A call for prayer for the IRC workers held captive by Abu Sayyaf

February 17, 2009

May Jean Lacaba, dep Gov. Sahidulla, Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter

International Red Cross workers: May Jean Lacaba, dep Gov. Sahidulla, Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter

They have been held captive for 33 days and still counting.  When they were kidnapped last January 15th after inspecting a humanitarian project in the town of Patikul, it sent a powerful message that, the the southern Philippines is really an un-controlled haven of extremist and terrorists.  That not even a very recognizable group of humanitarian workers, namely the International Red Cross, is safe from the claws of Abu Sayyaf.

The Abu Sayyaf infamously known for their kidnappings, has not indicated any demand for any ransom YET.  They do not want to negotiate with anyone so long as there are military activities surrounding their locations.

In a very short telephone interview, Swiss National Andreas Notter highlighted the tight dilemma they are in.  They have been running through the jungles, even in the middle of the night to escape the firefightings between the terrorist group and the military.  Notter affirmed that the Italian national, 62 year old Vagni is really in dire need of medical attention.

Let us pray for the 3 International Red Cross volunteers.

Let us pray for their protection and for their immediate release.  Pray for the comfort of their loved ones.  Mindanao has already seen so many hostages and countless number of violence against humanity throughout its bloodied history.

Let us pray for them.  They are somewhere out there deep in the jungles of Sulu.  Let our prayers cover them tonight and may the loving and gentle arms  of Jesus embraced them in the midst of this very arduous ordeal.

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