CLEVELAND – It was tears of joy and plenty hugs at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, after volunteers Aaron Phillips and Paula Shaw finally made their way back to northeast Ohio.

Shaw and Phillips were at the airport in Brussels when two terrorist bombs exploded killing at 30 people.

Both were at the scene to witness the evacuation of the airport, with Phillips recording parts of the evacuation with his smartphone.

Phillips and Shaw were on their way back to Cleveland after volunteering at a hospital and school in Ganta, Liberia through a program set up by the Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland, and the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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Phillips told the 36 hour ordeal only strengthened his faith in God and all that is good.

“An announcement went on that wasn’t very clear that just said, ‘evacuate, evacuate,'” explained Phillips.

“Windows blown out, doors just falling out, debris everywhere. It really brought in the gravity of the situation.”



Article and Picture Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5 Cleveland

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