Group from Martin returning to the U.S. after being stuck in Guatemala

Posted at 4:49 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 18:44:19-04

(FOX 17) — Less than 24 hours after sharing their story with FOX 17, a group from Martin are heading back to the United States.

The 10 missionary workers were stranded in Guatemala after the government shut down.

However, Monday morning, the group received outstanding news.

"We got a call from the American Embassy that we have flights confirmed for all seven of us tomorrow at 11:40 AM," said Glenn Leep, a member of the missionary.

Three of the members of the group were considered at risk due to medical concerns and were placed on the first flight to Dallas on Monday.

"Everybody is really excited about this," Leep smiled, "the screaming has slowed down a bit now though."

The rest of the group will fly into Dallas on Tuesday and are hoping to return to West Michigan in the coming days. However, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's new executive orders, there are questions about when the group can return to the state.

"We'll at least be in the United States," Leep said. "We'll just keep on going."

The group also mentioned they will go into self quarantine as soon as they return back home with a focus on keeping others safe.