30 members on mission trip at time of terrorist attack
Monterey Church works to bring more than 30 members of its congregation home from a mission trip in west Africa after a deadly terrorist attack just miles away from where they are staying.
The attack happened Friday in the capital city of Burkina Faso.
All of the missionaries from Monterey are safe, but the church is still making plans to bring them home.
“We’ve heard from them. They’re all very calm, and they’re just kind of getting refocused on what they can do,” Monterey Church Elder Bill Werner said.
Werner is an elder at Monterey Church, and his wife is one of the more than 30 people in Burkina Faso’s capital.
The group traveled on a mission trip to work with orphaned children, but are now spending much of their time in a hotel.
“As much as we’re concerned, we are not worried, because God has got the situation under control, and we have a lot of peace about that,” Werner said.
The mission trip is run through the nonprofit organization Compassion International that sponsors underprivileged children around the world.
Many of the people on the trip were going to spend time with the children they have been sponsoring for years.
“We are there to take care of little children. We build training facilities for them there. Not only do we support them financially, this trip was for them to visit the children that they are supporting financially,” the Rev. Rougeau McWhorter of Monterey Church said.
Compassion International is working on getting the group home. It won’t disclose where the group is or what their plan is at this time for fear of putting a target on the group’s back.
“We are not going to disclose where they are staying or any plans for an early departure out of the country. We just want to take good care of them and make sure they’re comfortable, and they are,” Compassion International representative Tim Glenn said.
For now, it’s a waiting game for the loved ones of those still overseas.
“They know that we are connected. We are a body. Though we are miles and continents away, we are very close,” Werner said.
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