NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A Baptist volunteer who was jailed in Haiti for nearly three weeks says he hopes people will once again focus on the plight of the citizens of the earthquake-ravaged country.
Jim Allen, one of eight detainees flown back to the United States Wednesday, said in a statement on his church's website that he thanks "the many people around the world who prayed for me." Allen is a member of Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas.
"I hope [Wednesday's] actions will allow everyone to focus again on the dire conditions that remain in Haiti," Allen said. "People are still suffering and lack basic necessities. Please find it in your hearts, as I did in mine, to find ways to give to those in need. For those whose cases have not been resolved, we will continue to pray for their safe return."
Two volunteers from the 10-member team remain in a Haitian prison on further investigation: Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter, both members of Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho. Three other members of that church were released Wednesday, as were three members of Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho. A member of Bethel Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., also was freed. Bethel is the only church not affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More