BlackBlueDog.com Staff writer
A Boston pastor was kidnapped this weekend during a trip to Egypt. The family of Rev. Michel Louis is begging the captors of the 61-year old clergyman to let him go after he was taken during a trip to the Holy Land. Pastor Louis was seeking to walk in the footsteps of Jesus when the incident took place.
In addition to Pastor Louis, a 39-year old woman from the Boston area was also taken, along with a tour guide. The events occurred when an Egyptian Bedouin stopped their bus on a road between Cairo and Mount Sinai.
Rev. Louis’ family says that they do not want to discuss the details of the incident with the United States government out of fear of jeopardizing their chances for a safe return.
The family of the pastor says that he was not aware that the area was dangerous when he made his visit.
“As the tour bus was in area of the Sinai peninsula of Egypt, they were stopped by a couple of cars,” said Jean Louis, the pastor’s son.
“In the cars were some gentlemen who got onto the bus. They detained both my father …. and another woman who was part of the group on their way to Israel,” he said.
The family didn’t know that several Americans have been kidnapped in the region lately. The pastor, who is from the Dorchester area of Boston, would have been persuaded not to go to the area had they known better.
“If we were aware, I would believe we would use correct judgment not to enter that area,” Jean Louis said.
The family is praying for the safe return of their father, as well as the safety of the other victims of the tragedy.
“We are concerned, but we’re Christians. We believe in God. We’re resolved in our faith, we know that God is going to see him out of the situation,” he said.
“But at the same time, we are human and want to see our father… the member (of the other church), the tour guide too, we want to see him come home safely too,” Jean Louis said.
Egyptian police in North Sinai are out looking for the pastor and seeking to get the group released. They’ve received word that the pastor and others are still in the area where they were kidnapped. The kidnapping was done to negotiate the release of relatives who are in custody of the Egyptian government.
Several American tourists have been kidnapped in Egypt this year. Two were kidnapped in February and two more in June.