Praise God! Captive Missionaries in Haiti Released!

February 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm (Christian news) (, , , )

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An attorney for one of the Baptist missionaries released Wednesday evening from a Haitian jail says the truth will now begin to emerge about those who were arrested.

Jim AllenJim Allen, a contractor from Amarillo, Texas, joined nine other Christians on a mission trip to Haiti several weeks ago. The group has since made headlines after being arrested and charged with child kidnapping.

The missionaries were released after the parents of the children testified that they voluntarily gave their children to the missionaries, hoping they could give them a better life.

Haitian authorities claimed the Baptist missionaries did not have proper paperwork to take children out of the country, and Kelly Shackelford, president of Liberty Legal Institute, the firm which represented Jim Allen, says the media has not reported both sides of the story.

Kelly Shackelford“They were trying to follow whatever procedures in the midst of the government that was in disarray, and they were arrested in the middle of the country — so a lot of false things have been spread around,” Shackelford reports. “I think one of the things that’s going to be really good about these Americans being home is the truth is going to start to come out now. The media can’t spin a bunch of false information…to try to essentially smear a bunch of Christians who were going down there to try to help.”

The attorney adds that a Texas-sized celebration is planned for Allen this afternoon in Amarillo.


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