Couple Safely Back In United States

By Melvin Mason, Daily News-Record

Kenneth and Kathryn Seitz are in much more peaceful surroundings than they were a week ago.

But their minds are still on the people and the country they hoped to make a better place.

Now, they keep tabs on the Middle East, praying for the battles in Lebanon and Israel to end. Somehow.

On A Mission

Only a few days ago, the Seitzes were in Beirut, Lebanon, as part of a humanitarian mission with Mennonite Central Committee, based in Akron, Pa. The couple, graduates of Eastern Mennonite High School and teachers at Eastern Mennonite University from 1979 to 1986, spent two years in Lebanon as part of a five-year mission.

The armed conflict between Israel and southern Lebanon-based Hezbollah forced them to flee. The Seitzes, both 68, had already planned weeks before to take time off. The hostilities between the Israeli military and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon altered those plans, forcing them to leave a week earlier.

Early Sunday morning, they arrived in Harrisonburg, where Kenneth Seitz