Somalia (MNN) — Somali
pirate attacks are likely to escalate in the world's busiest waterways. The pirate chief
has vowed to avenge the death of three cohorts killed during a U.S. raid to
free Capt. Richard Phillips, an American
hostage held by
the pirates aboard a lifeboat for days.
The Justice Department was reportedly considering whether or not to bring a detained Somali pirate to the U.S., Kenya, or Somalia to face charges. Both piracy and hostage-taking carry life
sentences under U.S. law.
He also could be handed over to
Kenyan authorities, where other pirates have been convicted in the past, or
sent back to Somalia.
Bob Hoskins with OneHope
(formerly Book of Hope) says the story has a darker underbelly. Speaking of the pirate who surrendered in
the hostage situation, "They say
he's probably 14, maybe 15 years old; he weighs 85 pounds–just a child!"
The situation is indicative of
children around the world who are lost without the truth. "Their problem is their environment and the
human desire for acceptance and affirmation. It is so deep, that it'll drive these
children to do desperate things, and usually it's older people who are
manipulating them and using them. My heart just broke."
This story intensified Hoskins'
passion for reaching kids with the Gospel. "That's what OneHope is all about: going into places of
desperation and telling the children there is hope, and that hope is found in
the truth of God's Word."
"By God's grace, we're able
to deliver the Word of God to a child somewhere in the world for 33-cents. It just takes just $1.00 to reach three children." This month, a donor has offered a matching gift up $500,000. Hoskins explains, "Any gift that's given to OneHope this month
will be actually doubled. So instead of reaching three children, we could
reach six children. That's a pretty exciting prospect."
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