ACU bus crash shocks Medina Children’s Home
The Optimist at Abilene Christian University reports:
When an ACU shuttle bus veered into a ditch and crashed at an intersection near Ballinger, the students and faculty from the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences were heading south toward Medina Children’s Home, a campus 40 miles northwest of San Antonio, for their annual mission trip.
Medina Children’s Home, part of the not-for-profit Christian care organization Arms of Hope, assists orphans, at-risk youth and single-mother families.
After the accident, word traveled to Medina quickly.
Kevin McDonald, president and CEO of Arms of Hope, received a call about 4:30 p.m. from Medina Children’s Home campus minister Tory Robertson. Friends from Ballinger, where Robertson once served as a youth minister, had begun calling him with news of incident.
“My reaction was complete shock, sorrow and disappointment,” McDonald said.
“We had been very excited about the visit. Everyone gets really excited here when the ACU group comes out. It is a real inspiration to all of us to see young people who are so committed to helping others and making themselves so available to those who are in need of good influences in their lives. And to hear that they had such fantastic plans that were interrupted by such terrible tragedy was really heartbreaking for me and everyone at Medina Children’s Home and Arms of Hope.”