From one freed hostage to another

With the great news recently of the hostages in Somalia being set free I was amazed to hear the story of the American woman in this group. It turns out she was a missionary to the Somali people, and had sold everything that she owned to be able to make the move to Africa to share the love of Christ with those who don't know him. I have never been placed in a situation with any comparison. The mission trips that I have attended have come and gone without much trouble, other than an attempted shakedown by the Nicaraguan police, nothing major. So there is no way that I can write today and say that I understand what this young lady has gone through. But don't be surprised when I tell you that this is not the first time this young lady has been put in this situation. However, the first time she was not a hostage of Somali pirates, but a slave to sin. The situation seemed hopeless and there was no way to escape, but the rescue came not by way of US special forces but the Savior of the world. That is a story and a situation that I can relate to. I too am a freed hostage, and those whom the Son has set free are free indeed. I am thankful to have the hostages of the pirates set free but I'm still concerned that there are many who think that they are free but they are being held hostage and are slaves to sin. My prayer is that these too will be set free, and a personal question as well. Have you been set free or are you still being held captive? There is no better time than today to ask Christ to set you free and give your life to him.

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