Kidnappers Release Missionary and Daughter

Kidnappers Release Missionary and Daughter

An American missionary nurse and her daughter, who were abducted July 27 from their mission’s campus near Port au Prince, Haiti, are home safe after being held by kidnappers for nearly two weeks.

“It is with a heart of gratitude and immense joy that we at El Roi Haiti confirm the safe release of our staff member and friend, Alix Dorsainvil, and her child, who were held hostage in Port au Prince, Haiti,” the organization announced in an Aug. 8 message on its website.

“We are so thankful for everyone who joined us in prayer and supported us during this crisis,” the message continued. “El Roi is a Hebrew name of the God of the Bible that means ‘the God who sees.’ … We praise God that He has proven Himself faithful as He restores, supports, and strengthens Alix and her family, the ministry of El Roi Haiti, and the community that Alix has impacted—and continues to impact—with her ministry in Haiti.”

Alix Dorsainvil first visited Haiti as a college student in 2010. In the years that followed, she made multiple trips back to Haiti, “showing love and care in a variety of ways,” according to El Roi Haiti. She joined the organization’s staff in 2020 and married the ministry director, Sandro Dorsainvil, in 2021. Sandro graduated from Liberty University in 2018 with a degree in developmental psychology and Biblical counseling.

El Roi Haiti operates a Christian school for pre-K through 12th grade, in addition to providing adult education programs, summer camps, vocational training and discipleship training.

Alix “has had a heart for the hurting since she was a child,” according to a blog post from El Roi Haiti. “She seeks people out to show them love and compassion, and no one is excluded from receiving her kindness. Alix lives a life following in the footsteps of Jesus as she obeys the Biblical command found in Mark 12:30 to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. … and to love your neighbor as yourself.’”

The mission is asking people not to try to contact the Dorsainvil family as they process and heal from the situation.

Above: Students from El Roi Academy attend an Aug. 3 press conference demanding the release of Alix Dorsainvil and her daughter.

Photo: Odelyn Joseph/AP

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