GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Pastors Gabriel and Shannon Garber and members of their missions group are thrilled to be back on United States soil and very thankful for the support from people back home.
"I kind of got a little choked up. I'll be honest with you. I got a little choked up to just think we're finally home. This whole thing is finally over, and it's great. It's great to be home," Gabriel described of landing.
The couple from White Cloud say what was supposed to be a 5 day missions trip to Honduras turned into a couple of weeks. Two days before they were supposed to fly back the Garbers say Honduras went on lockdown because of COVID-19.
They had to quarantine in their hotel for about 10 days.
"That was crazy all by itself, being quarantined pretty much into a room. Now you could come down to the lobby, and that's where we ate. But we were pretty much quarantined into that room," Garber said.
FOX 17 spoke with them during that time about their struggle to try and get back. They say the US Embassy was also reached for help.
They left for Honduras on March 10th. That's before the United States started seeing the level of precaution we've been seeing in the past two weeks.
Before the disruption, Gabriel says it was a productive trip.
"Up in the villages, go feed hungry children, hungry families, give them rice, gave them parasite pills," Garber recalled. "Then we had crusades there and were able to preach the gospel and that was awesome."
Now they are grateful to get back to their homes where they will be staying for some time. The Garbers say they weren't tested and haven't had any symptoms of COVID but will self-quarantine again.
Gabriel said, "I know we will be quarantining away from everybody so."
Shannon said, "Just for our kids' safety and our safety we will be quarantining ourselves away from our kids for a time."