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10/24/17 at 07:40 PM 0 Comments

Nigeria: Four British missionaries kidnapped

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Shirley Donovan ministering in Nigeria

By Mark Ellis

Four Britons serving as medical missionaries in southern Nigeria have been kidnapped by a militant group.

A former general practitioner from Cambridge, David Donovan, and his wife Shirley, were taken from their home in a rural area of Delta State on October 13th, according to The Times.

The two other victims were identified by police only by their first names: “Alana” and “Tyan”.

The doctor and his wife, both 57, work with New Foundations, a Christian medical mission that provides help to remote villages in the Niger Delta.

They have served as missionaries for 14 years. In 2003 they launched a boat clinic serving isolated villages. Four years later they set up a health clinic in one of those villages where child mortality was high, according to The Times.

In the last two years they conducted 500 cataract operations, treated 16,000 patients, vaccinated 4,000 children and set up rain-harvesting systems in eight villages. They have also been providing Bible training.

Sandra Linnane, 54, visited the couple in Nigeria last year after students at the school where she works raised money for New Foundations.

“It was fantastic to see the work that they are doing and working with the leaders of the community,” she said. “They are a very caring couple. They are passionate about the work they are doing.”

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