Hijacked American Christian Evangelists Need Our Prayers!

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Scott and Jean Adam


The American captives are Christian evangelists:

Jean and Scott Adam, a couple from California who has been sailing around the world since December 2004, according to a website the Adams keep. Two other Americans were also believed to be on board.
The Adams website chronicles the couple’s travels over the last seven years, from El Salvador and Panama in 2005 to Fiji in 2007 and Singapore and Cambodia last year. They most recently sailed from Thailand to Sri Lanka and India and were on their way to Oman when captured. Djibouti — the tiny East African country north of Somalia — had been next on their list. A satellite tracking system the couple uses showed them docked in Mumbai, India on Feb. 1.
The Adams…run a Bible ministry, according to their website, and have been distributing Bibles to schools and churches in remote villages in areas including the Fiji Islands, Alaska, New Zealand, Central America and French Polynesia. The Adams carry both Catholic and Protestant versions of the Bible, and at several different reading levels….

On the likelihood of the pirates hurting the American captives:

Pirates have recently tied hostages upside down and dragged them in the sea, locked them in freezers, beaten them and used plastic ties around their genitals, the commander of the European Union anti-piracy force, Maj. Gen. Buster Howes told AP this month. Pirates have turned increasingly violent in their attacks, and naval officials say pirates have begun systematically torturing hostages and using them as human shields.
The pirates are unlikely to hurt the four Americans because they won’t win any ransom money if they do, said Graeme Gibbon-Brooks, the head of Dryad Maritime Intelligence. He argued that the pirates would be wise to abandon the yacht because the hijacking threatens their business model, which relies on ransoms from large shipping and insurance companies. “They risk the collapse of their business model if they change their status quo and the American government deems that they pose an immediate threat to the safety of American citizens,” he said. “They’ve made a mistake and it’s in the Somalis’ business interest to get off the yacht as soon as possible.”
The pirates from Puntland are not hardline Islamists and the fact the Adams carry Bibles is not likely to be a problem. Pirates in Puntland are known to spend their ransom spoils on alcohol, drugs and prostitutes.
But the prison sentence given to Muse this week could have implications for the four American hostages. [He’s the] Somali pirate…sentenced to 33 years in prison by a New York court for the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama. That case ended in a spectacular rescue when Navy sharpshooters killed two pirates holding the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips…. Earlier this week a pirate told an Associated Press reporter in Somalia that pirates would target Americans in retaliation for the sentencing. The pirate, who identified himself by the name Hassan, said Americans would suffer “regrettable consequences.”

What the Obama administration is doing:

The U.S. military was monitoring the situation. Matt Goshko, a spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, which oversees Somalia, said reports indicate there are four U.S. citizens aboard the Quest. “All relevant U.S. agencies are monitoring the situation, working to develop further information, assess options and possible responses,” Goshko said.

Source: “Somali pirates hijack 4 Americans in yacht; US assessing options, possible responses,” by Abdi Guled, Canadian Press, Feb 19, 2011.
~Eowyn
UPDATE: The 4 americans were found dead today, Feb. 21, off the Somali coast.

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0 responses to “Hijacked American Christian Evangelists Need Our Prayers!

  1. May the Lord comfort them, keep them safe in the midst of evil and bring them home.
    Teddy Roosevelt would have sent in the Marines.

     
  2. Why would God ignore the needs of those that are risking their lives to spread his Word? Is it possible that he doesn’t exist? Makes more sense than a Christian God turning his back to thousands of heartfelt prayers asking for his power to release his flock.

     
    • To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
      Contrary to what agnostics and atheists think, death is not the worst thing that can happen to someone. And for all you know, those 4 folks were prepared to meet death. Missionaries accept it as part as the gig.

       
    • david,
      Yours is the knotty problem of Theodicy: Why does a good God allow evil to exist? – a question that has vexed theologians through the ages.
      I can’t claim to know better than the brightest minds who have wrestled with this conundrum, but if God were to interfere on behalf of the good (in this case the 4 American evangelists), that would contravene a basic principle/rule of the Universe — Free Will — which is also God’s greatest gift to human beings. Take away Free Will, then Good and Evil have no meaning, for what meaning is “goodness” if we had not freely chosen to be good? For that matter, without free will, what good is our loving God if He had coerced our love?
      If these nettlesome questions in Theology had easy and satisfactory answers, faith and religion would not be in the epistemological domain of Metaphysics; they would instead be in the Empirical domain of science.
      In the end, we each must ask ourselves these questions:
      1. From the perspectives of LOGIC (Thomas Aquinas’ first cause and first mover argument) and EMPIRICISM (Darwinian theory of evolution’s Achilles’ heel: the absence of “missing links” in fossils, not just the missing link between pre-homo sapiens primates and fully human homo sapiens, but esp. the “missing link” between non-flowering and flowering plants), can we really say that God doesn’t exist? To claim that there is no God would require one to know EVERYTHING there is in the Universe (in order to determine the absence of God), which of course is an impossibility, which is why I think atheists are arrogant and foolish.
      2. Do you choose to believe that everything (including you) is just an accident, a cosmic joke, or would you rather believe that Life and the Universe have meaning and purpose?

       

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