"There's people around the world who face this situation all the time," said Lisa Schirch, Professor of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.
Today, Schirch is the one dealing with her former student and friend Tom Fox being held hostage in Iraq.
"Seeing your friend on tv it's awful of course seeing them be held against their will," said Schirch.
Just a couple of weeks ago Schirch joined other faculty and students right here to pray for Fox's safe return home. Many believe the hostage takers are listening to their own faith and not taking the lives.
"Certainly in a Muslim culture faith is very crucial," said Dorothy Jean Weaver, Professor of the New Testament at Eastern Mennonite University.
Weaver is familiar with the Islamic culture and says Muslim leaders around the world calling for the release of the hostages is definitely helping the situation. She predicts the Iraqi's are figuring how to release the four men.
"Losing face is one of the most critical in the middle eastern culture it is something you never want to do or force someone else to do," said Weaver.
Schirch just wants to see her friend and the others released so they can continue their voyage.
"These four people were working on behalf of the human rights of Muslim people and people everywhere in the world," said Schirch.
Schirch said Fox's son and daughter are in california -- also hopeful for their father's safe return.