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Friends and strangers

Missions | Christians in Southern California who help international refugees rebuild their lives are discovering a new mission field
by Sophia Lee
Posted 8/07/15, 01:00 am

ANAHEIM, Calif.—They looked lost and haggard at the Los Angeles airport terminal, watching human traffic zigzag in all directions. It had been a long flight from Afghanistan via Saudi Arabia for the family of five and the 25-year-old bachelor. They’d been strangers back home, but here in this bustling airport, the family and young man were linked by a temporary kinship: They were all Muslim Afghan refugees waiting for a stranger to pick them up in a strange country.

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Abducted missionary set free in Nigeria

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by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/06/15, 09:35 pm

An American missionary abducted last month from a school in Nigeria has been released and is safe, the Free Methodist Church USA said today.

In a statement on the church website, Bishop David Kendall said the Rev. Phyllis Sortor, 71, was released “into the care of authorities and Free Methodist Church leaders.” Armed men abducted her Feb. 23 from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi state, and demanded a ransom of nearly $300,000.

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U.S. missionary snatched in Nigeria

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by Leigh Jones
Posted 2/25/15, 01:20 pm

Masked gunmen kidnapped an American missionary in central Nigeria on Monday and are demanding $300,000 for her release.

The Rev. Phyllis Sortor, a missionary with Free Methodist Church in Seattle, was working as a financial administrator for Hope Academy in Kogi state. On Monday morning, five gunmen vaulted over the school’s wall and took Sortor, later calling a friend to issue the ransom demand.

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