Submitted by: Rev. Marco Depestre, Secretary
The Methodist Church in Haiti
The Methodist Church in Haiti deeply mourns the passing of the Rev. Clinton Rabb, UMVIM Director, in New York.
In his capacity of Assistant General Secretary of the Mission Volunteer office in New York, the Rev. Clinton Rabb has supported the work of the various teams of volunteers that regularly come to Haiti and other parts of the world in order to further the work of God’s kingdom on earth. Rev. Rabb did so with competence, dedication, and love. And the Methodist Church in Haiti is very grateful for that.
Rev. Rabb came, himself, to Haiti this time in order to attend a two-day Roundtable Discussions between the Methodist Church in Haiti and its partners in the field of community development. Having landed in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, he came straight to join the meeting a little after mid-day. Later after this first day of meeting, he went along with his colleagues Rev. Sam Dixon & Rev. James Gulley from GBGM/UMCOR to Hotel Montana in order to pursue discussions related to providing good health care to the Haitian people with members of another NGO that works in the country. Unfortunately, upon arrival, while walking in the lobby on their way to the meeting, a strong earthquake struck Haiti, and Hotel Montana, like thousands of building in Haiti, collapsed. Two days later, he was rescued from the rubble of Montana Hotel along with Rev. Gulley, while Rev Sam Dixon had died on site. The Rev Rabb was to pass away later in a hospital in Miami.
Under such a circumstance, the Methodist Church in Haiti wishes to present its heartfelt sympathy to his dear wife, Rev. Suzanne Field-Rabb, and other members of the family especially the children, as well as to his colleagues at the GBGM headquarters in New York. He will be greatly missed by us and remembered for his sterling support to our work in Haiti. As we bid farewell to Rev. Rabb, we entrust him into the hands of Almighty God, the Father of mercy who loves him and has eternally provided for him in Jesus Christ and in whose house there are many dwelling places.
May Clinton’s soul rest in peace, and light perpetually shine upon him!