by Carey Lodge
Rev Phyllis Sortor, a missionary with the Free Methodist Church, was abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi state, on Monday morning.
Mike Henry, staff pastor of the Wenatchee Free Methodist Church in Washington state, has worked with Sortor on charity projects in Nigeria the past. He told AP that the missionary, who grew up in Mozambique, was his "inspiration of courage".
A spokeswoman for Seattle Pacific University, which Sortor attended in the 1960s, said the college was "proud of her untiring service to God and the people of Nigeria".
"[We] are earnestly praying for her safety and immediate release," she added.
"She believes in God, she's doing God's work," Sortor's stepson, Richard, told reporters at a prayer service on Monday night...