Kidnapped Pastor is Released in Egypt; Church is Over Joyed

Friends and family of Pastor Michel Louis out of Boston were overwhelmed with joy to find out that their spiritual leader has been released from his abductors.  The pastor was kidnapped this weekend during a trip to Egypt and loved ones thought that the worst might be possible.  The pastor was tracing in the footsteps of Jesus when the events took place, leading to an international incident that made many Americans keenly aware of some of the dangers that might come from traveling abroad.

“At the moment, there is a lot of joy. I’m exuberant. I have no words to express it. We believe in God, and, let me tell you, he did not let us down,” said Jean Louis, the son of Michel Louis.

Pastor Louis was abducted along with Lissa Alphonse, a mother of two.   The family was notified of his release by Senator Scott Brown who called and told them.  The release also happened to coincide with a visit to Egypt by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“What began as a sightseeing tour turned into an unimaginable nightmare for these Massachusetts families and thank God that nightmare is coming to an end,” US Senator John F. Kerry said in a statement.

Kerry and others had been working for days to get the two released and were successful.   The kidnapping was allegedly part of a plan by the abductors to negotiate the freedom of their colleagues who are in the custody of Egyptian authorities.

“Everyone’s prayers have been answered,” Brown said in a statement.

According to General Ahmed Bakr, head of Egyptian security in North Sinai, the pastor and his friend are in the protection of Egyptian police. The leader of the kidnappers said that they released the pastor after authorities promised they would help to get his uncle out of prison.  Jirmy Abu-Masuh said that he wanted to grant the pastor and his friend mercy because they had nothing to do with their concerns with Egyptian law enforcement.

It has been reported by the Boston Globe that when the men entered the bus full of churchgoers, the pastor volunteered himself to be taken.   The kidnappers took the pastor and Alphonse, as well as a tour guide from the trip.

“We confidently assume that Pastor Louis was not leaving without the woman,” said the Reverend Eugene F. Rivers III, of the Azusa Christian Community.

The travelers were headed to St. Catherine’s Monastery, near Mount Sinai, when the incident took place.  The pastor’s bravery will long be celebrated by the Dorchester community.


31 Responses to Kidnapped Pastor is Released in Egypt; Church is Over Joyed

  1. I am so glad to learn of the pastor being released unharmed. God is in charge, but does allow so many bad thing to happen. I just have to say that the best place for american citizens is in america. Black, white it dosent matter an american is just a target any place in the world for exactly what happend to the pastor. Thank God for his release.

    • I’m overjoyed he’s free. Thank God.

      • Lynn, can spell “overjoyed.” The writer of the article cannot.

        • FYI, there is no reason to put a comma after Lynn’s name. Punctuation is also important; especially from the one who is criticizing someone’s spelling. At any rate, the article is about someone’s victory and not spelling. You understood what the writer meant. Is it that important for you to come on the board and prove that you’re a little smarter than the writer? Or do you just feel better about yourself by putting someone else down?

  2. I thank God for the love and safety manifested.

  3. I just want to thank God hearing the prayers of his people. There will be a great celebration when they return home. Again , Praise the Lord!!!!

  4. Praise God.

  5. Thank you God! And why the heck did the kidnappers captured these two people in the first place? smdh

  6. These idiots finally realized kidnapping a Black person is a sure way NOT to have a single demand met. Smdh

    • and you no this teri!

    • I realize that as well as the comment of “they would not meet any demands” Once again a black life is not worth anything to whites in power.

      Have’nt you ever wondered why black americans people are rarely held hostage and when they are they are released very shortly

  7. **** Im glad for him and his congregation…..

  8. Brothers kidnapping brothers…our brothers in Egypt must understand that we are not your problem.

  9. im so happy hes safe and doin great. me personally? didnt think they would harm him or keep him, and you know why… 1 hes black, 2 they claim they were keepin him for the release of 2 inprisoned imates, but obviously they had no clue black people have no worth to the government.remember the line when dave chapelle said the kidnappers called america and said yes we have a black and all you heard was a big CLICK!sad but true so… they let him go. im happy!

  10. Very glad the victims of kidnapping were released. The look on the missing face speaks volumes.

  11. Praise the Lord. He set the captives free………..again. Glory to his name.

  12. We thank the almighty God for their release.
    But this is not the right time to visit Egypt for any reason, because the political storm there is yet to subside, and the current people in authority in Egypt are fundamentalists that needed to learn about international leadership, and most importantly, as “‘peace keepers” of the middle east, for the ministers of the global community.

  13. what happen to the kidnappers?

  14. Why on earth would anyone make “overjoyed” two words?

  15. Praise God for his sovereignty!!

  16. Be thankful to Hillary Clinton and the two US Senators and the Egyptian government for the pastor’s release…!

  17. I wish they would have kept him..

    • Coast cooker, are you envious because you have never been out of the trailer park and this gentleman was traveling internationally

  18. Coast cooker, are you envious because you have never been out of the trailer park and this gentleman was traveling internationally?

  19. No matter what the outcome of such events, God always gets the credit for a good outcome but never the blame for a bad outcome. If this makes sense to you, think again.

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