Children’s ministry to collect funds for Haiti

By January 18, 2010

USA (MNN) — Buckner International and its international adoption affiliate, Dillon International, announced Wednesday that the organizations will collect funds to provide medical relief following the Tuesday earthquake that rocked Haiti, killing thousands.

Deniese Dillon, executive director of Dillon International, said donations were being sent to Gladys Thomas's Hope Hospital (www.usfch.org), which is receiving many casualties from the quakes.

"We've worked with Gladys for 25 years," Dillon said. "Our background has been placing orphan children from her Hope Hospital and Haiti Home for Children with adoptive families. Gladys Thomas also serves as director for Dillon's Haitian adoption programs."

Dillon said the funds will be used to offset the needs Hope Hospital will meet over the next several weeks. "Gladys will be bringing people to her hospital, and she'll be overflowing with victims. We're collecting funds to purchase gasoline for the generators, food and additional medical supplies."

Sergio Ramos, director of Buckner International's Latin American initiatives in Peru, Dominican Republic and Honduras, said he's received "many, many calls from supporters expressing their desire to help the people of Haiti. We considered that a mandate to give. Providentially, Dillon had a connection there that will make a great impact in response to this horrible event."

Dillon said she spoke to Thomas and says, "The Children's Village and Hope Hospital are okay. There has been some flooding, and one of the walls on a building collapsed, and many people are gathering in this location; but otherwise all is well. The Village (orphanage) has food, but the children are scared. There will be many people throughout the Haitian community that will continue to come to Hope Hospital looking for care… It is already very full with earthquake victims."

Pray that God will allow Christians to share the hope of the Gospel as the victims and children are helped.

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