Kidnapped Christian Farmer Released by Rebels

(Compass) The Christian agronomist Ahimer Velasquez, kidnapped March 17 by rebels of the 34th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was suddenly freed on April 29 in what the agronomist’s brother said was the answer to prayers for his safe release. His brother, Medellin pastor and Prison Fellowship evangelist Carlos Velasquez, said that no ransom was paid or promised in exchange for his freedom. The trauma, however, didn’t end following his release from rebel custody. The town of Caicedo, which employs Ahimer Velasquez, showered the family with well-wishes and gifts, but Carlos, Ahimer and his wife and two sons were stopped by armed criminals traveling to Medellin on May 1 and robbed of everything, including the approximately 00 in cash gifts that Caicedo residents had given Ahimer. Luis Carlos Herrera, the other public worker kidnapped with Ahimer Velasquez, remains a FARC hostage with 0,000 being asked in ransom for him.

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