Weir, who with his wife Carol served as missionaries in Lebanon with the Presbyterian Church (USA) (PC [USA]) for nearly 30 years, was kidnapped off the streets of Beirut in May 1984. The kidnapping was done by an Islamic fundamentalist group, Islamic Jihad, that later evolved into Hezbollah. He was freed 16 months later in exchange for US anti-tank weapons, as part of the Iran-Contra Affair. Shortly thereafter he was elected moderator of the 1986 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, the highest elected office in that denomination.
He remains one of the world’s most respected voices for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East for the past 30 years.
The book "Hostage Bound Hostage Free" tells the story of his captivity from his perspective as well as his wife's.
Weir died on October 14, 2016.
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