All 17 missionaries who were held captive in Haiti for two months are free and one step closer to returning home safely.
Six of them are from Oceana County and Hart Dunkard Brethren Church members.
Pease and praised God were the three words Pastor Ron Marks felt when he received a text this morning from Christian Aid Ministries saying, “everyone is free, praise God.”
“I knew the FBI was involved, I do not know to what extent, I do not know what the final terms were, I just know they’re free,” said Pastor Ron Marks from Hart Dunkard Brethren Church.
The six hostages from Dunkard Brethren Church in Hart are a mother and five of her children.
“For all I gather, they were treated relatively well. I am still waiting to hear the rest of their story. I’m sure they weren’t treated supremely, and life in Haiti is hard even its best,” said Pastor Marks. “I think if there had been any severe problems, any injuries, or any illnesses that they had, we would have probably heard.”
Pastor Marks believes they are still in Haiti.
I guess when I hear they’re back on the soil of this country, I will feel another sense of relief again,” said Pastor Marks.
When they return, their congregation and community are ready to welcome them home with open arms and relief.
“First of all, we’ve been to ask God to prepare us. We had some good information that was given from Christian Aid Ministries, and we were hoping to be able to utilize that,” said Pastor Marks. “The main point we’ve been given is Listen, welcome and love.”