This evening, we were privileged
to hear the personal testimony of Bro Nathan Dieudonne who was kidnapped in February of this year. Bro Nathan's kidnapping
captured the attention of the international news media (see sample news articles below). Bro Nathan was held for 5 days
deep in remote woods by Haitian kidnappers . His life was jeopardized many times and he was bound and beaten by his captors.
During his captivity, he witnessed about the love of Jesus Christ and of His forgiveness and deliverance from sin. In the
end, his captors even asked him to prayer for them.
Let us pray for the country of Haiti and that God's people will be able
to freely spread the Gospel. We are thankful for what God did for our brother and for his safe release. Continue to pray for
his family and the saints there. God is using Bro Nathan, his family and the Haitian church in a mighty way.
Submitted by Bro Dale Rude
Below are some news articles
that were published at the time of his kidnapping:
American Missionary Kidnapped
Monday, February 05, 2007
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Armed kidnappers seized an American missionary
as he left his church near Haiti's capital and have demanded a ransom for his release, U.N. police said Monday.
Jean-Bieubonne, a U.S. citizen of Haitian descent, was snatched Sunday afternoon as he and three others drove home from church
in Croix-de-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise said.
The kidnappers surrounded
Jean-Bieubonne's all-terrain vehicle and forced him out at gunpoint while leaving the other three passengers, Blaise said.
men who kidnapped him are in touch with the family to demand the ransom," Blaise said, declining to discuss the amount.
said a U.N. anti-kidnapping task force was working with Haitian police to recover Jean-Bieubonne, whose hometown in the U.S.
and church denomination were not immediately available.
FBI Agents Go to Haiti in
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
By TRENT JACOBS, Associated Press Writer
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti —
Two FBI hostage negotiators were sent to Haiti on Tuesday to help secure the release of a kidnapped American missionary, officials
Nathan Jean-Dieudonne, 58, a U.S. citizen of Haitian descent, was abducted Sunday afternoon as he and three others
drove home from church in Croix-de-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise said.
special agent Judy Orihuela said from Miami that Jean-Dieudonne's family requested help in negotiating with his captors after
the kidnappers contacted them and demanded a ransom for his release. Authorities have declined to say how much the kidnappers
U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise said Jean-Dieudonne, whose hometown in the U.S. and church denomination were
not immediately available, apparently was unharmed and that his family described him as being "in good spirits."
for ransom surged in the impoverished Caribbean nation last year but have fallen in recent weeks as a 9,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping
force and Haitian police step up patrols around the capital.
Foreign missionaries, who usually travel with less security
than diplomats and businesspeople, have increasingly become targets.
Most kidnappings are blamed on armed gangs that
flourished in the aftermath of a February 2004 revolt that toppled former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first
democratically elected leader. Corrupt police officers have also been implicated.
Sent to Haiti to Investigate American Missionary's Kidnapping
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
— Two FBI hostage negotiators were en route to Haiti on Tuesday to help secure the release of a kidnapped American missionary,
an official said.
FBI special agent Judy Orihuela told The Associated Press that the family of 58-year-old Nathan Jean-Bieubonne
requested help in negotiating with his captors.
Jean-Bieubonne, a U.S. citizen of Haitian descent, was driving home
Sunday from Betheal Church with three companions when gunmen surrounded the pastor's all-terrain vehicle and forced him out
at gunpoint in a suburb of the capital, Port-au-Prince.
The captors later contacted Jean-Bieubonne's family and demanded
a ransom for his release. Authorities have declined to say how much they are seeking.
U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise
said Jean-Bieubonne apparently has not been hurt and that his family described him as being "in good spirits."
FBI negotiators were expected to arrive in the Caribbean country on Tuesday, Orihuela said from Miami. She added it is standard
procedure for FBI negotiators to assist in cases of U.S. citizens who are kidnapped overseas.
A U.N. anti-kidnapping
force and Haitian police were also working to free Jean-Bieubonne, whose church denomination and hometown in the United States
have not been made public.
Kidnappings for ransom are one of the biggest security threats in Haiti, which is struggling
to recover from a 2004 revolt that toppled former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and touched off a bloody crime wave blamed
mostly on street gangs.
Kidnappers have increasingly targeted foreign missionaries, many of whom travel with little
security and work in poorer areas where police presence is thin.
U.N. troops and Haitian police have stepped up patrols
in the capital, prompting kidnappers to look for victims in outlying suburbs.