November 2nd 2016

Blessed All Saints Day on November 1st! 

 

Hebrews Chapter 11 gives us a proper insight on how we are to honor faithful people.  There are all those listed in Scripture who have departed from this world in the faith, along with dear “saints” in our own lives whom God has used to impact our Christian walk and benefit others as well.  The Lord bless and keep you as you remember some dear souls who have departed in the faith.

 

In my phone call with Rev. Paul on Reformation Day (the hallowed eve before All Saints Day) it is evident that God is at work developing faithful people whom He will use to be dear souls remembered by others in the years to come.  He said, “We had a wonderful worship for Reformation Sunday, and we are planning for the 500th year anniversary for next year.”  I told him that we are considering some special Reformation events also.  Let us all be thankful, for “if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed” (John 8:36).

 

On Reformation Sunday, Rev. Paul reported that they had thirteen people baptized. Of those thirteen, five of them were from the church plant in Baja—and “the Word of the Lord grew.”  Praise be to God for this wonderful news.  We now continue to support this ministry as they pursue “teaching them everything that (Christ) has commanded.” 

 

Physical health has been an issue for La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphelinat (MADO).  Our Liaison, Ben, was ill recently, however he now reports that he “feels like he has a new body.”  Rev. Paul said of MADO, “Many of them have a fever. I had a fever after I came back from Port au Prince. Cliney had a fever for a while and now has a cold.  She will go to Les Ceyes to help with hurricane recovery as soon as she feels better.”

 

God’s peace,

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

October 21st

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Rev. Paul reported that he was able to go for about ten days to Jacmael, Les Ceyes, and Jeremie (all communities in south Haiti that suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew).  He said, “I helped transport people and supplies. Many people were hungry and the government was not able to help.  I received resources from local churches in Nord Est Haiti and even from a pastor from the Dominican Republic.” These churches are in the Church Universal that confesses the Triune God, yet not part of the Lutheran Confessions.   We are thankful that Rev. Paul was able to go and transport people and supplies in the name of Jesus Christ.  Cliney (Rev. Paul’s wife) is waiting for the most opportune time to return to her hometown of Les Ceyes to work with the Lutheran Church there, whose pastor is Rev. Paul Toulotte. Rev. Paul Toulotte was a classmate of Rev. Paul’s and mine at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 

NEHLM has sent the funds that we have received for Hurricane Relief. We appreciate these gifts, as well as all gifts, as we continue to support these dear souls that God has called and will call through this ministry.

 

I asked Rev. Paul about the elections in Haiti since the October 9th election was cancelled due to the Hurricane.  He said, “November 20th will be the first round of elections, then a second election January 29th if needed. This is the plan; we will see.”  There has been great distrust in the election process causing apathy for some and anxiety for others.   The two elections are because a candidate must have at least 50% of the votes to win and there are several candidates on the ticket.

 

Thank you for your interest in this ministry and your prayers.  Rev. Paul is sending some pictures of his trip to south Haiti which we will have on the nehlm.org website soon.

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

September 8th 2016

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

I had a wonderful visit with the three churches in Michigan (Trinity LCMS of Utica, Faith LCMS of Troy, and Shepherd’s Gate of Shelby Township) who have been supportive in a variety of ways with Ben (NEHLM’s Liaison and my son).  Ben went from Michigan to Haiti.  After his first week there he reports, “I am very impressed with how much work is done by so few people.”  As many others have observed, as we see the operations of this ministry of Rev. Paul’s and the resources available, we all are impressed with the stewardship.   Ben also reported to his mother and for my encouragement, “Personally, I am doing wonderfully.  I am healthy, learning lots of names, and enjoying using my Creole as I learn it.”

 

The ministry had end of the summer soccer games on Saturday.  There was competition between the orphans and also between the orphans and church members.  There was great excitement in both playing the games and, for the rest of the ministry, watching the games. 

 

School started on Monday, yet there were added challenges.  The Haitian government in very unstable at the present time, and some of the “underwriting” of school books is not available. I would like to know if this is because of lack of foreign support that this unstable government in not receiving.  Either way, Rev. Paul said the books cost four times more than they have in the past.  He asked, “Please pray for Haiti. We will have an election on October 9th, and hopefully, we will have a new government.  Mainly pray that God’s will be done.”  We hear you, Rev. Paul, and we also pray for our elections.

 

Thank you for your interest.

 

God’s blessings,

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser