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Two Shoals mission groups headed home from Haiti

The mission groups are expected to be in the Tennessee Valley by Tuesday night.

Posted: Jul. 10, 2018 4:38 PM
Updated: Jul. 10, 2018 7:12 PM

Two Shoals church groups are on their way home after violent protests in Haiti left them stranded in the country since Saturday.

Fourteen members of Russellville First Baptist and five members of Cornerstone Church of Christ were in Haiti for separate mission trips when protests and riots in the country shutdown roadways to the capital's airport.

"They went on top of the building and on all four sides there were tires burning. They were blocking the roads and at that point they realized okay we can't leave," said Anna Brown, whose parents are with the Cornerstone church group in Haiti. "We were scared because we didn't exactly know what was going on. They've been over there several times, dads been over there a dozen times and goes several times a year and this has never happened so we were worried for their safety."

Browns parents, Arvy and Debbie Dupuy, have been involved in Haiti since the earthquakes. Brown said her father Arvy started a group called, Liberte Ministries and they are in the process of building a new orphanage and school for local children, when the protests broke out.

Fourteen members of Russellville First Baptist found themselves in the same situation. Both mission teams were in two different parts of Haiti and couldn't get to the Port Au Prince airport to fly out.

Brown said she didn't know when her parents and the other mission groups would get to come home, but Tuesday both groups made it to the Port Au Prince airport and are now coming home.

"God answers prayers. We've all been praying and God's definitely heard all of our prayers," said Brown.

If everything goes according to plan the group from Cornerstone is expected to land at Huntsville International Airport a little after 10 p.m. Tuesday night. The group from Russellville is expected to land in Atlanta before 4 p.m.

Both churches said this bump in the road will not stop them from returning to do mission work in Haiti.

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