It’s been three years today since the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh in Malaysia.
On Monday morning, February 13, 2017 Pastor Raymond Koh (pictured) was driving his car to visit a friend’s house. He never arrived. He was stopped in Petaling Jaya, Selangor State by unknown assailants and abducted in broad daylight. He has not been seen or heard from since and his car has never been found. Video of the entire abduction, which took less than a minute, was recorded by a nearby security camera. (You can see the video here.)
The 2017 abduction wasn’t the first time the pastor had faced persecution because of his faith; he had previously received a box of bullets in the mail, warning him to stop his ministry work. But the threats didn’t stop him, and in the months prior to his abduction, his wife noticed a spiritual deepening in her husband. She believes God was preparing him for the challenging time to come.
Early in 2019, Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission issued a report blaming the abductions of Pastor Raymond and others on the Special Branch of Malaysia’s police. But to date, no one has been held accountable, and Pastor Raymond’s whereabouts and condition remain unknown.
Please continue to pray for Raymond and his family. As well as praying we have also launched an online petition calling on the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Inspector General of Police to release Pastor Raymond immediately so that he can return to his family. You can sign the petition here.
Unfortunately, this is not the only case of Christians being kidnapped in Malaysia.
Pastor Joshua Hilmy, a Malay Muslim who converted to Christianity, and his Christian wife Ruth were last seen on November 30, 2016. The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia has said that a public enquiry into the disappearance of the couple will begin on Tuesday, February 18.
- That Pastor Koh, and the others abducted, will be found safe and well and that they will be able to return safely to their waiting families.
- That God will continue to support the families as they wait, not knowing whether their loved ones are alive or dead.
- For justice for all concerned.
- Sign the petition calling for the Release of Pastor Koh here.