A Christian Missionary from the U.S. Has Been Kidnapped in Nigeria

A U.S. missionary from the Free Methodist Church has been kidnapped in Nigeria. The church posted on their website that Rev. Phyllis Sortor, “our missionary in Nigeria, was abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi State, Nigeria by several persons. The U.S. Embassy has been notified, and the State Department and the FBI are working with local authorities to find and rescue her. We are calling on the U.S. church to join together in prayer for Phyllis’ safety and speedy release.” In addition to her work at the school providing education to local children, Rev. Sortor was also helping to build clean water wells in the community. As Reuters notes, kidnapping is a significant criminal problem in the country. However, the region where the abduction occurred has historically not seen much activity from the Islamic radical group Boko Haram, militants who have terrorized other areas in the northern part of the country …

UPDATE: The gunmen are now demanding $300,000 for Rev. Sortor’s return.

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