Abduction of Hub pastor tests faith of family, flock

| July 16, 2012

Family and parishioners of Dorchester minister Michel Louis, taken hostage last week on a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai, voiced gratitude yesterday for high-level efforts in Washington, D.C., and expressed faith that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now in Egypt, will do what she can, but added they see a higher authority at work.

“We know that it’s a test, heavenly God,” the Rev. Jean Louis, Michel Louis’ son, told an overflow turnout for morning services at the Free Pentecostal Church of God, their arms raised up in joyous song and prayer. “These are the times we pick up our faith and we reaffirm ourselves.”

Later, outside the tiny church, a beaming Jean Louis, flanked by hulking private security guards, declined to appeal directly to Clinton, saying, “We’re praying for him. I know she’s in Egypt. Whatever she’s able to do, she’ll do.”

A senior U.S. official told the Associated Press Clinton brought up the case when she met with her Egyptian counterpart in Cairo on Saturday.



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