Vigil held for West Michigan missionaries kidnapped and held hostage in Haiti

An adult and four children from Hart were on a mission trip in Haiti when they and 12 others were kidnapped. They are now being held for ransom.

HART, Mich. — Hart’s streets are typically slow in the evenings, but Sunday night was different. Community members from all over the state gathered at the Hart Commons to pray for the 17 kidnapped missionaries in Port-a-Prince, Haiti. The small town of about 2,000 has been rocked by the kidnapping because five of the hostages call Oceana County home.

The nation has its eyes on a small West Michigan town, which is hopeful its pleas can change the hearts of those nearly 2,000 miles away. “It is very jaw-dropping,” community member Sean Southwell told 13 ON YOUR SIDE’s Morgan Trau. “It does hit close to home.” Southwell and his wife, Wendy, as well as the other community members in attendance, bowed their heads in prayer.

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