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David Fulton (60) and his wife Fiona (46), British missionaries who have been working in Gambia for 12 years, were arrested for sedition on November 29. The couple were paraded on state television and subsequently charged on December 4 with writing letters that criticized the country and for publishing and distributing materials "with the intent to bring into hatred or contempt, to excite disaffection against the President or the Government of Gambia." David and Fiona pleaded not guilty to the charges and the case was adjourned until December 16. Sources close to the Fultons maintain that the couple desires only to spread the Good News and that David's work as chaplain to the Gambian Army and Fiona's care of the terminally ill is not political. At last report, the Fultons were unable to secure bail and remained in detention. David is being held at the high security Mile Two prison while Fiona and their two-year-old adopted daughter are in custody at a police station in Gambia's capital, Banjul.

Pray that the charges brought against the couple will be dropped. Ask God to give them strength and health while in detention. Pray that they will rest in the knowledge that the Good Shepherd walks with them through this difficult time (Psalm 23).