Beauty From Ashes
Dobbs and Reed Eddings Primary School
In 2015, Gentry Eddings, Ballantyne Campus Pastor, and his wife Hadley, lost their two sons — two-year-old Dobbs and newborn, Reed — in a horrific car accident.
Following the accident, people locally and across the country rallied around the couple and gave generously to a GoFundMe account created in honor of Dobbs and Reed.
Gentry and Hadley contacted Mission of Hope (MOH), Haiti — an organization in which FHC– Ballantyne is deeply invested — and told them about the funds collected, and asked how they could help. MOH leadership decided that a school — named after the boys — would be built in Minoterie, Haiti. This coastal village, plagued with poverty, would get their first school where children would daily receive a hot meal and gospel-centered education.
Forest Hill came alongside the Eddings, supplementing the construction costs of the school and in September 2016, the Dobbs and Reed Eddings Primary School opened to more than 300 students — with room for up to 500.
“Hadley and I are so honored that Mission of Hope would name this school in honor of our boys, Dobbs and Reed. We are also thankful and moved by the hundreds at Forest Hill who have donated money in honor of our boys. Those donations led directly to the creation of this beautiful school that is now giving life to the next generation in Haiti. Knowing that hundreds of Haitian children are now receiving an education, learning about Jesus, and getting a daily meal brings joy to our hearts. Praise Jesus!”
— Gentry Eddings, Ballantyne Campus Pastor