We’re coming up on the one year anniversary of Father Tom Uzhunnalil’s kidnapping in India.
In 2015, while on a visit to his homeland India, civil war in Yemen worsened. India advised it’s citizens not to travel to Yemen, but Father Tom decided that his work at the Missionaries of Charity, an order established by Mother Theresa, was too important to stay away.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. Psalm 23:4
On March 4, 2016, Father Tom was taken hostage by Islamic militants. Also during the raid of Father Tom’s workplace, Catholic nuns and private citizens were killed.
There was not much news about Father Tom until a video surfaced on YouTube the day after Christmas.
The video shows Father Tom making a plea to the Pope, the Catholic Church, fellow Christians to help with his release from his captors.
In the video, it appears as if Father Tom is reading his plea.
After seeing the video, India’s Minister of External Affairs tweeted:
Earlier this month, Archbishop Mar George Allencherry said that he was satisfied with the Indian government’s movement to get Father Tom released.
Here it is, the end of February and Father Tom is still captive.
Here’s what you can do for Father Tom:
- First and foremost, pray. Then encourage everyone you know to pray for Father Tom. Pray for him to have physical and spiritual faith. Pray that his captives release him. Pray that he will not be discouraged. Pray for government leaders to “spare no effort” in securing his safe release.
- Children in India are writing letters to India’s Prime Minister, asking him to intervene on behalf of Father Tom. If you teach Sunday School, you could write letters and tweet them to the PM.
- Flood the PM’s Twitter with pleas on behalf of Father Tom. I just sent him one, and it takes just a minute. You can even retweet mine.