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Jorge Romero (left), Bill Hieb (right) and Grant Lind (center) pose at a conference after their mission group was kidnapped at gunpoint, robbed, tied up and left in the forest in Guatemala. Romero was the group's host and interpreter, Hieb led the mission trip. Hieb and Lind were among a handful of group members who opted to stay for the conference before returning home. The rest of the group returned home immediately after the kidnapping.

Somerset church group hijacked on mission trip

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Despite being kidnapped, robbed and left for dead in the forests of Guatemala, the short-term mission group from Riverside Church in Somerset said they feel blessed.


"We are just grateful to be alive," said Rev. Bill Hieb, leader of the mission trip and pastor at Riverside Church.

The mission trip was supposed to run Jan. 23- Feb. 4, but it was derailed on the first night, while the group was driving to the place they planned to stay that night.

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