TRUSSVILLE, Ala (WIAT) -- - UPDATE 2 PM July 10, 2018: The Trussville church group that was stranded in Haiti has arrived safely back at Faith Community Fellowship!
Watch the CBS 42 News at 5 and 6 to hear from the students and parents about the ordeal.
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A group of students and parent chaperones from Faith Community Fellowship in Trussville are headed to back to Alabama after being stranded in Haiti on mission trip.
The group of 30 students had been in Haiti since Saturday, June 30th. They became stranded in there Saturday night after the airport in Port Au Prince was shutdown due to riots and civil arrest.
The riots began Saturday after the Commerce Ministry an Economic Ministry announced an increase in gas and oil prices from 38 percent to 51 percent for gasoline, diesel and kerosene.
Pastor Mike Ennis says the church group had been staying in a compound kept safe from the violent climate. Ennis says the group was never in imminent danger and had plenty of supplies.
“We have been in a situation in a compound. Our students all week, and the entire time we have never been in any immediate danger. The entire time we have had plenty of supplies. I know have some struggled with that. But we’ve had a very safe situation so we’ve been very thankful for that. Our concern was obviously getting them out but getting them to the airport safely." said Ennis
Ennis says after working non-stop since Saturday, the church wa able to book a private flight from Haiti to Fort Lauderdale, FL. The church group has landed in Florida Monday night and will continue their journey home to Birmingham on Tuesday.