Several local volunteers who had to be evacuated from Haiti are now making their way back home.

The 15 students and five adults are from Gallatin and Hendersonville.

They were in Haiti helping local farmers when riots broke out because of a government-mandated fuel price hike.

First, the volunteers were taken by helicopter to Port Au Prince, then they were flown to the Dominican Republic.

They started returning to Nashville on Tuesday afternoon.

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“We’re grateful it’s a celebratory thing to get them back, but at the same time it continues our prayer for the people of Haiti,” said Joshua Strader, pastor at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church. “We went there because we love Haiti and this is evidence God has more work for us to do, and of course we’re prayerful for the other mission trips who are still waiting for that same opportunity to get home.”

The students are on three separate flights back to Nashville. All are expected to be home by midnight Tuesday.

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