Thursday, February 18, 2010
Hugs and smiles were in abundance as four American missionaries freed from jail in Haiti reached Kansas City.
Topeka youth pastor Drew Culberth and fellow missionaries Paul
Thompson; his son, Silas Thompson; and Steve McMullin, all from Twin Falls, Idaho, were met with hugs and cheers after their plane landed Thursday afternoon in Kansas City.
The men shook off questions from reporters. A statement from the men read by Culberth's lawyer said the missionaries were "deeply thankful to God for our safe return."
The four were among eight U.S. missionaries freed Wednesday by a
judge in Haiti. The missionaries -- and two others who are still detained -- were charged with kidnapping for trying to take 33 Haitian children to the Dominican Republic without Haitian adoption certificates.