Church Prays For Maupin's Return

Church once attended by kidnapped soldier prays for his return

Members of a southwest Ohio church prayed today for the safe return of an Army reservist taken hostage in Iraq. Private First Class Matt Maupin once attended but wasn't a member of First Baptist Church of Glen Este. It's near where the 20-year-old grew up outside Batavia. Many of the 900 attending two morning services wore yellow ribbons and wiped away tears. Patriotic songs and the Pledge of Allegiance accompanied traditional hymns and prayers. Pastor Brent Snook focused his sermon on the Bible's book of Job about a man who keeps his faith after being tested by God. Snook urged the congregation to keep hope through emergencies. Maupin was captured April ninth near Baghdad. Footage shown Friday on Arab television showed him surrounded by armed insurgents.