Mission Workers: Memorials and News
by Melissa Hinnen
1/25/10: In a service of the Wesleyan tradition, family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC, to remember and honor the life of Sam Dixon.
by Kathy Gilbert
1/24/10: At the same time a Raleigh, NC, memorial service was held, Sam Dixon and Clint Rabb were remembered at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince.
Hundreds of tributes and condolences have arrived. Add yours here by emailing Beth Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be collecting these messages to be posted to this memorial blog.
A Letter From Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries General Secretary-Elect
1/21/10: Words of comfort and faith from incoming leader.
by Elliott Wright and Christopher Heckert
1/19/10: Hymns and prayers helped sustain a group of six trapped in the ruins of the Hotel Montana.
by Linda Bloom on umc.org
1/19/10: Sarla Chand was in the Hotel Montana with Global Ministries staff when it collapsed. Of her colleagues, Sam Dixon and Clint Rabb, she says, her "heart is broken."
The Methodist Church, London, United Kingdom
1/19/10: About Sam Dixon and Clinton Rabb, the letter states, "They were larger than life figures, whose frames could not encompass the compassion and love they held for others."
by Elliott Wright
1/17/10: Sam died doing what he loved to do: working for the welfare of the poor and rejected of the world in the name of Jesus Christ.
by Elliott Wright
1/17/10: A leader in the Church's extensive mission volunteer program, Rabb died was trapped for 55 hours after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti.
Global Ministries News
1/16/10: The Rev. Sam Dixon, UMCOR leader, and four more mission and relief specialists were trapped by the collapse of the Hotel Montana.