A nurse practitioner from Mississippi who was on a mission trip
remains jailed in Macedonia on charges of smuggling coins
considered artifacts out of the country.
Candi Dunlap was part of a missionary team from Fifteenth
Avenue Baptist Church in Meridian when she was stopped at the
airport September 28 prior to her return trip. Team members are
quoted as saying the coins were given to Dunlap as a gift by a
Macedonian, and that she had no idea it was illegal to leave the
country with them.
Meridian television station WTOK talked with her pastor, Wayne
"The most important thing people can do is pray and just trust
the Lord and ask him continually, over and over again, to be moving
through this process," said the pastor. "I mean, something we can
simply pray for is that God will place a judge in this case who
will be fair and compassionate."
Dunlap is employed at O.C.H. Regional Medical Center in
Meridian. An employee there declined to be interviewed, but did say
Dunlap appeared in court Monday, did make a statement through an
interpreter, and the next court appearance is scheduled Friday.
Dunlap's husband Marc was in the courtroom.