In metro Detroit local families are waiting to hear back from their loved ones overseas.
"One of my sons from New Orleans called and said he's alright" said Patricia Cousino of Ypsilanti.
Cousino and her family are rejoicing after learning that her son Owen who is traveling in Nepal was not harmed in a deadly earthquake that devastated the country.
"He's apparently is safe at American Embassy," Cousino said. "And I'm very grateful."
Another Metro Detroiter, Christine Bedenis of Plymouth, is reported to be safe. But two others from Michigan - one from Charlotte, the other from Grand Rapids are still reported as missing.
Officials say thousands died in the quake and aftershocks are making recovery efforts challenging.
Back in Ypsilanti, Cousino's phone rings constantly as loved ones call to check on Owen.
One call was from Cousino's husband Ken, who just got off the phone with their son.
Owen's father talks about what his son experienced in Nepal
"He knew what it was, he could feel it," Ken Cousino said. "He knew it was something really big happening, it just wasn't some explosion. This was like everything is moving."
"He saw landslides happening all over the place, it was kind of scary."
The Cousino family says when they did not immediately hear from Owen after an earthquake, it was their faith that got them through."
"I'm a person of faith," Patricia said. "I knew I could not do a single thing about this, except wait to hear from him. And he's in God's hands. He's as safe there as he is here."
Owen's family says the 19-year old who took time off from his studies to study the world, will be back home next month.
And this trip to Nepal was a life lesson he will never forget.