Highland Park church volunteers at airport for evacuation from Haiti

| January 14, 2010

All 12 members of a medical mission from Highland Park United Methodist have made it from the village of Petit Goave to an airport in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and are awaiting evacuation, church spokeswoman Kim Gifford said this morning.

Several of the missionaries were injured — two seriously — when a free eye clinic they were operating in Petit Goave collapsed during the earthquake, Gifford said. Some of them had to be dug out of the rubble by other church members, she said.

The church has charter planes on standby to evacuate the group, Gifford said, but private flights to the country are currently restricted. The church is working with the State Department to get the missionaries out of Haiti, and expects at least some of them to be evacuated soon.

The church is withholding the names of the most of the missionaries at the request of their families, Gifford said.



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