Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Condemns Gang Violence Following the Murder of 8-Year-Old Girl

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently weighed in on the gang violence that plagues the Little Village area. In her statement following the drive-by shooting of 8-year-old girl Melissa Ortega, Lightfoot said that she has spoken to the mothers in the community. They told her that they are scared to get out of their homes and that they are afraid of their lives because gangs have taken over the community.
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They Confirm That All Former Hostages In Haiti Returned To The US

All the victims of a US missionary group who were kidnapped in Haiti have already left the country after two months of ordeal, announced the leader of his organization based in Ohio, who extended an offer of forgiveness to the captors. “Everyone, including a 10-month-old baby and two boys ages...
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Story on Christian Hostages Freed in Haiti Continues, AP Confirms Ransom Paid

Now Associated Press reporter Peter Smith’s story on Jan. 5 confirms that indeed a Good Samaritan came forward to pay a ransom. Christian Aid Ministries, (CAM), the Ohio based organization who had sponsored the Haiti mission, had denied or refused to answer questions about whether a ransom was paid in the days leading up to the Dec. 20 release of the last 12 of the 17 hostages.
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Haitian Prime Minister Escapes Assassination Attempt

Prime Minister of Haiti Ariel Henry evaded an assassination attempt this past weekend. As reported by the New York Times, Henry was attending an event marking the 218th anniversary of Haitian independence at a church in the city of Gonaïves. His office reported that armed shooters could not hit him as he and his entourage escaped.

Paying for freedom

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Wednesday, January 12th. We’re so glad you turned to WORLD Radio to help start your day. Good morning. I’m Mary Reichard. NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. Coming next on The World and Everything in It: mission work and ransom money.

Missionaries Say Some Ransom Was Paid In Their Release From Haiti

NEW YORK — After 17 kidnapped missionaries were released in Haiti last year, local law enforcement sources reported that a ransom was paid for their release during the negotiation process. But until recently, the nonprofit Christian Aid Ministries did not acknowledge any ransom payment made to the 400 Mawozo...
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United States, international community should support a ‘Plan Haiti’ | Opinion

Haiti’s challenges are multifaceted and multi-dimensional, and to address these problems, the international community, especially the United States, must engage Haiti differently. Unfortunately, the last three decades have shown that our policy towards Haiti has not worked, particularly for the Haitians. The 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands...

‘Ransom paid’ to free missionary hostages in Haiti

Workers with Christian Aid Ministries said a ransom paid by an unidentified person led to the release of three missionaries in Haiti who were among the group taken hostage in October, the Associated Press reported. The Ohio-based mission organization announced Dec. 16 that all remaining hostages had been freed. According...

Amazement at the gate

The Book of Acts records two miraculous jailbreaks. In Acts 16, an earthquake throws open the prison doors, prompting the release of Paul and Silas. In Acts 12, chains fall from Peter’s wrists and an angel leads him out, right past two guards. The annals of bold breaks from...

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On Oct. 16, six members of the Noecker family of Shelby were abducted along with 11 others while serving as missionaries in Haiti. The group had just visited an orphanage outside of Port-au-Prince when they were taken by members of the 400 Mawozo gang. The gang demanded $1 million in ransom for each hostage. Ray Noecker did not travel with his family to the orphanage, as he stayed back at the missionary camp to write a sermon. His wife, Cheryl and five of their children, ranging in age from 6 to 27, were kidnapped. Not all of the family’s children traveled with them to Haiti.

Ransom freed some Haiti hostages, CAM workers say

Christian Aid Ministries workers confirmed an unidentified person paid a ransom for three CAM hostages released on Dec. 5 in Haiti, the Associated Press reported on Jan. 5. The workers said an agreement was supposed to have led to the release of all the captives. They said the person who...

Anonymous donor paid Haiti missionary ransom

Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries confirmed Thursday that an anonymous person paid a ransom to the gang that kidnapped 17 missionaries in Haiti in October. The gang, known as the 400 Mawozo, had initially demanded $1 million per person. At a Dec. 20 news conference, ministry officials revealed someone offered to pay the ransom. In public remarks since then, staffers saif the organization has a no-ransom policy and tried instead to offer food boxes for the captives. Eventually, the ministry agreed to negotiate with the gang leaders through a third party.

Ransom Freed Some Missionary Hostages In Haiti, Workers Say

Workers for an Ohio-based missionary organization say an unidentified person made a ransom payment that freed three of their kidnapped colleagues from a Haitian gang in early December. That ransom agreement was supposed to have led to the release of all 15 of the North American hostages. But ex-hostages and...

Ransom was paid for missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

A ransom was paid for the missionaries held hostage in Haiti, said the husband and father of six of the now-released hostages. “There had been a ransom agreement reached with the hostage takers,” said Ray Noecker, whose wife and five children were among the 17 people kidnapped by a Haitian gang on Oct. 16. Noecker was speaking at a Jan. 2 prayer luncheon held in thanksgiving for the release of his family.

Michigan Community Welcomes Home Family Kidnapped In Haiti

Hart, Michigan, has welcomed home a family of Christian missionaries who were kidnapped in Haiti. A luncheon and prayer service was held Sunday afternoon for the family that attends Dunkard Brethren Church in Oceana County. In October, members of the 400 Mawozo gang in Haiti abducted Cheryl Noecker her five...