Hillsboro church group OK following earthquake in Haiti

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

HILLSBORO, OH (FOX19) - It's been a hectic 24 hours for Brad Barber.

"You obviously have those moments of just that unknowingness," Barber said.
The unknowingness that his fellow church members, including his own father, may be in danger, a group of 17 members from the Good News Gathering Church in Hillsboro had just flown into Port-au- Prince Tuesday morning for their La Croix New Testament Mission. La Croix is about 90 miles North of Port-au- Prince.

"I actually was just heading home when I'd heard the breaking news that there was an earthquake and the first thing I did was turn around and came back," Barber said.
That's when he and others from the church tried to make contact, by phone, email, any way they could.
"We actually had emergency contact numbers that we were trying to get a hold of the team, however all international lines were busy when we tried to call," Barber said.
And suddenly their prayers were finally answered, just before 9:00 p.m. they finally received word.
"It was actually 8:57 p.m. -- I remember looking at the clock when I got the email from the team saying that they were okay," Barber said.
Now their issue is trying to get them back to the U.S. safe and sound, the group is scheduled to come back on Tuesday, but their trying to make arrangements before then.
"Some of our options we're looking at are taking them to an airport called Cap Haitien which is North on the North coast of Haiti, and possibly taking a chartered airplane to get them there," Barber said.
Barber says the most likely option is for them to fly out of the Dominican Republic, because American Airlines has told them all flights to and from Port-au-Prince have been canceled through February.

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