From Operation Blessing President Bill Horan:

Last week, while serving the people and nation that he loved, OBI’s beloved brother and staff member Gerrit Heinen was killed in an act of senseless violence just outside his home in Haiti.

Gerrit was a gentle, hard-working soul who loved the poor and made the world a better place.

Originally from the Netherlands, Gerrit arrived on the island of Hispaniola as a merchant mariner where he worked as a mechanic on large ships. With a heart to help Haiti, he moved there from the Dominican Republic.

In 2012, Gerrit joined the Operation Blessing team as a construction manager overseeing the continued development of our aquaculture program. He went on to set up fish farms for our partner, St. Damien’s Children’s Hospital, and most recently developed a large scale chicken project at our Zanmi Beni Children’s Home facility.

“Gerrit’s hard work and love for the Haitian people has helped to develop programs that will have a lasting legacy of job creation and food production,” said David Darg, OBI’s vice president of international operations. “He will be greatly missed by the OB Haiti team.”

We grieve his loss, but celebrate the lives he touched here on earth. Please join with us in praying for Gerrit’s loved ones during this time of great sorrow.
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