The Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries revealed on Monday that 12 of their Christian missionaries who got kidnapped in Haiti were able to escape their kidnap gang captors with the help of God.
In a press conference, CAM spokesman Deston Showalter said their 12 captive members consisting of a married couple, four single men, two women, and four children, including a baby and three-year-old decided to take the risk of escaping on Dec. 15 after God gave them a sign to proceed with the escaped.
Showalter revealed the group received divine signs to stay put, but after receiving a sign to flee, they snuck out under the cover of nightfall following a sign on Dec. 15.
“At times they felt God prepared a path before them,” Showalter said.
“God was leading them,” Showalter added.
The hostages readied themselves for their great escape by putting on their shoes and packing water in their clothes.
They slipped out of the small 10”x12” room where they were being held with guard all around and headed for a mountain in the distance.
The group made it safely and was flown by the Coast Guard to Florida where they reunited with other hostages after two months in captivity.
The group along with five other missionaries were abducted by the 400 Mawozo kidnap gang last October 16.
The kidnapping occurred on Saturday while the victims were leaving an orphanage.
Local officials for their part revealed that the missionaries were taken from a bus on its way to the airport to drop some members off in the island nation’s capital Port-au-Prince before going to another location in Haiti.
Through intense negotiations, five of the 17 kidnapped missionaries were released on Nov. 21 and Dec. 3.
The “400 Mawozo” gang is also blamed for a rocketing number of kidnappings in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.