the timing wasn't right yet. Then, the night of Wednesday, December 15 arrived.
"When they sensed the timing was right, they found a way to open the door that was closed and blocked, filed silently to the path that they had chosen to follow, and quickly left the place that they were held despite the fact that numerous guards were close by," Showalter said. "In the distance, they could see a mountain feature that they had recognized and identified in the previous days. They identified this landmark before and they knew that this was the direction they needed to go. They also followed the sure guidance of the stars as they journeyed through the night, traveling toward safety."
"After a number of hours of walking, day began to dawn and they eventually found someone who helped to make a phone call for help," he said, his voice beginning to choke. "They were finally free."
When can the production start on this movie? What an amazing story!
They break open the door in the middle of the night, ninja-sneak past the guards, followed the stars and landmarks towards safety, and walked for hours, all with numerous children and infant in-tow.
This is a story of real, God-given courage and faith.