Christian missionaries captured by pirates

Published February 20th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson


Did you guys hear about this?

An American couple that has sailed the world with a yacht full of Bibles was hijacked by Somali pirates, and the U.S. said it is assessing possible options.

The Adams — who are members of the Marina del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California — run a Bible ministry, according to their website, and have been distributing Bibles to schools and churches in remote villages in areas including the Fiji Islands, Alaska, New Zealand, Central America and French Polynesia.

The pirates from Puntland are not hardline Islamists and the fact the Adams carry Bibles is not likely to be a problem. Pirates in Puntland are known to spend their ransom spoils on alcohol, drugs and prostitutes.

[More at MSNBC]

I feel bad for the captured missionaries, and their families.  Aside from the fact that the coast of Somalia is one of the dumbest places in the world to be sailing and they should have known better, they are in a nightmare situation now. 

I have to wonder, though, did they sail into the region with the idea that their God would protect them from the well-known threat of pirates in the area? They are on a Quest after all. Here’s a quote from their website, “Another aspect of our travels is friendship evangelism – that is, finding homes for thousands of Bibles.”

When they saw the pirates approaching, what did they think? Was their faith shaken? I suspect it wasn’t. But maybe there was a moment before they were taken hostage when they were forced to question whether their God wanted them out there distributing thousands of Bibles. Maybe they saw this as a sign to stop.  Or maybe they saw it as a sign to evangelize to the pirates?  In any case, Pastafarians wish for your safe release, Adams family.


Sad, unexpected news … the US Military discovered all 4 Americans killed by the pirates.

Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, the U.S. military said. The deaths mark the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years.

It remained unclear why the pirates — who are widely seen as rational, if ruthless businessmen — would kill their only form of leverage. U.S. naval officials insisted they had not launched a rescue operation and are still trying to piece together events.

Graeme Gibbon-Brooks, the head of Dryad Maritime Intelligence, said he was confounded by the turn of events.

"We have heard threats against the lives of Americans before but it strikes me as being very, very unusual why they would kill hostages outright," he said, adding that the pirates must realize that killing Americans would invite a military response.

The military said U.S. forces have been monitoring the Quest for about three days, since shortly after the pirate attack on Friday. Four Navy warships were involved, including an aircraft carrier.

[More at NPR]

I’ve gotten some emails that I should take this post down because it’s “not funny anymore”.  But it was never meant to be funny and it’s certainly not meant to be now.  From all indications, the two couples were great people, and so what if some of us did not agree with their chosen missionary work – we are compassionate human beings who feel this is a tragic event.  Our condolences go out to the families. 

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  7. Sky says:

    “The pirates from Puntland are not hardline Islamists”

    what exactly does that have to do with anything?

    • Mal says:

      I think that was just brought up in the article to illustrate the idea that this most likely was not related to religion.

      • Sky says:

        It’s still rather ridiculous to assume any attacks on Christians are done by Muslims, the fact that they had to point out that it WASN’T…

  8. nun sequitur says:

    hav been accused of replyng 2 posts on other boards, being o.t. but am not alone in this.

    do not advocate book burning, but if that story in other post referred 2 is true, i would sooner c some1 have property confiscated or destroyed, if it comes down 2 some1 being so offended that they feel murder is a justifiable proposition…

    i really do not understand that story..i just have said thanks & take th materials; this is different, when ive had 2 continue 2 b around people expecting me 2 respond…

    & if it is so, this story, the fact the participants r missionaries…is what brought them, there, but could have lost their lives 4 any # of reasons, not pertaining 2 their missionary work.

    if some1 that opposed 2 a book on religion, give it away, 2 some1 whom wants it or use as kindling-

    according to buckminster fuller, his saying every1 must b in agreement for utopia is not so far off from the missionaries telling us that every1s soul must b saved by christ…it is more implied than stated outright, but what i got from that is that accepting others even
    with differing beliefs is needed – nobody is going 2 agree on every pt.

    i posted link 2 the incendies film, on another thread. ..the work is a plea for non devisiveness.

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