An American missionary has been released from a jail in Haiti after being held five months without charges.

Daniel Pye, 29, a Christian pastor who runs an orphanage with his wife in the southern city of Jacmel, says the judge who jailed him in October signed his release order. Now free from a cell he shared with 28 other men, he is spending a couple of days with the orphans at his mission in southern Haiti before returning to Bradenton, Fla., where his wife, Leann, is about to give birth.

“Our prayers, tears, and words have been heard and responded with a YES!!,” Leann, 27, said on the couple’s blog Wednesday.

Daniel said on Wednesday that his sudden freedom seems surreal.

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