Russellville church group arrives home after being stuck in Haiti due to violent protests


Russellville, Alabama First Baptist Church

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – A church group from Russellville is back home early Tuesday after violent protests in Haiti over fuel prices canceled flights and made roads unsafe.

A Facebook video shows their arrival just around midnight in white vans. Family members and friends rejoice as members of the team stepped out.

Church groups in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama are among those who weren’t able to leave, according to newspaper and television reports.

Russellville’s First Baptist Church has been updating members through its Facebook page about what’s next for the team in Haiti.

A recent post reads, “Just got a text from Patrick!! “We’re all on board. Coming home.” Best news I’ve gotten all day!!! 🙌🏻🙏🏻 Continue to pray for travel mercies! We know God is protecting them as they come home!! Thank you, Lord!!”

The church team held Vacation Bible School, distributed food, and visited Mother Theresa’s Children’s Hospital.

Chapin United Methodist Church in South Carolina posted online Sunday that its mission team is safe but stranded too. Marcy Kenny, assimilation minister for the church, told The State newspaper that the group is hoping the unrest will abate enough for them to make it to the airport.

The Alabama Baptist shared that a team from a Trussville church is also stranded in Haiti.

A North Carolina doctor and his son were part of a medical mission group had flights canceled. Shelley Collins tells WRAL-TV that her husband, James, and their son made it to an airport but were having trouble getting a flight.