A fund raising event to build homes for poor families in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Mozambique and the Philippines is being organized and promoted by a parishioner from a northern Ohio Grace Brethren Church. Here is an excerpt of an article in today’s Akron (OH) Beacon-Journal. To read the entire article, click here.
”The folks working directly with the people in the communities, giving their time and talent every day, are the real heroes,” said Paul Noonan, a co-chairman of the local fundraising event. ”You either have a giving heart and appreciate the plights of the poor or you don’t. I’m committed to Cross because it is more than a humanitarian organization. It spreads the Gospel and is doing good deeds in the name of Christ.”
Noonan, of Copley Township, manages the ministry’s donor base through his Akron company, International Data Management. Noonan, a parishioner at Grace Brethren Church in Fairlawn, said his eyes were opened during a trip to the Dominican Republic less than six months ago.
”I was able to see firsthand some of the families that are being supported by the ministry,” Noonan said. ”I saw seven, eight, nine children living in a mud hut with no clean water, little food and miles and miles and miles from medical care. When it rains, the floor is washed away. I was moved to help do what I can to help provide housing for those families.”