Saturday, January 16, 2010

O.C. missionaries in Haiti being evacuated


Please pray for our brothers and sisters caught in the destruction that has enveloped Haiti.

By ERIKA I. RITCHIE
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER


MISSION VIEJO –– A group of missionaries from a local church may be evacuated as early as today from a Haiti orphanage due to difficult conditions, said Paul Beltis, husband of one of missionaries. "The team has decided to leave," said Beltis. "My wife has run out of medication and all of them are totally exhausted. Help and supplies are arriving and additional medical professionals will take over. Though it breaks their hearts to leave the kids, they are comfortable they will be taken care of as best as possible."

Paul Beltis –– a partner in Deloitte–– said his company has coordinated a security team that is rescuing company employees and has now turned its efforts to evacuating the Mission Viejo missionaries on a helicopter. They are expected to be taken to a U.S. ship or the airport. Deloitte has also contributed $100,000 to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts in Haiti.

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