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Ridgeland missionaries halt trips to Haiti after 17 Americans kidnapped

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 8:56 AM CDT
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RIDGELAND, Miss. (WLBT) - But God Ministries in Ridgeland has stopped all visits to Haiti after news surfaced of American missionaries abruptly kidnapped there.

Efforts to win the return of 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group and a local driver stretched into a fourth day Wednesday, with a violent gang demanding $1 million ransom per person.

The group seized includes five children aged from 8 months to 15 years, although authorities were not clear whether the ransom demand included them, a top Haitian official said Tuesday.

Sixteen of the abductees are Americans and one Canadian.

But God Ministries spoke with Melissa Faith Payne about their Haitian experiences, their work that’s happening right now in the country, and why the ministry says, “it’s not the time to quit in Haiti.”

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