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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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Texas man vanishes in Mexico, raises fears about mission trip safety

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by J.C. Derrick
Posted 2/13/15, 10:58 am

As demonstrators continue to protest the Mexican government’s perceived botched investigation into the disappearance of 43 students, the new disappearance of a Texas man is raising fresh questions about security south of the U.S. border.

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