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Missionary Pilot Jailed in Mozambique, Family and Mission Group Plead for Prayer

Randy Mancini 2 December 5, 2022

Meanwhile, Koher's wife, Annabel, can only communicate with him through letters. 

"It seems like it was connected to the location of the flight. It was going up the north where there are insurgents right now there. There have been attacks, but we have been doing work to help the victims of those attacks," she told KTVB-TV. "We're not exactly sure where the miscommunication was or the misunderstanding."

The family moved to Mozambique last December in support of Koher's work with MAF but had to later relocate to the United States because of security protocols.

However, Ryan continued his work with the mission. 

"Ryan is a caring and gentle individual," Holsten added. "Over the last couple of years, he and his wife have worked hard to learn the language and culture of Mozambique to better serve those who rely on our service."

He added, "Understandably, this situation has been very challenging for the family. We fully believe in Ryan's innocence, and we are all praying that this issue will be resolved very soon with the charges dismissed and Ryan released."

MAF officials say Koher's situation is unusual.

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"We haven't seen it at all, and honestly, just detainment like this, it's a surprise to us," MAF Chief People Officer Ruth Harrison said. "[The locals] are as puzzled as we are on this, 'cause it doesn't make sense. It is out of character." 

"Ryan is a gentle giant," she added. "We know Ryan is innocent. There is really no reason for him to be held at this point."