Silsby spends Easter in Haiti prison
    April 6 2010 by Baptist Press

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The last remaining Baptist volunteer still in a Haiti prison spent Easter Sunday in jail but remains confident she will be released.

    Laura Silsby, in prison for more than nine weeks after she and nine others were arrested in late January on charges of child kidnapping, told NBC News her faith has sustained her. The nine other Americans have been released and are back in the United States. Silsby was considered the group leader.

    “God will release me. I’m confident that God will overcome all of this and ultimately enable me to be released,” Silsby said during the interview that was taped several days before Easter.

    Silsby faces a new charge — “organizing irregular travel” — that the other nine Baptists did not face. It is not known how much longer she will be in jail. The 10 originally were charged with child kidnapping and allegedly did not have the proper documents to take kids from the earthquake-ravaged country to an orphanage Silsby was starting in the Dominican Republic.

    Silsby and the others say they simply were trying to help children.

    “It was one week after the earthquake when we left home,” Silsby said. “The news at that point was absolute devastation. People dying everywhere in this country. Our desire was to help, was to go into those tent communities, into those collapsed orphanages and bring children out.”

    She added, “We were lied to by people who brought children to us and claimed to be either a neighbor, a distant family member. They did not honestly tell us who they were.”

    Members of Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, say they are standing behind Silsby.

    “We all still stand right beside Laura and support her in everything that she did and everything that’s happening now,” Corinna Lankford, a member of the church who was one of the 10 team members arrested, told KTVB-TV in Idaho. “We’re all right with you, Laura.”

    Nine of the 10 team members are members of Southern Baptist churches.

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled by Michael Foust, an assistant editor of Baptist Press.)
    4/6/2010 2:33:00 PM by Baptist Press | with 1 comments

Steven Vail
I have regularly prayed that God will send or allow a persecution upon the Christians in the United States. Most people who call themselves by the blessed Name of Jesus Christ are either fakes or totally undisciplined people. They are not ready to "fight the good fight of faith"
(1 Timothy 6:12). They seem to be more interested in building large church buildings, as well as gymnasiums, to attract the world. If we refuse to preach the undiluted Gospel, how can we associate ourselves with the Blessed Christ, Who died for us, rose again, ascended back to Heaven, sits at the Heavenly Father's right hand to intercede in behalf of believers, and will some day, at His appointed time, return to earth to judge the wicked and reward those who have trusted in Christ and fully followed Him?

I do not know the truthfulness of Laura Silsby. I have read varied reports of her chicanery. I realize many news reporters slant the news so that it is not completely true. I have also heard Christians give reports that are not fully true. They have resorted to the same tactics as the ungodly people.

I do know that if anything reported about Laura Silsby's deceitfulness is true, she needs to repent before God and make things right. She may have a burden to minister to orphans or children in dire need, but if she refuses to obey the rules of another country, who does she think she is?

I am tired of Americans, whether so-called Christians, or those who are openly ungodly, who enter the boundaries of other nations and display such arrogant attitudes that they think themselves to be exempt from obeying the laws of those countries. What happened to the admonition the Apostle Paul gave to Titus: "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work" (Titus 3:1), or "Obey them that have the rule over you" (Hebrews 13:17a)?

We don't have to like the other forms of government that are active in this world, but when we set foot on the soil of another nation, we are subject to their laws. A person does not have to live in America to serve Jesus Christ. He established His Kingdom and laws long before there was such a nation as the United States of America.

As a soldier in the United States Army in the 1970's, my unit went to Germany on two short tours. It is a beautiful country, and I had thought I might like to spend two or three years there. But I have observed their politics over the years, and I thoroughly dislike them. However, any place I may go, I expect to obey the "laws of the land," unless it is in direct contradiction to the Word of God. In Acts 5:18-29, the Apostles were arrested for praying for sick people, whom God healed. God sent an angel to release them from prison. They went to the temple and taught the people the wonderful words of life. When challenged by the religious, unsaved leaders, they had this answer: "Then Peter and the other Apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men." (v29)

If Laura Silsby has done no wrong, perhaps God will send an angel to set her free. Or, perhaps she does not realize what God's plans are for her. I have read that other adults have come to know Christ as a result of her being in the Haitian jail. Isn't that what we are supposed be be doing: winning souls for Christ? In Proverbs 11:30, we read: "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise."

Peter had this warning: "But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
(1 Peter 4:15-19) We'd all do well to heed God's Holy Word.
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