All members of Hackettstown church group alive after Haiti earthquake

| January 13, 2010

HACKETTSTOWN — There were sighs of relief and prayers of joy at the Trinity United Church in Hackettstown this afternoon where church officials and family member said they were contacted by a mission group that had gone to Haiti last Saturday.

The Rev. Frank Fowler managed to make a brief telephone call at 12:10 p.m. today from a CNN satellite phone to report that he and all members of the Trinity mission team were safe and together.

Fowler told church member Bill Anzel that the mission team was at Port-au-Prince airport and hoping to get a flight home.

"We are all thankful that they are safe, that family and friends are well and not hurt," said Karen Fowler, the pastor's wife. "But we are still grieving for our brothers and sisters in Haiti and for the children found there."

The 7.0 -earthquake reportedly devastated the country’s capital, a teeming city of nearly 3 million people that struggled in recent years with rampant crime and poverty. Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital today after the powerful earthquake crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.

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