08-25-2020 - Retired Dick and Adorae Lester Kidnapped In A Kenyan Game Reserve (1980)
Kidnapped In A Kenyan Game Reserve (1980)
Retired Leuzinger High School counselor and math teacher Adorae Lester was kidnapped with her husband in a Kenyan game reserve. She said they had flown to the African nation to visit an exchange student, who stayed with them and whom they later adopted. “The newspapers covered it but didn’t write much about the feelings I went through at the time,” she said.
In 1980, for their 25th wedding anniversary, Dick and Adorae Lester set off on the trip of their dreams. After hosting two African foreign exchange students in their homes as sons over the last few years and meeting many of their countrymen, they had a love for Africa and its people, so for their 25th wedding anniversary they had planned a six-week trip to Kenya and Ghana to visit their sons’ homelands. They did not know how true the Kenya Tourist Board’s slogan “For life long memories, visit Kenya” was going to be when they booked a three-day safari to the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya with hopes of also visiting the school their Kenyan son Philip had attended. They never dreamed that their lives would be in danger or that they might not make it back home alive.
Her book "Hijacked on the Masai Mara: An African Safari off the Beaten Track" contains the true story of kidnapping and terror in the African bush, a brave safari guide, and the faithful God who brought them home safely. It was published in 2014. Paperback, 47 pages.