39 US missionaries robbed at gunpoint in Jamaica

A US Christian group said Tuesday it will find a new location for its goodwill trips to Jamaica after 39 young missionaries were robbed at gunpoint in the crime-prone capital of Kingston. The American missionaries from the Georgia-based Adventures in Missions were robbed Monday by two gunmen who broke into a Salvation Army school for the blind where they were volunteering, said school official Major Ward Matthews. "They're just glad that no one pulled the trigger," Matthews told The Associated Press. The missionaries in their teens and early 20s were from Ellensburg, Washington; Chillicothe, Ohio, and Hope Mills, North Carolina. They arrived June 23 and were robbed of money and cell phones on their last day at the Kingston school, Matthews said.