The Northwest Iowa mission team that survived the earthquake in Haiti is back on American soil. Scott Van Aartsen reports on how the fiancé of one of the mission teammembers found out about their return:
Heidi Nissen is the fiancé of Dr. Chad Brown, a dentist who went with the Sheldon group. KIWA Radio’s Wayne Barahona was speaking with Nissen about the plight of the Sheldon team when she received word that the team was back in the United States. Nissen got two text messages telling her the team was in New Jersey. She then got a text from Brown while on the radio, the first text from him in one week.
Nissen says that her strength through this whole ordeal came from above — and from those who prayed with her. Nissen thanked those who had prayed for her and the team throughout the week as she says it was the only thing they could do and it was the right thing to do. The team, which this time had many medical professionals and few carpenters had wondered why there were so many medical professionals on this trip.
Members of the team now say it was divine intervention — that God knew there would be a need for medical care while they were there. The Iowans waited at an airport for over 12 hours Thursday hoping to catch a flight back to the U.S. Their return trip was delayed because of all the humanitarian aid arriving from around the world.
Scott Van Aartsen, KIWA, Sheldon