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An Update on Pilot Ryan Koher


To view a short video from Annabel Koher, Ryan’s wife, it can be viewed here.


Praise the Lord for the call between Annabel and Ryan early Tuesday morning! It took some effort, but after some delay, Annabel was able to speak with Ryan beginning around 2:30 a.m. Nampa, Idaho, time. Annabel and Ryan were able to talk for several minutes with the hope of being able to do so more often in the near future. God is good.

Annabel said it was wonderful that the boys heard their dad’s voice. She said, “It was encouraging to hear Ryan’s voice and know that he really is doing well considering the circumstances. Waking the boys with Ryan’s voice on speaker and seeing their huge smiles was such a sweet moment. I feel an increase in peace and steadfastness as we continue praying and waiting on the Lord. Those nearly two hours will be cherished until we next talk or he is released”

Annabel also said that Ryan shared that, “he is greatly encouraged by the global body of Christ praying and showing Jesus’ love during this time.”

Ryan said reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, Cost of Discipleship, impacted him. He noted the need to be surrendered to God’s will and the fact that “Time is short, but eternity is long.”

He gets to have breakfast in the main area with the two South African men and they can be in the sun for a period of time. Ryan asked that we continue to pray for the South Africans who are also detained.

As for Ryan’s health, overall, he is doing well, but is dealing with itching. He has requested prayer for this since a prescription prescribed for him is not working.

Please continue to pray for Ryan and Annabel and that they continue to be strengthened by the Lord, and that this time apart will quickly end.

Please continue to send encouraging notes as they are uplifting to Annabel and she is able to pass along some of the comments to Ryan. Emails can be sent to

If you live in the Nampa, Idaho, area where MAF headquarters are located, notes and cards for Annabel can be left at the front desk at 112 N. Pilatus Lane, Nampa, or anyone can mail something to Annabel Koher at PO Box 47, Nampa, Idaho, 83653.


Thank you for your prayers on behalf of Ryan and Annabel. God has been gracious in responding to those prayers. MAF’s country director was given permission to personally visit Ryan. Until now, only his attorney and embassy officials were allowed to visit him.

The country director reported that Ryan looked good. 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.

The country director was told that Ryan will be able to have a telephone conversation with his wife, who is back in the U.S. Even though the conversation for Annabel will take place sometime between midnight and 6:30 a.m. next week, she will not mind in the least! While we praise the Lord for this blessing after 11 weeks of separation, please pray that the phone call will take place as planned.

Please continue to pray that Ryan will be released upon completion of the lengthy investigation. The prosecutor is preparing to refer the case to the Criminal Investigation Judge to decide on Ryan’s release, allow bail, or to leave Ryan in jail. So your prayers are greatly needed on behalf of Ryan.

If you desire to send words of encouragement to Annabel, they can be emailed at


Thank you for your faithfulness in praying for Ryan and Annabel.

Below is the latest letter from Ryan as well as an excerpt of a letter he sent to his wife, Annabel. His faith remains strong and he is an encouragement to those around him.

An official from the embassy was able to meet with Ryan last Friday and they reported to Annabel on his safety and health. There are no issues related to his personal treatment in prison but he does have some minor medical issues related to bug bites.

Ryan’s attorney continues to press authorities to allow him to be released.

Excerpt from Ryan’s letter to his wife, Annabel:

If you want to send an email to uplift Annabel you can reach her at While she may not be able to respond to all emails, she will be encouraged by your support.


We are asking that you pray for Ryan Koher, a pilot for Mission Aviation Fellowship, who is in a high security prison in Mozambique. On November 4, he met two South Africans at an airport in southern Mozambique for a routine flight. They were bringing supplies for orphanages in the northern part of the country and it was a flight MAF, known as Ambassador Aviation Ltd. in Mozambique, had flown many times in the past. Before the airplane was loaded, police conducted a normal scan of the goods and had concerns about some vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and food preservative supplies that were going to staff at the orphanages.

Ryan and the two South Africans were detained that day on an accusation that quickly escalated to “supporting terrorism.” It has now been over 60 days of incarceration for Ryan and the two South Africans without any written charges and an investigation that is ongoing.

The northern part of the country has been dealing with jihadist insurgents for the past couple of years. To better understand the politics involved, Christianity Today wrote an excellent article about Ryan and the conflict in northern Mozambique that can be found here.

We ask that you fervently pray for the accusations to be dropped and for Ryan’s release from prison. 

Annabel and their two young sons have returned to MAF headquarters in Nampa, Idaho and are being cared for by family, their church family, and MAF staff. 

The prosecutor for Ryan’s case is out of the hospital from an undisclosed illness and has returned to work. This is important because Ryan’s attorney continues to press for a dismissal of the case, or at the very least, bail for Ryan.

An official from the U.S. Embassy is visiting Ryan on January 6. Currently, only Ryan’s attorney can visit him, with limited visits by embassy officials. Embassy officials believe that Ryan is innocent of any charges and his release is a priority for them.

Rolland Trempert, country director for Ambassador Aviation Ltd. (as MAF is known in Mozambique), was in the capital city of Maputo and had separate meetings with Ryan’s attorney and U.S. Embassy officials. He learned important details about the process and the case. He did attempt to visit Ryan, which he was not able to do since Ryan is still in the high security section of the prison. Rolland was able to meet with the director of the prison and they had a cordial visit.

If you want to send an email to uplift Annabel you can reach her at While she may not be able to respond to all emails, she will be encouraged by your support.