Haliburton, Ont. A Canadian citizen from Ontario has been confirmed to be among 17 members of a missionary group abducted in Haiti.

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Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries confirmed Thursday that the only Canadian in the group has been kidnapped from Ontario by 400 Mawjo gang men.

“Today, Christian aid ministry partners in the United States, Canada and other countries are celebrating a special day of prayer and fasting,” the group said in a statement. “We invite believers from all over the world to join us.”

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The religious aid group said 16 others are from Amish, Mennonite and other Anabaptist communities in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Oregon.

“They continue to support each other with prayers and encouragement during this difficult time,” the organization said in the statement. “There is a way to bring people together in times of difficulty. Pray for these families.”

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None of the members have been identified.

Earlier on Thursday, the leader of the 400 Mawjo gang said he would kill the missionaries if they demanded. Officials said the gang was demanding US$1 million per person.

Christian aid ministries also issued a letter to the families of those involved in the incident, asking them to pray for those involved, including the alleged kidnappers.

“God has given our loved ones the unique opportunity to live out our Lord’s command, ‘Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you,'” the letter reads. “We also pray that the light of God’s love may shine in the darkness of sin, and that gang members may be freed from the bondage of sin and experience freedom in Jesus Christ.”

-With a file from The Associated Press