The Mission Organization Asks Christians To Pray For The Release Of Two Volunteers And A Missionary Pilot Who Are Detained In Mozambique

The Mission Organization Asks Christians To Pray For The Release Of Two Volunteers And A Missionary Pilot Who Are Detained In Mozambique
The Mission Organization Asks Christians To Pray For The Release Of Two Volunteers And A Missionary Pilot Who Are Detained In Mozambique

Christians are urged to pray for the release of three volunteers who are being held in Mozambique: two volunteers, a missionary pilot, and a third volunteer.

Christians are being urged by the American organization Mission Aviation Fellowship to pray for the release and safety of two South African volunteers and one of its pilots, Ryan Koher, who have been held in detention in Mozambique for almost a month on suspicion of aiding rebel activity.

Koher, 31, and two South Africans, W.J. du Plessis, 77, and Eric Dry, 69, were arrested on November 4 in the coastal city of Inhambane as they were preparing to load supplies onto a plane for transport to church-run orphanages in the Montepuez neighborhood of the violent Cabo Delgado Province.

“I urge Christians around the world to pray for Ryan’s safety and swift release, and call on those in power both in Mozambique and here in the U.S. to do everything they can to resolve this wrongful detainment,” MAF President and CEO David Holsten said in a statement Friday.

While conducting the normal security scan at the airport, police asked about the supplies — vitamins, over-the-counter medications and food preservatives — Koher was to deliver for the orphanages and adult staff, the ministry said, adding that Koher is a pilot for its partner, Ambassador Aviation Ltd.

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“None of the confiscated material belonged to Koher nor had it been loaded onto the airplane. AAL has been conducting these annual supply charter flights to the orphanages since 2014.”

The Mission Organization Asks Christians To Pray For The Release Of Two Volunteers And A Missionary Pilot Who Are Detained In Mozambique

According to MAF, the three guys were imprisoned on a written charge that has not yet been determined.

Even though it was believed that the three men were aiding the insurgency, “Ambassador Aviation has long endeavored to care for those who have been affected by the conflict, including evacuating innocent residents following an insurgent strike in March 2021.”

Islamic extremists have been taking advantage of a problem in Cabo Delgado, a coastal province. In 2017, a civil war broke out over a region rich in natural resources, including gold, graphite, gas, and rubies. Protesters demonstrated against what they claim is money from the ruling Frelimo Party going to an elite with few jobs for locals.

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In the mostly Muslim region of Cabo Delgado in the otherwise Christian-majority country, Islamic extremists kidnap women and force boys to become child soldiers, The Washington Post reported in October.

“In 2017, jihadist insurgents began in the Cabo-Delgado province, winning over some locals due to the fact that they gave back resources to villagers from the government, and killed no one,” the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported. “This did not last, however, as IS started setting fire to Christian villages, and killing those who lived there.”

However, MAF said that Embassy officials were refused access to Koher at a prison in Inhambane and that a lawyer from AAL, the U.S. Embassy, is involved in the case. Later, Koher was transferred to the high-security Machava prison outside of Maputo.

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Ryan is a kind and polite person, according to Holsten. He and his wife have put a lot of effort into learning Mozambique’s language and culture over the past few years in order to better assist the people who depend on our service. Naturally, the family has found this position to be quite difficult. We all really feel that Ryan is innocent, and we are all hoping that the allegations against him will be dropped and that Ryan will be released as soon as possible.

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