Two Methodist officials missing in Port-au-Prince

The United Methodist Church has lost contact with two high officials with the United Methodist Committee on Relief who were in Port-au-Prince during the earthquake.

Sam Dixon, the head of New York-based UMCOR, and Clint Rabb, head of Volunteers in Mission, along with a consultant Jim Gulley were in Haiti for meetings with local Methodist officials about the church's ongoing work, said Melissa Hinnen, UMCOR's director of communications.

"At this point we have not heard either way," of the men's fates, she said.

"We are praying that no news is good news."

The men were last heard from when they were headed to the airport to pick up someone, she said.

Closer to home, teams of mission workers from North Carolina were in Haiti and have reported they are not hurt.

"The information we've received is there are great needs [in the country], but physically they are all OK," said Paulette West, the director of the Southeastern office of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.

Four teams of church volunteers from the Atlanta area were scheduled to go down next week, she said, but those trips have been cancelled.