Morning, Jan. 17, New York
The Rev. Suzanne Field Rabb (left) and Cindy Dixon share a moment
following a memorial service for the Revs. Clinton Rabb and Sam Dixon at
The Riverside Church in New York. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin.
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Clara Jean Arnwine, Sam Dixon. Clinton Rabb. By Sunday, Jan. 17,
all three are bound in death with an estimated 230,000 Haitians who
perished in the earthquake.
The praise and thanksgiving from across the church for the safety of
the mission workers in Haiti turns into a more somber period of
“Our grief is overwhelming,“ says West Ohio Bishop Bruce Ough,
president of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
Afternoon, Jan. 20, Dallas
Days of mourning follow, as one funeral and memorial service after
another raise up the lives of those who died on missions of mercy.
In Dallas, 10 of the 11 surviving members of the medical mission
team to Haiti wear carnations in honor of Jean Arnwine’s love of
flowers at a service at Highland Park United Methodist Church.
More than 800 people pack the sanctuary, joining together to sing
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand” as the woman who could not wait to go to
Haiti on a mission, who gathered more than 600 pairs of glasses for the
poor there, is remembered as a symbol of love.
In Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 22, worshippers fill Edenton Street United
Methodist church to celebrate the life of Dixon, the head of the United
Methodist Committee on Relief, who traveled the world serving others.
Those paying tribute include the Mennonite Central Committee, the
Vietnamese National Caucus and Methodist groups in Brazil, Bolivia,
Latvia, Britain and Honduras.
Noel Zierne (left) prays during worship outside St. Martin Methodist
Church in Port-au-Prince.
A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.
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“Do you not know that a prince and a
great man has fallen this day in Israel?” Dixon’s friend, the Rev.
William Simpson, says in a eulogy referring to 2 Samuel 3:38.
In the last of the funerals, on Jan. 23 in Austin, Texas, Bishop
Juan Albert Cardona presents a plaque to Suzanne Rabb in honor of her
husband, Clinton. The Methodist Church of Colombia, he says, pays
homage to this man who loved all people.
“No one,” Cardona says, “has love as big as those who give their
life for their friends.”
In a spirited part of the service, worshippers sing “Peace Like a
River,” the song Dixon, Rabb and the others trapped in the Hotel
Montana sang to give themselves peace.
More hands begin clapping with each verse until the congregation
seems to become one in voice and movement as celebrants proclaim:
“I got love like an ocean.
I got love like an ocean.
I got love like an ocean,
In my soul.”
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