Hartwell Mission Team Set to Return Home Thursday

A missions team from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Hartwell is expected to be arriving home from Haiti Thursday evening.

Wednesday, Associate Pastor Caleb Bond said the group, headed by their pastor, the Reverend Jason Webb, will be leaving for home Thursday morning and are expected to arrive in Atlanta about 7p Thursday evening.

Bond said church members had planned to hold another prayer vigil Thursday evening on the town square, but now he says that will be turned into a time of praise and thanksgiving.

“I know that our people on the mission team will not be there, but we want to get together and just say, ‘thank you’ to the community for praying,” he said. “And we’re going to do some worship and just do some celebration worship and we’re also going to pray for Haiti.”

Bond said he had not spoken to the Pastor as of Wednesday morning, but said he has heard that the violence in Haiti has died down enough to allow the group to head to the airport in Port Au Prince today.

The group has been stranded in Haiti a week longer than planned because of rioting in the streets over the government’s decision to raise gas prices there from $4 to $7 a gallon.

Just before they were to leave last Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti told them to stay in the compound where they were ministeringm which is located some two hours outside of Port Au Prince.

Anyone interested in participating in the prayer celebration is welcome to attend.

It will be held at 8p Thursday evening on the town square in downtown Hartwell, right in front of the County Courthouse.