2012 Alumnus of the Year
Paul Healy '77
Paul Healy has served homeless children in the Philippines for more than 30 years. Along with six others, he and his wife Marlys (Danielson) founded the Children’s Shelter of Cebu (CSC) to help area children in need. Paul, son of Professor Emeritus Jerry Healy, serves as field director and Marlys as manager of the medical program.
The Healys felt called by God to minister to children and share the gospel with them. Alongside their staff, the Healys live out the CSC mission to “glorify God by demonstrating His love to the Philippines as we provide a loving, Christ-centered home with comprehensive medical, educational, and placement services for homeless Filipino children.”
Bethel has played a role in the ministry from the start, when a student donated half of his trust fund to the startup of this Christ-centered organization. The Bethel-CSC connection flourishes today,in partnership with Converge Worldwide churches and with the many Bethel alumni and faculty who serve as staff, volunteers, and supporters.
Under the Healys’ leadership and God’s direction, CSC has grown to include four buildings and cares for about 80 kids, including three special Filipino young women whom the couple adopted. Paul and Marlys are models of Christ’s love in action as they live out the Bethel value of being world-changers.