VIDEO: Pilot says ‘thanks for prayers’ after he, 2 SA volunteers released from Mozambique prison

Ryan Koher at his home in Nampula, Mozambique (PHOTO: YouTube screenshot)

US missionary pilot Ryan Koher, 33 who was provisionally released from prison in Mozambique last week, together with two South Africans, WJ du Plessis, 77, and Eric Dry, 65, has shared a video in which he thanks Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) co-workers and others who have prayed for him and his family during the four months the three men were in jail.

Speaking from his home in Nampula, northern Mozambique, where he will wait for the judicial process to move forward on his case, he said their supporters’ prayers “definitely made a difference and the Lord has definitely answered your prayers and He’s continuing to stand with us through this trial”.

The three men, who were arrested on November 4 in Inhambane, southern Mozambique, as they were preparing to load supplies on the airplane for an orphanage in the northern part of the country, have been told to remain in Mozambique as the case is still ongoing. They were accused of supporting terrorists operating in the north of the country.

Asked by Gateway News for news of the two SA volunteers, MAF-SA marketing and communications officer Jazz Christie said neither the men nor their families were making any statements yet as the case is still considered sensitive.

Ryan is doing well. He has been to a doctor for a checkup and also met with the US Ambassador to Mozambique and some of his staff. He has also been talking regularly with his wife, Annabel, and his two boys who are currently in the US.

Jazz Christie told Gateway News that no date has been set for the trial yet but they were trusting and praying that the case comes to a close swiftly with all charges dropped.

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She said they were also praying for the Mozambican authorities to release the orphanage supplies they confiscated. She said they have already returned MAF’s Cessna 206 aircraft.

She urged people to continue to pray for the three men as they await the conclusion of the case.

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