Praise and Prayer

Praise: Following their rescue from Afghanistan, Dayna Curry, 30, and Heather Mercer, 24, both of Waco, Texas, and others among the eight Western missionaries held for more than three months by the Taliban, said they believe they owed their lives to Jesus Christ. Georg Taubmann, one of four Germans in the group said: "We have experienced His strength. And when we were reading the Bible, reading through the Psalms, it was so encouraging, just to know that God is in control of our lives." Thousands of Christians had been praying for the safety and deliverance of the group, all of whom were aid workers for Shelter Now International, a German-based Christian charity that was conducting relief operations in Afghanistan when they were arrested on Aug. 5. The American women said after gaining their freedom that although "80 percent" of the charges against them were false, it was true that they had given a book of stories about Jesus Christ and a film on his life to an Afghan family.