University newspaper in Pennsylvania recounts rescue of missionaries in Haiti

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February 17, 2010

Categories: In The News,

By Brent Walcoff

When Reverend Cheryl F. Meinschein announced in November a mission to Haiti to work with the local children, senior Elementary Education major Emily Behm seized the opportunity. Prior to the departure, Behm was not concerned with natural disasters, but instead was focused on the attempted terrorist attack that has happened on Christmas day on a Delta Airlines flight…

… Behm was in the office when she described what she thought was a “train or a big truck” beginning to shake the desk where she was. Behm and Lazarus Project director, Debbie Berquist, immediately sought refuge under their desks when the books that had moments earlier lined the shelves came crashing to the ground. Following suit were light fixtures and ceiling tiles, one of which struck Behm. Moments later, the earth settled and Behm emerged from her shelter. Pushing away piles of debris that surrounded her, she made her way to the courtyard where the pastor took a head-count and recited a prayer…

…Later that evening, Behm and company returned to their compound to hear that the insurance company had hired Global Rescue, led by a retired Navy SEAL, to remove the group of missionaries early the next morning. Global Rescue arrived in rental Sport Utility Vehicles, armed with machine guns. That evening, the group was instructed to take just one piece of luggage and they were flown to the Dominican Republic…

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