Woman’s kidnapping sparks prayer vigil in Michigan

Some 1,000 people attended a vigil in Livonia, Michigan, on Wednesday evening to pray for the safe return of a pair of American missionaries who were kidnapped in Haiti just outside of the capital…

Woman's kidnapping sparks prayer vigil in Michigan

Some 1,000 people attended a vigil in Livonia, Michigan, on Wednesday evening to pray for the safe return of a pair of American missionaries who were kidnapped in Haiti just outside of the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

The women, Theresa Tengwall, 22, and 16-year-old Camille Cannon, have been missing since Sunday, when they and their travel partner, Luke Walford, 20, were kidnapped in Port-au-Prince while helping church members set up a home for the elderly.

The prayer vigil on Wednesday night began with a prayer by the local pastor, followed by the lighting of candles and messages of support from people throughout the community.

Community leaders, including the Livonia Police Department and the Justice and Peace Department, also attended the vigil to express their concerns for the missionaries’ safety.

Please support the families of the two women in this time of need. They are not asking for ransom and they have shown their commitment to serve others. https://t.co/D5yqWybsBk — City Of Livonia (@LivoniaMD) October 11, 2017

The president of Livonia Baptist Church, Rick Blackie, said the entire church community is praying for the women.

“The ladies have given much time and energy and most importantly prayed for the Haitian people they are serving,” he said. “This is a tragic accident that has happened. We stand together with the families and we pray for their safe return and recovery.”

Haiti suffered heavy snowfall and heavy rains overnight as well as strong winds last weekend, the Associated Press reported. A helicopter was en route to the area on Wednesday morning. Police chief Fred Mercier told the AP that most of the kidnappings are done by individuals rather than organized gangs.

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