A California church is now praying desperately for the safe return of an American missionary working in Niger after he was forced to strip down to his underwear and then kidnapped from his home by armed men on Friday.
The missionary, identified as 55-year-old Jeffery Woodke of McKinlyville, California, in the North Coast Journal, is a longtime aid worker with Youth With A Mission charity, according to the Independent.
A Mennonite businessman was found guilty of international parental kidnapping for his part in helping a former lesbian flee the United States with her daughter rather than face a custody battle with her former partner.
Philip Zodhiates of Waynesboro, Virginia, was found guilty last Thursday by a grand jury in Buffalo, New York, for conspiracy in helping Lisa Miller leave the country with her daughter to avoid losing custody.
"Lawyers for Zodhiates, the owner of a direct mail business that serves conservative Christian groups, denied that he was trying to obstruct the other mother's parental rights by helping Miller, who became an evangelical Christian after dissolving her civil union with Janet Jenkins in Vermont," reported The Associated Press. more >>
The newly released film "Caged No More," featuring Kevin Sorbo, targets the world's fastest-growing crime and the film's producer, Lisa Arnold, says Christians must lead the charge in the fight against human trafficking.
Inspired by real life events, "Caged No More" is meant to spread awareness about trafficking victims by telling the story of Aggie Prejean, a godmother on a desperate search to find sisters Skye and Elle, who were kidnapped by their father (Kevin Sorbo).
As the details behind the girls' disappearance begins to unravel, it's discovered their father has taken them overseas to be sold into slavery to settle a drug debt. Prejean enlists the help of the girls' uncle (also played by Sorbo), a well-respected local philanthropist, and his son, Wil (Alan Powell), who's a former special forces soldier, to find and rescue the girls. A global hunt ensues, and the team stops at nothing to ensure the girls are safely returned home. more >>
The first of the over 200 Christian schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram nearly two years ago, has been found with a baby and reunited with her family, igniting hope for the parents of the other girls as well.
International Christian Concern reported on Wednesday that the girl, identified as 19-year-old Amina Ali Nkeki, was found with a 4-month-old baby at the edge of the Sambisa Forest, one of Boko Haram's hideouts, which government officials have pinpointed as the likely location where the other girls are held too.
After the Wilmette, Illinois Police Department announced on Monday that they are "seeking to check the well-being of Sinead O'Connor," the authorities called of their search on the same day, stating that the singer has been found and is safe.
According to CNN, an unnamed caller alerted the police after O'Connor left at 6 a.m. for a bike ride on Sunday morning and did not return for 24 hours. While it was not detailed where the songwriter was found, where she had been and how her location was discovered, many fans have sounded off their prayers for her safety.