Honduran Mission Group Home Safe in Bangor 

A church group arrived back in Bangor this morning after a mission trip to Honduras.They’re home safe and on schedule – despite political turmoil that followed a military coup there last weekend.”Someone came into our room and the first thing they said was, ‘The military took over the government,’ so that was kind of worrying,” says Annie McKay.She’s one of 64 people from All Souls Congregational Church who were on a mission trip to Honduras. But while they were busy building two houses and a kindergarten school – folks back at home were seeing this on CNN.”We were obviously concerned when the news first arose,” says Dan McKay, Annie’s father. “I’d been following some news on the internet. We had good email communication with the group leaders, although we couldn’t talk directly.”While protesters and military clashed in the capital, group leader Renee Garrett says they were 25 miles away in a different valley…but still watching everything closely.”How dangerous is this? I mean, you say the word ‘coup,’ it’s terrifying to hear a word like that when you’re in a foreign country and responsible for many lives,” Garrett says.Group leaders stayed in close contact with the US Embassy, who had already been alerted to their presence by Maine’s senators.”So as much awareness that needed to be there was,” Garrett says, “and the consulate said, ‘Where are you?’ and we explained, and they said, ‘You are in a very safe place.'”They stayed put Sunday, just to be safe. Then they got back to work doing what they came to do – in McKay’s case, helping a family have a home.”The family was clearly happy, they really needed it,” McKay says. “Their house before fit a double bed and we gave them a house four times that size.”