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Orange County missionaries return from Haiti

Missionaries from an Orange County church were airlifted out of Haiti and returned to Southern California Sunday. After the quake, the missionaries quickly turned the structure into a triage center for the injured.

January 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Missionaries from an Orange County church were airlifted out of Haiti and returned safely to Southern California Sunday night.

Eleven missionaries from the Mission Viejo Christian Church were in Haiti when the 7.0 earthquake struck. Members of the church have been volunteering at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince for nearly six years. The orphanage itself did not collapse. Missionaries quickly turned the structure into a triage center for the injured.

"I knew quickly we were in trouble, because I could see buildings pancaking and falling all around us, and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt god was right there with me on the rooftop. I felt his presence at my side and I just stayed there. I just stayed in his presence until it stopped," said Judy Beltis, one of the missionaries.

The church hopes to return to Haiti and their orphanage as soon as things settle down.


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