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Farmington church group safe in Belize after Hurricane Earl makes landfall

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Members of First Assembly of God Church in Farmington, Missouri are working in Belize and find themselves in the path of Hurricane Earl (Credit: First Assembly of God Church). Members of First Assembly of God Church in Farmington, Missouri are working in Belize and find themselves in the path of Hurricane Earl (Credit: First Assembly of God Church).
Destruction in Belize  left behind by Hurricane Earl. (Credit: First Assembly of God Church Farmington, KMOV) Destruction in Belize left behind by Hurricane Earl. (Credit: First Assembly of God Church Farmington, KMOV)

(KMOV.com) – After spending the last few days preparing and hunkering down, members of the First Assembly of God Church in Farmington tell News 4 that Hurricane Earl made landfall last night and that everyone is safe and sound. 

They have shared photos and videos with News 4 throughout the ordeal, with the most recent showing the destruction the hurricane left behind. 

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Members of a Farmington church group who are in Belize on a mission trip now find themselves in the path of a hurricane.

Scott Kimrey, church member of First Assembly of God Church told News 4, “When we came down here a hurricane was the last thing on our minds.”

Hurricane Earl was upgraded from a tropical storm Wednesday afternoon, just hours before it’s expected to make landfall in Belize.

"There's a lot of unknowns as far as that goes, as far as what's going to happen, you know dealing that amount of rain and possible storm surge," said Pastor Steve Davis of the First Assembly of God Church.

Fourteen members of the church are spending all week in Belize doing construction work at a youth camp. Instead of working outside on Wednesday, they spent the day inside reaching out to family and friends back in Missouri.

“There's a lot of concern from family members back in the states and we’ve been able to FaceTime and make contact by phone just to try to calm their nerves,” said Pastor Davis.

The church members say they’re confident the hotel where they’re staying will be strong enough to withstand the hurricane force winds but they’re still a little nervous about going through a hurricane.

"It's kind of a mixture between nervous energy and excitement and a little bit of fear mixed with that," said Melissa Davis, the pastor’s wife.
 

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