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Missionary plane from Fort Pierce to help transport injured people in Haiti – WPBF West Palm Beach

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In a time where the people in Haiti devastated by the earthquake are in need of the most help, Missionary Flights International in Fort Pierce is doing what they know best, with some added urgency.
On Wednesday morning, two planes took off to Haiti. One plane had ten missionaries from various organizations on board, the other was filled with cargo.
Some of the things on board include about 300 tents for those left without shelter, mobile hospital and medical supplies, as well as food.
“This time is different than the rest,” said Joe Karabensh, MFI president and pilot. “We are there for lifesaving ability.”
Paul Romeus, a missionary, added,” “Those people are really hurt. I feel good doing what I can. Even if it’s small, I’m glad to do it.”
MFI said the main mission is transporting people who are injured back and forth from Port-au-Prince and Les Cayes.
“The area where the epicenter was is more out in a rural area out near the southern peninsula,” Karabensh said.
Karabensh said one of the planes, which can hold 19 passengers, is expected to stay in Haiti for a few days. He said the plane will take up to three trips a day in between the two cities.
“There’s just not enough care out there. Clinics, hospitals are not adequate,” Karabensh said. “The trauma that they had it’s just really heart-wrenching and so we are there to help. I know a lot of people are just desperate so we are there to be that mobile air bridge.”
Another flight with missionaries will be going out Thursday morning and then again on Saturday with additional supplies.
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