Two sister missionaries who were kidnapped while serving in Guatemala were released early Friday morning, Dec. 21.
Guatemalan authorities told the Associated Press that Sara Trevino of Mesa, Ariz., and her missionary companion, whose name has not yet been confirmed, were held for two days in the town of Escuintla before being freed early Friday by a special police anti-kidnapping unit helped by the FBI.
The two women were not harmed. They felt protected by angels, said Rodrigo Trevino, father of Sara Trevino.
The Church released a statement Friday and recognized the efforts of those who worked to secure the release of these sisters.
"We pray continually for the well being of our missionaries across the world. Thankfully, such incidents are very rare," read an official statement from the Church.
Three kidnappers were apprehended during the sisters' rescue: two men from Nicaragua and an 18-year-old woman from Guatemala, reported the Associated Press.