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. 

120 Responses to “Christian missionaries captured by pirates”

  1. nun sequitur says:

    my neck is still a nitemare yet i persist in getting on here.

    several things ive concluded.

    some suicide missions r about loving intentions, inherently & some r destruction oriented…but both suicidal.

    people can b homicidal while purporting 2 b loving…ive had people i OPENED myself up to, to ‘receive’ messages, ,,about god & ‘his plans ‘ for me, only 2 b resented & held in contempt; which, if one is suicidal to start with, which ive been- THEN becomes equivalent to a death wish…i tried 1 day to explain 2 some1 how this pursuing of my soul has been hurtful & the response was, essentially that maybe GOD was TRYING TO TELL ME SOMETHING…tapping me on the shoulder, some such remark. I nearly wanted @ that moment a piece of me died. i had opened myself to this person not because i wanted to, to begin with. . .people find out u r depressed, a life sucking abyss which is not a choice & they behave as if …if u just ‘open’ yourself to christs love…or, go to my ‘peoples’ temple that all the ‘answers’ r there. ..i have allowed people into my head whom have had NO business being let in because i did not want to hurt them, or craved acceptance, ,,or wanted 2 meet them halfway, or liked them in spite of this ‘small’ issue- while the issue in part is being held in total contempt…i have felt guilty for NOT finding the message relevant enough…& having it assumed it is my contempt when i had nothing but respect. until after a time, i lose respect for myself for subjecting over & over expecting another outcome, which defines ‘insanity’ i m told…
    & u cannot- people say things like this, as if animals like depression amounts to, can b reasoned with- as IF it is merely some religious affiliation, some decision or choice…
    if u just look around u…

    the circumstances of my life may ADD to depression, but they r not controllable circumstances. ..i used to have a sign on the wall about circumstances not defining you, but how one responds, to them…
    that would all b well & good, but i have news for u, things u have no control over r not ‘circumstances’ neccessarily, even when they cause them…

    we live in a bizarre culture- look up any historical figure or celebrity of any period & there is a link to ‘personal’ life half the time, or mention of. ..how is this really anyones business? when u have something like this, u do NOT want people delving. i m not talking about inconsequential things.

    people delve and prod & then get offended if this is done in return.
    i asked questions of people trying to overhaul my entire brain..& not because i needed 2 know but as this is the only way 2 communicate how it feels…& yet cannot.

    spiritually, morally & psychologically 2 b under assault from without, let alone within to begin with, then have constant physical pain, as an added gift..& have motives called into question on top of it.

    i do not pretend 2 have all the answers about the universe; but people whom do have been a constant.

    it is terrible that some1 can get murdered over religious ideology, if that is what that news article is about is not clear…but all the people devolving internally over such ‘loving’ intentions (im JUST WORRIED u r going to ROT IN HELL & am TRYING TO SAVE u…HAS even when it is NOT spoken outright, is STILL LEFT IMPLIED) r RARELY in the ‘news’.

    i do not understand how we ‘evolved’ 2 watch boxes with electronic signals carrying other people we only think we know- it is no different, online.

    i went 2 a ‘support’ group once for pain related issues & got prayed into oblivion…

    did not mean to detract from the discussion, ,,am a glutton 4 punishment, because i open self up anymore & it never started out that way.

    i do wish people th best.

    AS in, do NOT rot in hell.

    • nun sequitur says:

      & now am punishing any1 reading this,,, by sharing, this…

  2. nun sequitur says:

    what i just typed not posted & gone.

    i said if id not had so many head games played with me on & off line would not have come 2 question validity of news article on this display end…as to its authenticity. if u knew what has gone on, here it would make more sense that i question it…what displays on this end.

    also; how the idea behind the mission ship on part of the couple is as valid as any power hour tv show,,,& shows ingenuity… never said the majority of concern from similarly inclined individuals or groups was disgenuine… & the cross on a sail is not unlike anything else on a t shirt or pendant.

    i was not comparing persons strapping a bomb to those sailing a ship to get message accross; i once wanted to put a word equated
    with ‘peace’ on something displayed in daily life & was warned against doing so, told this would attract attention in bad ways- it was a word in a language other than english. ..i was warned i would garner trouble. i declined doing it. If id gone ahead & done so, against advice, i do not think i would have ‘deserved’ anything negative coming my way…nor did the people featured in article…@ least the 1 displaying on this end..NO idea if this will post this time.

  3. nun sequitur says:

    but if u know going in it is a possibility…that getting ur idea across could result in death threats or actual threats being carried out.. it is a suicidal tendency. i do not know that numerous other things do not fit that category- some would say flying in a plane or riding in a car is suicidal, also…so is suicide, but thats a given…

  4. nun sequitur says:

    i also hesitate in calling this as some have implied or stated ‘stupid’ …overly optimistic, maybe. people do so called dangerous things all the time & live 2 tell of it. 4 all we know, these 2 had cleared some close scrapes b4; 4 whatever reason, had a false sense of safety, perhaps. naivete does not automatically equate with stupidity…i picture some of the missionaries ive met in this position & while i do not entirely appreci8 what they were attempting 2 do, never want 2 learn of ANY of them meeting an end like this…(wish them only well & wish they’d understood, but still wish them only well).

  5. nun sequitur says:

    i also hesitate in calling this as some have implied or stated ‘stupid’ …overly optimistic, maybe. people do so called dangerous things all the time & live 2 tell of it. 4 all we know, these 2 had cleared some close scrapes b4; 4 whatever reason, had a false sense of safety, perhaps. naivete does not automatically equate with stupidity…i picture some of the missionaries ive met in this position & while i do not entirely appreci8 what they were attempting 2 do, never want 2 learn of ANY of them meeting an end like this…(wish them only well & wish they’d understood, would have preferred not 2 have been approached as such, but still wish them only well).

  6. nun sequitur says:

    & 2 those wishing 2 phase stupid out of genepool, im not so smart but already here…ur directives r a bit hitleresque…even brilliant persons do things that seem to go against sense, but should not judge without having entire story…& even then…hesitate. there was a newstory of a female astronaut whom did somet hing baffling & destroyed her career in process, she stalked some1 in a love triangle, a few years back. This was not stupid, neccessarily, but unwise.

    & stupid is relative; ever hear the expression dumb as a dog? they’re not, they’re smart. . .just animal vs manimal smart. ..ever have ur dog follow u into the restroom? watching u…using ur washcloth & gallons of water…she’s licking there, down below to try & set an EXAMPLE for u…ur dogs r pondering what an ELABORATE effort u undertake in hygiene & trying 2 show u a more conservation minded path…the dog every time u go 2 take another bath or shower is puzzled that the lesson is not getting accross..that is y they spend so much time demonstrating the alternative (self clean method)..what we do WAY less efficient, so the dog is likely sitting there thinking…how stupid we all are..&how, in some respets, conservation, efficiency equates with smart.

    what i do not get is being in this much pain i have no guaranteed option to terminate the suffering & forced 2 endure it…if i were an animal, id b shot if lucky, by injection or gun…which i value greatly the possibility for me…yet,meanwhile there r groups NOT putting down pets which have been mangled in accidents, they ‘save’ them & perpetuate suffering…how is that ‘rescuing’ any1?

    1 example of animals being smarter than people…people needing to realize some ‘rescuing’ perpetuates suffering of animals, the animals look @ u & wonder, Y not just make this stop, human please put me down for petes sake, forget that i m ur fluffy & just end this travesty…but no. we say oooo look, he looks grateful/cute/ NEEDS us…etc…

    Rescues doing the ‘right’ thing save many whom not in all cases, but if many could talk would say, please, please for the love of woof, shoot me..that is what i m saying currently, but the dog has a better chance of exiting well & cannot even humanspeak..

    i just got a newslettr to sponsor a rescued horse damaged in a cattleshute…it does not appear he has any pain relief, just ‘love & attention’…& a drawn out account where people propose to speak for the animal whom looks essentially like he wants off planet…it is not true his eyes say, he is NOT fine…send MORPHINE is what his eyes say…the horse damaged in his nerves.

    i have nerve damage & promise that creature feels pain…mother in law tries telling me animals do not feel pain like we do??? THAT is absurd. If a dog hurt to a certain degree could TALK humanly, would let loose a string of cursewords & directives, which would probably include: screw sentimentality, give me one last belly rub, stop crying & just do the right thing, i am so over this pain & OUT of here, lets go chop chop, lets do this…end thing. u can cry when i m gone, now here, let me mop lick up tears & u get 2 business on end game.. & thinks what is WRONG with these stupid people, do they not GET it, y am i STILL HERE?
    instead these ‘rescues’ perpetuate suffering often…& send newsletters championing doing it & act like u r an insensitive sop 4 not seeing things the same way.

    IN dog we trust…

    many ANIMALS, smarter than even the most intelligent PEOPLE, just lacking opposable thumbs & some cognitive functions, but smart. & we treat them as if they r not..
    & they humor us. they have little choice.
    stupid is relative. bet if those 2 featured were still around, they would help some1 in need any way they could, which, makes up for any so called lack elsewhere, sometimes…sure with some religious sharing, but they’d do it. so, the world is less, without them…in some aspects. they c our lack of appreciation for certain beliefs as lacking in enlightenment…these people died feeling sorry for wide swaths of humanity. that too, is sad.
    sorry i am semi sedated currently on sleep meds trying to get some rest but instead delirium. so this makes little sense later on is y.

  7. nun sequitur says:

    besides, if every1 considered stupid were stamped out, a reshift in standards would occur, ending up with every1 a ‘genius’ by prior standards reduced in status 2 simply brilliant, which due 2 the lack of stupidity, would b average…brilliant would b the new stupid…

  8. nun sequitur says:


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