Today, our featured speaker is Lorinda Stewart, hostage negotiator & mother of kidnapping victim Amanda Lindhout. Although few people will experience the anguish of having their child kidnapped, everyone experiences trauma on some level.
Lorinda speaks on growth, peace and healing. Here’s a sneak peek at the insights she brings to her talks:
Words of Inspiration From Lorinda
In August 2008, Amanda Lindhout, Lorinda’s daughter, is kidnapped outside of Mogadishu in Somalia.The kidnappers’ demand is simple: pay $2.5 million or Amanda will be killed. For the next 460 days, Lorinda does everything in her power—and beyond— to get her daughter back alive.
This brave, small-town mother with no experience in hostage negotiations is called upon by the RCMP to be the lead communicator with the kidnappers. She learns how to demand POLs—proofs of life—from Amanda’s hostage takers and even how to react to “bad calls”—when she is forced to listen to her daughter’s desperate cries for help, fearing she is being abused and tortured.
What’s supposed to be a short negotiation stretches on, and weeks become months. Lorinda found herself increasingly on her own as negotiations broke down. But she never gave up hope, even as the conversations became more traumatic. Faced with the terrible possibility of her daughter’s death, she decided to take control, bringing in private hostage negotiators and fundraising ransom money from donors.
The Presentation Takeaways
This is the true story of one woman’s heroic perseverance in the face of despair, and of the hope and healing to be found beyond trauma. It is also, in the end, a tribute to the extraordinary power of a mother’s love. After listening to Lorinda, you will reach a renewed sense of inspiration and an astonishing understanding of the gifts that come through adversity and forgiveness. You will not want to miss this celebration of resilience and powerful portrait of the strength of the human spirit.
What Audiences Are Saying:
“Lorinda Stewart is an inspiring and powerful speaker who conveys her story as a mother put into the unimaginable position of negotiating the release of her daughter. She speaks from her heart and compellingly… Those who have heard Lorinda speak of her experiences will be left in awe of this gentle woman whose steely resolve and courage, in the face of unbelievable odds, never gave up.”
– Linda D.
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