U.S. Embassy spokesman David Linfield said the embassy was looking into the kidnapping and working closely with Egyptian authorities who were doing everything to ensure their safe release.
The abduction took place along the road linking Cairo to the sixth-century St. Catherine’s Monastery, located at the foot of Mount Sinai where the Old Testament says Moses received the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments. The route is a frequent target by Bedouins who abduct tourists to pressure police to meet their demands, which is usually to release a detained relative they say has been unjustly arrested. Friday’s abduction was the latest in a series of kidnappings in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula over the past year. Abducted tourists are rarely harmed and usually released within days.
Louis’ son said the family is concerned about all three captives and does not want to discuss communications with the U.S. government so as not to jeopardize the chances for their release.
“Any other family or anybody that has loved ones that are in a situation like that can feel … a bit uneasy,” Louis said outside the family home in Boston’s neighborhood of Mattapan. “In spirit, we are confident, we believe in God and we know that our God is active and is real and is gonna intervene on our behalf.” The Louis family gathered at the elder pastor’s home Saturday to pray and comfort each other. The elder Louis is pastor of the Free Pentecostal Church of God.
Oh No! Rev. Michel Louis, Has Been Abducted In Egypt ! was originally published on elev8.com