A group from two Idaho churches went to Haiti to transport a number of orphans to the Dominican Republic. Ten were arrested and charged with child trafficking. You can read the story at this link to a CBS report on the situation. The orphanage in Haiti was crushed during the earthquake and a new orphanage is being established in the Dominican Republic to house them. The information about their intent is at this Haitian Orphan Rescue Mission is at this site (no longer there) for the New Life Children's Refuge.
I have two friends who were supposed to be going to Haiti and they attend one of the churches. They are not on the list of people who were slated to go, but I found out this evening that they did in fact go with the group. For some reason they were not with the rest in Haiti when they were arrested, but are safe in the Dominican Republic. They have been in contact with people here in the U.S. since the arrest took place.
I am grateful that they are okay, but I'm still concerned for the whole group. God has a plan and I trust Him to carry out that plan. I am praying that He will protect them and bring about a swift release. I am also praying that the orphans will be able to be safely relocated and adopted to loving families.
UPDATE: I just heard on the news that when the ten people were arrested, the orphans were left to fend for themselves outside the jail! Pray for those children, thirty-three kids, ages 2 months to twelve years old.