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Local church group leaves Guatemala just before volcanic eruption

Members from a West Lafayette church are home safe after a mission trip to Guatemala. Their flight took off just as a volcano erupted on Sunday.

Posted: Jun. 7, 2018 11:44 PM
Updated: Jun. 7, 2018 11:50 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Members from a West Lafayette church are home safe after a mission trip to Guatemala. Their flight took off just before a volcano erupted on Sunday.

"The volcano apparently erupted, just about the time we took off," said Pastor Will Peugeot.

Pastor Peugeot of Our Saviour Lutheran Church said members didn't know what was happening at the time. In fact, they didn't know anything until they made it back to the United States.

"We actually found out about it when we were on our flight from Miami to Chicago," Pastor Peugeot.

Members of the church take mission trips to Guatemala every year. They team up with Christ United Methodist Church and mission organization.

"Mostly our work has been some kind of labor where they build something and the mission works with the community to determine what's being built," said Pastor Peugeot.

He said they were still able to help victims. They did so without even realizing it at the time.

"The mission that we work with allows us to leave our sheets and towels. We did that and they told on Tuesday that those had been taken to a shelter for use by the folks who had been impacted by the volcano."

Peugeot said while this trip wasn't affected, that wasn't the case three years ago.

"The same volcano had put out some ash and the jet planes couldn't operate in that environment, so when we got to the airport that time, the airport was closed and we spent an extra day in Guatemala City," said Pastor Peugeot.

The death toll from this eruption has reached almost 100 and about 200 people are still missing. Pastor Peugeot said the church will continue to pray for the people of Guatemala.

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