Counting the Cost: Kidnapped in the Niger Delta (Donovan)

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British missionaries David and Shirley Donovan were running a health center in Nigeria when a pounding on their bedroom door tipped their lives upside down. Threatened at gunpoint, held hostage and ransomed for a billion naira, they tell of the grace that allowed them to witness to their kidnappers in the midst of the chilling and disturbing realization of what man is capable of.



David Donovan has been a Primary Care doctor for over 20 years. In 2003 he co–founded New Foundations Medical Mission, working in the remote region of the Niger Delta.

Shirley Donovan graduated in history from Edinburgh University. She retrained in nursing to aid the Mission she co–established in Nigeria, in response to God’s call on her life.



This gripping book tells a true story of hostage–taking and murder, told first–hand by those who experienced it. It is also the story of how three hostages found God’s perspective in a time of great trial from a Bible which they had with them in captivity. I found the book both humbling and a great challenge to complacency.

- Alasdair Paine, Vicar of St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge and a trustee of Keswick Ministries.


 This testimony of God’s presence in the trial and the lessons learned will encourage and challenge every reader.

- Peter Maiden, International Director Emeritus, Operation Mobilisation


David and Shirley Donovan were willing to risk personal comfort and security in obedience to Christ. This book is their testimony to God’s goodness in sustaining them through an ordeal of pain, terror, and uncertainty.

- Sharon James, Conference speaker and author Leamington Spa, England


I finished the book praising God for their courage, and even more, for His all–sufficient grace in our Lord Jesus Christ.

- Charlie Wingard, Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Dean of Students, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi