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Tom Uzhunnalil
Tom Uzhunnalil

Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a mission aid worker abducted by terrorists in strife-torn Yemen, has made a recent video appeal for urgent help after getting "poor response" from governing authorities in India. The video-taped message addresses his deteriorating health and the fact that he urgently requires hospitalization.

Originally from Kerala, India, the 58-year-old ministry worker had been captured from the southern Yemeni city of Aden after the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group attacked a seniors' home run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. During the attack, gunmen stormed the 'refuge for the elderly' on March 4th, 2016, killing a Yemeni guard before tying up and shooting at least 16 other employees. Foreign missionaries serving as nurses were among those killed.

In the video, the frail-looking mission worker gave the following appeal:

"I am Father Tom Uzhunnalil. My date of birth is August 18th, 1958. I received the message of concern that you sent me, my dear family people. I am thankful to you. Thank you very much.

"They (abductors) are treating me well to the extent that they are able. My health condition is deteriorating quickly and I require hospitalization as early as possible. They contacted our Indian government authorities several times and I have seen the message of their response. It was very, very poor."

For previously posted reports on the abduction of this missionary worker, please click here.

May the presence and protection of our Lord continue to sustain our Christian brother as he awaits deliverance from captivity which we hope will be soon. In the meantime, pray for the healing virtue of Jesus to be upon him physically, emotionally and spiritually -- ministering renewed strength, health and hope. Please also be mindful to intercede for the members of ISIS involved in the abduction, realizing that they also need deliverance from the evil one who is using them to do his bidding -- to "kill, steal and destroy." May they, too, be set free from bondage and experience the abundant life that Jesus offers in John 10:10.