Violent protests in Haiti are causing problems for members of a northeast Georgia church as they remain stranded following a mission trip.
The group from Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Hartwell has been forced to hunker down at their camp because of violent protests brought on by the government's attempt to raise fuel prices.
The 22 missionaries had spent a week in the impoverished Caribbean country when the riots began. They were scheduled to fly home to Georgia on Sunday, but more riots broke out. Protesters have blocked roads between the camp and the airport in the nation's capital of Port Au Prince.
For safety reasons, the U.S. Embassy ordered the missionaries not to leave their base camp until the riots subside.
CBS46 News spoke by phone with Mount Olivet's Senior Pastor Jason Webb, who is one of the stranded missionaries. He said it's now looking like it will be Friday before Delta can book them on a flight to Atlanta.
Webb said he and 21 others have no regrets about going on their mission trip. They spent the week ministering to the people of Haiti, holding Vacation Bible School classes for Haitian children, distributing food, and making repairs to homes the group built in previous years.
While they wait for their new flight, they don't plan to sit around and worry.
“We have about three orphanages that our mission group Acts 1:8 supports, and one is a special needs orphanage," said Webb. "They’re literally about 200 yards from our compound, and so at the very least, we’re going to get to go over there and spend time with them, hug on them, love on them, and tell them that we love them because God loves them.”
Armed guards are protecting the base camp, Webb said, adding that the missionaries have plenty of food.
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