Missionaries in Kenya Attacked

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An elderly missionary couple is recovering in the hospital in Nairobi, Kenya following a brutal attack last week.

Eloise Bergen, 66, was taking a bath in the couple's home when a gang of intruders raped and choked her.

They broke her jaw, tied her up, piled furniture on top of her and left her for dead.

The violent gang of men also broke the arms and legs of her 70-year-old husband, John, and fractured his skull.

The couple was beaten mercilessly and slashed with machetes.

Remarkably, Eloise was able to crawl out from under the furniture and cut through her bonds with scissors.

She ran outside and found her husband lying in the bushes.

Eloise was able to get her husband into their vehicle and drive them to a safe place.

The couple had to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi to receive medical treatment.

The Bergens' sending ministry is Canadian-based Hope for the Nations.

In an interview with CBN News, the president of the organization, Ralph Bromley, said the couple had only been in Kenya since the post-election violence in March.

Bromley said the Bergens have a "real heart" for the Kenyans and have been working with widows and children.

Kenyan police have arrested seven people, including two security guards the couple had hired to protect them.

"It wasn't a case of Kenyan nationals targeting white people to hurt them," Bromley said.

The Bergens are reportedly anxious to forgive their attackers. Eloise told the National Post, "It's in both of our hearts to go to the prison and tell them about our forgiveness."

As for the rest of the Hope for the Nations staff in Kitale, they are reportedly traumatized and shaken by the attack on their co-workers.

"They are jittery; having a difficult time sleeping at night," Bromley said.

"It will just take a while for them to get over this."

Calling the attack "an isolated incident," the ministry has decided it will not be pulling any other staff out of the area.

Hope for the Nations has received a lot of support from Christians worldwide.

E-mails, phone calls and letters have been pouring in offering support and prayers for the Bergens.

John is from British Columbia and his wife, Eloise is from Georgia.

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