Missionary Pilot Imprisoned in Mozambique for 2 Months; Wife Gives Update

By Sylvia St. Cyr
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Missionary pilot Ryan Koher with his wife, Annabel, and their sons in April 2022. Ryan Koher has been detained in Mozambique since early November. (Photo courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship)

Ryan Koher has spent over two months in a prison in Mozambique after delivering a routine supply of necessities to orphans. 

Koher works for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Koher and his wife Annabel have been working as missionaries for MAF since 2019. In December 2021 they moved to Mozambique with their two young sons. 

“On November 4, 2022, Ryan was on a scheduled flight to the southern part of Mozambique to pick up supplies that would ultimately be delivered in the north,” says Annabel in an update video released to MAF. “Two South African men who are connected with the orphanage brought the supplies to the airport.”

What happened next shocked Ryan and the other men. 

“As they were going through normal airport security, an officer became suspicious of the vitamins, over-the-counter medicine, and food preservatives. This resulted in the detainment of both men, as well as Ryan.”

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In a Friday update, Mission Aviation Fellowship stated that their country director was given permission to personally visit Koher in prison.

“He reported that Ryan looked good,” stated the update. “He also reported that his faith is strong. Upon visiting with guards and other officials as he went through the various stages needed to visit Ryan, he heard how impressed the guards were with Ryan. He was pleased to see the positive impact for Christ that Ryan was having on others through his ordeal.”

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Ryan and Annabel Koher with their sons in 2021. (Photo courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship)

Annabel Koher goes on to share that it’s been over two months and all three are still in prison with accusations of insurgence, but without any formal charges laid. 

“Every prayer and note is an encouragement to me as I see the global body of Christ come together at the feet of Jesus, in many nations and tongues.”

Ryan was able to write a letter and send it from prison. In it, he shared his thoughts on the mental battle he faces daily. 

“‘There is a struggle between flesh and spirit in this trying time.’ He says [in the letter], ‘So the spirit and flesh are always at war, forcing me again and again to the feet of Jesus, where I find my strength so the outworking of my faith is confidence of mind.'”

Annabel and the boys moved back to the U.S.A as they wait for progress in Ryan’s case. 

“Overall, we are finding comfort in God’s sovereignty. He has given us an unexplainable peace in His will at this time. Just as we can see in many of David’s Psalms, our tears, crying out for help, are mingled with the praises of God’s glory and goodness.”

The US Embassy is advocating for Ryan’s release.

“We ask that you join us in fasting and praying for Ryan’s release and the spread of the gospel.”

This article was originally published at CHVN Radio.

Sylvia St. Cyr is an on-air radio host at CHVN, a Christian outlet in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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