Missionaries from Orange City and Sanford stuck in Haiti

- A church group from "the Journey" based out of  Orange City and Sanford traveled to Haiti on a mission trip last week.

Along with spreading the word they brought with them 25-hundred pairs of shoes for needy children. 

Now the group, made up of 7 kids and 13 adults, is stuck in Haiti, including Nancy Shaffer. Fox 35's Kelly Joyce spoke with her on the phone Monday.

Shaffer said, "We realized we would just have to turn around because there was no way to make it through to port au prince safely."

They were supposed to catch a flight back to the United States on Monday, but they were unable to get to the airport. The roads were shut down by protestors.

Shaffer said, "They'll set up barricades, they'll put old tires, they'll put cars, just anything that you know they can put in the center of the road. It can be piles of debris, rocks or anything to just create a barrier so that cars can't pass."

The protestors are upset with the government.

It was sparked by the Haitian Government's increase in gas prices. Violent protests broke out and road blocks went up. The government has since rescinded the fuel price hike. And now, the missionaries don't know when they will get home. 

Pastor Tom Wycuff says they have everything they need in the camp and they are not in danger.
He said, "They feel extremely safe. it hasn't been a chaotic or crazy scene, it's just been more of an inconvenience.just can't move through the traffic."

Parishioners and pastors back home are praying.

In the meantime, the group in Haiti trying to make the most of their extended trip, handing out bags of rice and beans to locals in need.

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