Prayer for kidnappers deeply rooted in mission group’s faith

  • FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, a man and woman hold children as they walk on the grounds of the Christian Aid Ministries headquarters in Titanyen, Haiti. Seventeen members of the CAM have been kidnapped. A joint statement by the hostages’ families said “God has given our loved ones the unique opportunity to live out our Lord’s command to, 'love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you.'” (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

When Amish gather for worship each week, they regularly sing the solemn, German-dialect hymns that their spiritual forebears composed nearly five centuries ago in a condition akin to that of 17 missionaries recently kidnapped in Haiti — captivity.