MAF Calls for Release of American Pilot Wrongfully Detained in Mozambique Since Nov. 4

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) urge officials in Mozambique to expedite the release of pilot Ryan Koher, a U.S. citizen who has been wrongfully detained in the country since November 4.

MAF also called on U.S. government leaders to do everything in their power to bring Koher home, and invited Christians around the world to pray for Koher’s safety and swift release.

“Ryan Koher did nothing wrong,” says MAF President and CEO David Holsten. “His wife and children deserve to have him back home in time for Christmas, and the organization that serves the orphans in northern Mozambique needs the supplies he was trying to deliver when he was wrongly detained.

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.”

Koher, 31, is a pilot for Ambassador Aviation Ltd. (AAL), which is a partner of U.S.-based non-profit MAF. He was detained in Mozambique November 4 along with two South African nationals – W.J. du Plessis, 77, and Eric Dry, 69 – on the apparent suspicion of supporting insurgents in the country. The two South Africans had brought in the supplies for the orphanages.

Koher was detained prior to piloting a charter flight to deliver supplies to orphanages near Montepuez, Mozambique. While conducting the normal security scan at the airport November 4, police took an interest in some supplies Koher was to deliver for the orphanages and adult staff.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for Ryan Koher’s swift release.
  • Pray the Lord’s profound encouragement over Koher’s wife and two sons.
  • Pray for God’s name to be glorified and for Mozambicans to know Jesus as Savior.