Algeria's news agency is reporting nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by Islamic militants are now free.
However, at least two Americans remain hostages and 12 workers have been killed.
The group was taken hostage during a standoff at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert on Wednesday. A West Michigan native works at the plant and his family is asking for the community's prayers.
Cathy Headley of Zeeland received only a few words in an e-mail from her brother, Mike Langley, on Friday morning. However, she said it was enough to let her know that he's still OK.
"He just said, 'No fear,' that he's just being held at the base," Headley said.
Headley's brother, a 50-year old BP safety engineer, was in a nearby building when the hostages were taken.
"There's always that fear that it's not over yet, so we're asking for prayers from the community," she said.
Headley said her brother was originally expected to be home in the next few days, but she's been told he is now helping round up other BP workers to prepare for evacuation. It's not clear how long that will take, she said.