TWIN FALLS, Idaho (BP)--A Southern Baptist pastor from Idaho who was held in a Haiti jail for nearly three weeks has issued a plea for prayer for Laura Silsby -- the lone member of that original group of 10 still in prison -- as well as a request that concerned citizens contact their senators, the State Department and the White House and ask that they work for her release.
Paul Thompson, pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho, told Baptist Press that Silsby "has been a consistent minister to the other inmates," sharing Creole Bibles and even food and water, but made clear he believes the group was "falsely accused and arrested" Jan. 30 in Port-au-Prince on charges of child kidnapping. Although the other nine have since been released and are back in the U.S., Silsby -- the group leader -- has been in jail for nearly 10 weeks and faces a new charge. Her supporters fear the charge could keep her in jail for an indefinite period of time due to Haiti's slow-moving legal system.
"On behalf of Laura Silsby I invite you to call your U.S. Senators, the U.S. State Department, and President Barack Obama requesting them to engage with the Haitian government for her immediate release," Thompson told BP in a statement to be circulated.
Thompson and the others were charged with not having the proper documents to take children from the earthquake-ravaged country to an orphanage being started in the Dominican Republic.
He told Baptist Press that since their arrest, one border guard and about 10 inmates have accepted Christ. Some of those decisions have come through Silsby's testimony.
Prayer for Silsby is particularly needed, Thompson said. Read More