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Three groups of missionaries from Gainesville’s Adventures in Missions are being pulled from the field due to coronavirus concerns, according to the website.
The decision, made Saturday, March 14, and updated on the site Monday, March 16, affects participants in the ministry’s World Race, Gap Year and Semesters programs.
The move affects 574 missionaries in 23 locations, the organization’s president, Bob Mudd told The Times.
“The safety and security of our participants is a top priority for us at Adventures in Missions,” according to the online statement.
“This decision was not made lightly, and we remain confident this was the best decision for our participants on the field and for those we serve around the world. This was covered in prayer and affirmed by the eldership of the ministry.
“This decision is consistent with the risk factors we have used to evaluate squad locations,” including countries’ policies, transportation availability, virus conditions and available health care, and ministry capacity.
The statement continues: “We recognize many Racers are deeply disappointed with this decision and are grieving the premature end to their international trips. Our home office staff grieves with our Racers as well.”
Also, “as the situation continues to unfold, we are aware, however, that all plans are subject to change based on the realities of the progression of coronavirus.”
World Race mission trips are open to adults 21-35; Gap Year, 18-20; and Semesters, 18-22.Adventures in Missions officials couldn’t be reached for immediate comment. The ministry is based at 6000 Wellspring Trail in North Hall.