About Us

History - Our Early Beginnings

Rob and Jean Dunk
Rob and Jean Dunk
Founding Directors

In 1974 Rob & Jean Dunk were challenged to adopt John Wesley's perspective on Christianity - "The world is my parish". They, with the support of their city-based church in Brisbane, Australia, helped and supported many people and organisations around the world that were making a difference in people's lives.

In the early 1980's Rob & Jean focused on Thailand, each year they held teaching seminars across Thailand for Pastors. It was during these times that they were challenged to do something for the disadvantaged children of Thailand.

Mercy International was commenced in 1985 by Rob & Jean with the support of their church. The sole aim of Mercy International is to help disadvantaged children reach their highest potential.

Rob and Jean have four adult children and are very proud to have four very special grandchildren.

First Project

Mercy International's first project was in the mid 80's. A trip to Australia was arranged for a badly maimed Bangkok slum boy named Santee.

He had been hit by a car while selling items on Bangkok's traffic clogged streets. He lost one leg, and the other needed a series of operations to straighten the numerous breaks which had been set incorrectly. After five months in Australia, Santee returned to Thailand with an artificial limb, a strong, straight leg, and the prospect of a new life.

Santee Before
Santee Before
Santee After
Santee After

First Childrens Home

First 12 Children
Mercy Internationals first 12 children

In 1986 Mercy International commenced their first home with 12 children in an outer suburb of Bangkok under the leadership of Terry and Marie Barton.

From these small beginnings Mercy International has been able to steadily expand its borders to four Provinces; giving poor children hope and a future. Mercy International focus on underprivileged children, especially those orphaned by AIDS and those suffering with HIV/AIDS.

Mercy International also provides an excellent education for hundreds of poor children in the local communities.

Rob and Jean Dunk and their church in Brisbane commissioned Terry and Marie Barton to establish Mercy International in Thailand. Their first 12 months in Thailand was spent learning the language, building friendships and doing outreach work in the slums.

Terry and Marie Barton
Terry and Marie Barton

Towards the end of 1986 Terry and Marie had rented a home in an outer suburb of Bangkok and rescued 12 disadvantaged children from the slums.

Terry and Marie were the pioneers of Mercy International in Thailand. They found the land in the Phetchabun area and established the first children's village for Mercy International.

Mercy International / House of Mercy Foundation honour Terry and Marie Barton and their two girls, April and Jennifer for their outstanding pioneering spirit and the seven years they gave in serving with compassion the disadvantaged children of Thailand.