Holy Family Cluster Haiti Mission Team sad to announce their trip has been cancelled

The mission team from last year’s trip to Haiti. Front, Father Laneau Nicolas (Anse Rouge parish priest). Front row, left to right: Monica Forbes, Monica Christensen, Mickey Cooper, Monica Staudt, Haitian nurse, Pam Whitters. Middle row: Tim Nagel, Mike Whitters, Haitian Dentist, Brenda Stahl, Tina Borden, Translator Beethoven, Diane Schutt, Translator Chris. Back Row: Jon Ahrendsen, Doug Nelson, Marty Crawford. Photo submitted

Ten people from Holy Family Catholic Cluster and the community were looking forward to what has become an annual mission trip to Haiti. The trip was only days away when the team was struck with some sad news. The priest and archbishop of the mission they support in Haiti requested that they cancel the trip.

            The situation there is currently too dangerous to allow for a safe trip. Monica Staudt, one of the team leaders for the trip, points to the U.S. State Departments Level 3 travel advisory for Haiti as being a concerning factor. The State Department’s website asks travelers to Haiti “to reconsider travel…due to crime and civil unrest.” The warning also notes, “Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable.  Violent crime, such as armed robbery and kidnappings are common.”

For the full story, see the Jan. 31st edition of the Monitor