MESA, AZ - A Mesa missionary held captive for nearly 48 hours in Guatemala has returned home to Arizona.
Sara Trevino said she ended up preaching to the men who were threatening to torture, rape and kill her.
“They asked us, ‘What do you think of your God now?’ she said. “We told him, God’s not going to stop you, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love us.”
Three kidnappers grabbed Trevino, then 23, in mid-December 2012 in the town of Escuintla and demanded money from her family and the LDS church for her release.
“They were very aggressive the first night,” Trevino told ABC15 during an exclusive interview from her Mesa home. “It was the second day that they talked to us more.”
Trevino and her colleague were baited into the trap when they were told an 18-year-old pregnant woman wanted to discuss the Bible with them, but actually the teenager had plans to deliver them to the kidnappers.
Amazingly, Trevino said she was rarely scared during the kidnapping.
“It really felt like there were angels there protecting us,” she said.
Local police, with help from the FBI, regularly talked to the kidnappers via phone and eventually negotiated a release.
“They shouldn’t have let us go, and they did. I know it was a miracle,” Trevino said.
Trevino had the option to come home after the kidnapping, but decided to stay and finish her work.
“I want to go back,” she said.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Click on the region names in the map below to see news from that region.
Things To Do
We’ve turned a corner! The weather is warming up so it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy some fantastic weather.
RIGHT NOW: Top Stories
Candy Crush and Farmville among games part of class action settlement.
The next storm system is moving through Arizona right now, bringing chances for rain and mountain snow.
The family of an officer killed earlier this year in a crash caused by a distracted driver says they plan to sue both the big rig driver and trucking company.
Authorities say golfer Tiger Woods' stepbrother was arrested in Phoenix Thursday after calling in a fake bomb threat to the building where he works.
A Phoenix murder suspect is dead after leading authorities on a chase in Tucson Thursday afternoon.
The spectacular annual Geminid meteor shower kicks into high gear Thursday night, NASA said, and people around the world will be able to enjoy it.