Young, Oregon missionaries stranded in NM

Oregon missionaries, stranded

SANDOVAL COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A group of teenage missionaries on their way back home are stranded in New Mexico.

The 18 students and four leaders are from Oregon. They drove down to do missionary work in Mexico, but on their way back, there’s been some obstacles.

They spent four hours in Texas after a tire on the bus blew.

In Sandoval County, the transmission went out.

The group says the county’s sheriff’s department has been nice enough to give them a helping hand and has provided them with meals and showers.

“Such amazing people here in this city. It’s just that we’ve never met anybody so nice,” said Katie Telega. “People who really take care of missionaries. And we can just see that God has everything in control. Even thought the unexpected does happen that there’s always gonna be good things that come out of it.”

The oldest in the group is 24, so none of them can rent a bus because rental car companies require the driver to be at least 25.

Someone from their school is hoping to fly down soon. They’re hoping to get back home before the students graduate next weekend. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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