Haitian mission team makes it to Port au Prince in effort to return home
Submitted by Howard Owens on January 16, 2010 - 12:35pm
The Lutheran mission team, which includes two Batavia residents, that was in Haiti when the 7.0 earthquake hit Monday has made it safely to the Port-au-Prince airport, according to Jason Christ.
Yesterday, WBTA's Geoff Redick spoke with Rev. Allen Werk (mp3), pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, who described the plan for the group's return.
Werk said once the group reached the Port-au-Prince airport, a military aircraft would take them to either Florida or the Dominican Republican, and from either of those airports, they could take a commercial flight home.
The big challenge was transportation from Les Cayes to Port au Prince. The group regularly depends on a bus driver based in Port au Prince, which is where the driver was when the quake struck.
"Somehow or another he found gas in Port au Prince for his bus and is right now on his way from Port au Prince to Les Cayes," Werk said yesterday.
On the trip from Batavia are Sharon Wolf and Zach Ashley.
One of the team members from Tonawanda, Sue Steege, occasionally updates her Twitter account with the group's status.
Apparently, at least two members of the group are still awaiting visas.