Student missionaries unharmed after pirate incident

Two Union College student missionaries serving in Peru are unharmed after river pirates accosted their boat on Friday. Rachel Downey and Stephanie Rivas are volunteering this school year with Touch of Love Ministries based in Pucallpa, Peru. The two were traveling with several other volunteers when the incident took place.

“We thank God that all our student missionaries are safe,” said Rich Carlson, Union’s director of student missions. “We have been in contact with the parents involved and are working with the local authorities to make sure this matter gets resolved.”

Each year a number of Union College students take time off from their formal education and spend a year of their life in service in countries all over the world. This school year, 12 Union students are volunteering in 11 countries.

Both students have posted accounts of the incident to their blogs: Rachel, Stephanie.