Mission group from middle Tennessee trapped in Haiti during unrest

Mission team in Haiti. (Photos: Providence United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet)

MT. JULIET, Tenn. -- Nearly two dozen people from middle Tennessee group are stranded in Haiti after riots broke out in it's capital.

Demonstrations took place Saturday in Port-au-Prince following a fuel price hike. As a result, roadways were closed and numerous flights canceled.

A mission team of 17-18 people with Providence United Methodist Church were to return home on Sunday, but their Delta flight was one of the many canceled.

PUMC released a statement:

Thank you for your prayers for our mission team in Haiti! As Pastor Pierce mentioned this morning in worship, despite the unrest in Port au Prince and the surrounding area, our team is safe at their hotel in Montrouis. They are in good spirits and feel your love and support and prayers! Although originally scheduled to return today, it looks as if the team's return will be delayed a day or two, and many people are working hard to find other arrangements to bring them safely home. Until then, the team wants us to know they are safe and sound in their hotel and will remain there until it is safe to return. Please join us as we continue to pray God's peace and protection for our team, for other mission teams in the area, and for the people they are there to love and serve in Haiti.

Some flights resumed Sunday.

Delta released a statement:

Delta’s flights have resumed in Haiti while we continue to monitor the situation on ground and support any customers in need as their safety and security remains our top priority.

Delta said they have reached out to a member of the mission team.

CNN reports that more than 100 Americans are at a hotel, which demonstrators reportedly tried to set fire to on Saturday.

The Associated Press says there are church groups from several states that haven't been able to leave.

No American injuries have been reported, according to the U.S. Embassy.

Tourists and missionaries were warned Saturday to shelter in place.

UPDATE: Delta Airlines comped plane tickets home for these missionaries!

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