A UMNS Report
By Linda Bloom

A United Methodist mission leader died of injuries received after being buried in the rubble of a collapsed hotel following the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. 

The Rev. Sam Dixon, top executive of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, died before rescuers could free him, contrary to earlier reports from church leaders that he was pulled out of the wreckage of the Hotel Montana alive.

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, UMCOR’s parent agency, said Jan. 16 that several sources, including eyewitnesses from a Methodist guest house in Port-au-Prince, confirmed Dixon’s death.

A second staff member who was trapped with Dixon, the Rev. Clinton Rabb, was in critical condition in a Florida hospital Jan. 16. Family members of Rabb, who was trapped under earthquake rubble in Haiti for nearly three days, were making their way to be with him.

Rabb and Dixon were part of a group of six church-related aid workers trapped at the Hotel Montana. Four others – the Rev. James Gulley, an UMCOR consultant; Sarla Chand, a United Methodist with IMA World Health, and two of her co-workers, Rick Santos and Ann Varghese, returned home on Jan. 15.

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