On February 26, 2015, The World Methodist Council released a prayer request for kidnapping victim Rev. Phyllis Sorter and other abducted Christians. The following expressions of solidarity for Rev. Sorter and her family were received.
Bishop Abrahams and Friends, we thank you for calling the global Wesleyan-Methodist family to join in prayer for Rev. Phyllis Sortor.
Gratefully with hope,
David W. Kendall
Bishop Serving in the United States and Africa
Greetings in the name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.
I write on behalf of myself and members of Methodist Church Nigeria to commiserate with the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United States of America over the abduction of The Rev. Phyllis Sortor who works with Hope Academy in Emiworo, Kogi State on Monday 23d February, 2015.
Methodist Church Nigeria condemns this dastardly act and assures the World Methodist Council, the US Embassy in Abuja and the Consular in Lagos that we are praying fervently for her immediate release.
His Eminence, Samuel ‘Emeka Kanu Uche
Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria
Our prayers are with the family of Rev Sortor. Indeed it is terrible thing to happen to those who offer their lives in helping the vulnerable and marginalised people We joint the wider Methodist family in praying to God to keep safe and that her release will be soon.
Rev Suzanne Membe-Matale
Council of Churches in Zambia
We pray for the safe return of this faithful servant. We stand in solidarity with our sister denomination, mindful of the vulnerability of missionaries throughout the world.
The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
Our prayers are with you all at this crucial time for the release of the missionary. Continue to pray.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Kenris Carey
The Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church