HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The First Baptist Church in Hot Springs has decided to delay its mission trip to West Africa.
At first, the church had decided that despite the current Ebola outbreak fears, they were going to continue with their trip. Two people, Pastor Michael Pounders and Dr. Jack Porter, would have been traveling with Nashville's Baptist Church to Senegal next month.
"We do missions because we feel that we're called to do so," said Dr. Porter when asked about the mission trips the church organizes. "We're providing medicine to those who wouldn't have access any other way."
In a statement released by the church Friday morning, it states, "Out of an abundance of caution and concern regarding the Ebola crisis, First Baptist Church of Hot Springs has elected to delay a church sanctioned mission trip to Senegal West Africa."