By Analiz G. Schremmer
Mission trip participants scheduled to travel to China on Aug. 30- Sept. 9 will instead fly to Vietnam or receive a refund.
The missionaries signed up to visit Urumqi, China, where unexpected riots left 156 dead and more than 1,400 arrested.
“When we realized that political unrest made it unsafe for travel, we considered the possibility of rerouting to East China,” said George McCain, director of Buckner missions. “But East China is taking a lot of precaution with westerners out of fear that we might carry swine flu. They wouldn’t let us visit orphanages or work with the children, which is our primary ministry as Buckner short-term missionaries.”
McCain said that trip participants will have the option of receiving a refund for their money, applying their funds to another Buckner trip or traveling to Vietnam on the same dates. He said the trip to Vietnam might be less expensive, but the cost has not yet been confirmed.
“We apologize for the inconvenience but are working to provide a meaningful ministry in an area of need,” McCain said. “Vietnam is a new work for Buckner and this will be our first Shoes for Orphan Souls mission trip there. The need is definitely present. And we expect something good to come of all this sometimes we never see all the good God does when He changes our plans.”
This will be the first Buckner mission team sent to the country of Vietnam.
For more information, call the Buckner Missions office at (214) 388-1442
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