September 21, 2017

Greetings, 

 

"I will not leave you or forsake you," the Lord said to Joshua as he transitioned into the leadership role that Moses had (Joshua 1:5). This good news was applied by the writer of Hebrews (13:5) to encourage us to be content with the varied responsibilities and privileges in life. This is good news for us to apply and trust as hurricanes continue to swirl and transitions are before us all. 

 

I talked with Rev. Paul at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. I was pleased to get through on the phone as the reports of damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria were so intense and the Dominican Republic was presently being impacted. I asked him about Hurricane Maria and he said, "It rained some last night, but it is not raining now.  The flooding from the previous hurricane (Irma) caused the river to rise and the ground is very wet."  We pray for those in the path of Maria to be strengthened and protected. 

 

Ben, NEHLM's Liaison, flew to Miami and will visit some supportive churches in Michigan for a couple days (We already received word that the air conditioning in the airports was uncomfortably cold.)  Ben has served more than a year as our liaison, for which the whole ministry is very thankful. Rev. Paul commented, "He was very helpful in many ways: school, orphanage, community, everything! He will be missed!" With Ben's departure and Elainie at college, there is the need for transition of other Haitians to take more responsibilities.  Rev. Paul and I talked about this and we ask for your prayers for faithful workers to be developed as the ministry copes with this void. 

 

Rev. Paul also shared the joys and challenges of operating the 7th and now 8th grade classes as well as managing the students attending high school.  We are looking at enhancing technological tools as some of the children pursue higher education. There are also tools to enhance for vocational skills for all of the children.

 

We are blessed with your interest in this ministry. 

 

God's peace, 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser  

September 7, 2017

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

 

Rev. Paul reported Wednesday morning that Hurricane Irma will bring some of its rain and wind on "Thursday afternoon (9/7/2017). We are expecting it to be very strong--we will have to go inside. We have bought some extra food and water to store." He went on to explain,  "The government has ordered 'no school' for this Thursday and Friday, then we will see what it is like on Monday."The Prophet Isaiah wrote about the Lord being our defense in Isaiah 4:5 "...a refuge and shelter from the storm and rain," and in Isaiah 25:4 "..a shelter from the storm...."  We pray for all those impacted by serious storms, such as those in Texas and Louisiana, as well as those who will be impacted by Hurricane Irma.  

 

Elanie is enrolled and taking classes at an university in Santiago, Dominican Republic.  We thank the Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission (NEHLM) Liaison Ben and Rev. Paul's wife Cliney for going with her and helping her settle in.  There are some dear Christians in Santiago who have helped with many questions about living in Santiago and have helped her find a good deal for housing. Rev. Paul said, "We are praying for Elanie to study well and to take care of all her things."  

 

The Haitian government is trying to be more involved with the operation of children's homes.  There has been abuse of children and abuse of goodwill charity that proves to be scams. Rev. Paul reported that last month 257 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were shut down. Rev. Paul commented, "There are many requirements for good reasons because of wrongs, yet these requirements are very demanding on resources."  NEHLM continues to "walk with" Rev. Paul and help as we are able to care for people, be good stewards of what we receive, and foremost, promote the proclamation of Jesus Christ. 

 

God's peace, 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman 

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser 

www.nehlm.org

 

We welcome you to visit our Facebook page (Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission) to view updates and a recent post of the choir singing.  

August 9, 2017

Greetings in Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 

 

When I called Rev. Paul today he asked, "How are you doing?" I responded, "Hot! We have had several weeks of hot weather. It has been in the 90's as it was when I was in Haiti. Are you also hot?" He responded, "No, it is raining right now! The rain is good for our gardens, but not for our cement work." 

 

They have been continuing to do some final touches to get drainage to work properly on the driveway at the girl's home; this was worked on by a mission team this summer.  He lamented, "Right now the water is coming in from the road into the facility." This driveway does allow for a more pleasant entry than the muddy ground that was there previously.   May they continue to work with having the water drain in a proper way. 

 

La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphilenat (MADO) has thirty-nine children who will be attending upper grades (7th and up) this year.  Our school is expanding to include eight grade.  Of MADO's orphans,  over ten are seventh graders and over ten are eighth graders.  Expanding our school brings in other students from the community and allows us to be more financially efficient than sending them to other schools. There are issues of securing teachers and providing a room for the class.  The ministry is very busy with preparations for the school year.  Please pray for teachers and all their preparations. School starts September 4th. 

 

With school starting, let me celebrate again that Elainie has been admitted to school for medical training in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

God's peace, 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser 

www.nehlm.org

July 28th

Greetings, 

 

The mission team from Redeemer LCMS in Salem, Oregon, is at La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphelinat--MADO--this week. Rev. Paul reported, "The team is doing very well. They are working on the driveway/walkway at the girls' orphanage and presenting their VBS. We are very glad to have them."  Note: the entry into the girls' orphanage has had standing water during the rainy season, causing much mess so this project will be very helpful. I understand that this team will often  "...burst into jubilant song with music..." (Psalm 98:4). They do so as they walk, work, travel, etc.  May the joy of the Lord continue to be with them as they share their music. 

 

NEHLM has been working with Rev. Paul on plans for exiting children from MADO when they are prepared.  We have had several of the young ladies finish their secondary education and move out of the orphanage. This will need to be the process eventually for all the children as they grow up. 

 

As of this month, the following preparations are being made for some of our children. Two of the boys (Maxo and Lundrick) are being entered into a vocation "trade school" for various construction skills. There are also seven of the older girls taking Spanish classes; Spanish is a great help in the business world since Ouanaminthe is a border town adjacent to Dajabon, Dominican Republic.  There are weekly market opportunities, and knowing Spanish is valuable. 

 

A big step is being taken by Elainie (if you have visited MADO, you may know her as your translator).  Elainie is a high school graduate who has persistently, for years, been desiring to go to medical school.  After months of searching and evaluating by Elainie, Rev. and Clynie Paul, and Ben our liaison, it has been decided that she will go to a university in Santiago, Domonican Republic.  She has obtained all the documentation for being a student in a foreign country and, Lord willing, will begin classes this September.  NEHLM is setting up a plan so that this is not an extra burden on Rev. Paul. Please contact us if you would like to support Elainie as she pursues a medical degree. 

 

God's peace, 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman 

www.nehlm.org

July 1 2017 Update

Greetings from Haiti in the name of the God of all Peoples!

 

A short-term mission team has headed back to the states and I am staying here for another week to have some time to visit and plan with Rev. Daniel Paul and his wife Cliney and NEHLM liaison--Ben Wiseman.  The mission team, consisting of members and friends of the church from Faith LCMS in La Grande, two young men from Prosser, Washington, and a young lady from Mexico. Our service has been varied.  

 

The team worked on the roof project for the security building in the mornings, enjoying access to a gas cement mixer this year, and employing a bucket brigade to get the cement to the roof.  Several members were able to do specialty work--Christine continued sewing lessons that were begun with an earlier mission visit. Jeremy worked on welding projects (baptismal font, communion table, shelving, and general repairs) and instruction as well.

 

Proclamation ministry was done through a VBS shared in both Baja and Ouanaminthe as the team split to serve both communities with the aid of the older orphans. 

 

Thank you for the ongoing support --financial and spiritual. It is a huge blessing to walk together in this endeavor.  

bucket brigade.jpg

 

In Christ,

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

www.nehlm.org

June 16 update

God's peace to you as you keep up on the latest with this ministry. 

 

I am actively pursuing the final details of leading a mission team of nine individuals to La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphilinat (MADO) beginning June 19th. One member (Jeremy ) went over June 11th with Ben (our NEHLM Liaison) to pursue some metal working. Jeremy is a machinist by trade yet capable in many trades. We ask for your prayers for travel, health, and that the Word of the Lord may continue to grow in this ministry. 

 

The worship area that has been used for a decade got the roof repaired. This worship area served as a multipurpose room throughout the week and leaked badly.  NEHLM was please to have some undesignated funds to send them to allow them to use this facility even when it rains.  FYI, this structure is overflowing for Sunday Worship and VBS.  Rev. Paul and his church are pursuing a church building on land next to the school, Lord willing. 

 

When Rev. Paul and I talked, we finalized some plans on travel for this team of nine and all our supplies.  I was delighted to hear that he was able to obtain cement and iron for our work project. He commented, "The rain has stopped, but I don't know how it will be when you are here."  As long as it is not consistent rain, we will be pleased. A little rain keeps the dust and heat down. 

 

Yesterday, several board members met with Kathy, a local French speaker and former mission team member.  She helped translate applications of intent from the upper grade orphans.  It was so very encouraging to hear words from each orphan about their goals and application of God's Word in their life.  It is a blessing to see the dedication of these students and Rev. Paul and Clynie to the education and well-being of the children.  

 

 

God's peace, 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman 

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser 

www.nehlm.org

May 31st 2017

Greetings, 

 

We have enjoyed having the NEHLM Liaison, Ben Wiseman, in the states for the last couple weeks--for personal reasons as he is Charlotte's and my son, along with watching him do a presentation.  He was presenting at a Christian school last week in our home town. There was a snag with the electronics for several minutes, and he carried on having the students join him in a responsive song in Creole.  He sang a song about Jesus coming to save us, and that He will not drop us in Creole and the students responded after each phrase "OOOOOAh." Rev. Paul reported in our conversation, "Ben is missed very much. He has many friends here, the older ones and also many of the little ones." 

 

Rev. Paul reported, "It is very warm here and we had a good rain this morning. We are doing well." The crops are also doing well as he reported they are harvesting plantain, mangos, and pineapple. 

 

I complimented the Rev. Paul and his ministry for having Ben deliver applications for the children that are attending school beyond sixth grade.  Only 29% of Haitian students complete sixth grade. We have asked students to apply for upper education so they have experience at doing applications and begin to focus on their possibilities. 

 

If you have a Thrivent Financial Product, you can direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to NEHLM via Faith Lutheran Church, La Grande, Oregon. NEHLM designated Thrivent dollars will be deposited for NEHLM expenses.  If you choose to do this, please send an email to NEHLM letting our treasurer know when to expect your donation.  Please do not take from a valid ministry you are presently supporting, but do consider NEHLM if you are looking for a recepient. 

 

The Lord bless you, 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser 

www.nehlm.org

May 5, 2017

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

 

Liaison Ben Wiseman is preparing to make visitations in the United States and even stop by his home starting next Friday, May 12th.  He will be in the states through early June; his visit will involve presentations, questions and answers, and thank yous to be given from coast to coast. Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission (NEHLM) praises God for the fellowship we have with the many people involved and interested in this ministry.  Thank you for joining us to help Rev. Paul and the ministry to bring God's Word and provisions to those in Haiti. 

 

Rev. Paul has taken three men through theological training to be ordained pastors. They are Richard, Yves, and Pepe.  These men are now at a point in their training that they need to go to Port au Prince to the seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH-full altar and pulpit church with the LCMS). Rev. Paul says the classes they will take there are basically supporting and following through on the education he has been giving them. We praise God that these men have answered God's call for this training. 

 

Rev. Paul reported, "The crops are doing very well. We have had a couple rains.  Right now we are able to harvest plantains, bananas, and some early pineapples. The rest is growing."  He also reported that one of the sows laid on her five piglets--sad news that is leading to implementing some preventative measures.  I raised pigs for my FFA project years ago and remember that some sows were just not careful. 

 

Other sad news is Rev. Paul's explanation about the corruption seen in distributing resources in southern Haiti where the impact of Hurricane Matthew was severe.  He described what some people are facing--being forced to get papers from Port au Prince in order to go to certain places, having to park in non-secure areas, and several others issues that result in relief supplies not making it to the intended destinations.  I asked if he had that trouble when he went to distribute relief. He responded, "I have some friends, and they helped me to get through."  

 

We are thankful for everyone who works hard in this ministry to be good stewards of the resources received.  

 

God's peace, 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman 

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser 

April 20, 2017

“He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

A blessed Easter Season to you. Rev. Paul reported, “We had a wonderful Easter.  Services every night of Holy Week.  We drove people in from Baja (the community with a church/school plant overseen by Yves) and there were people from the community and, of course, all of our people.  It was very good.” Let us all praise God that the Word of the Lord continues to grow in the hearts and minds of people throughout the world.

 

Rev. Paul also shared, “We have been working a lot on the cafeteria, tile and other finishing-up work.” The cafeteria is at the school, and this will allow for more efficient cooking with some gas stoves along with not needing to transport food for the daily meal provided through the school. College Evangelique le Lutherien de Ouanaminthe is the name ofthe school directed by Rev. Paul’s ministry. Our school has a partnership with Trinity Hope feeding program that helps provide a daily meal for all the school students. (Photos attached or on Facebook @nehlmhaiti)

 

Some of the children recently participated in a Taekwondo competition; they are “one the the best teams in Haiti.” Rev. Paul reported that there are possibilities for them to represent Haiti in some international competitions. 

 

Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission (NEHLM) has had the need for mattresses as a priority for several months.  This should be good news as some mission teams have noticed the poor condition of mattresses for a couple years.  We are planning to take some protective covers with us this summer as moisture does effect the mattress quality quickly. Rev. Paul mentioned that Clynie (his wife) had a sore arm. She has also dealt with some back problems. I insisted that he obtain a good mattress for them as they get the other mattresses. He is very thankful for all that is done through NEHLM.

Baja Holy week worship service

Baja Holy week worship service

 

Happy Easter,

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

April 6, 2017

Boys helping with the watering at one of the gardens

Boys helping with the watering at one of the gardens

Greetings as we approach the Passion Week!

Rev. Paul reported that they will be having worship services every day starting Palm Sunday through Easter. The seven services from this Sunday through Saturday will focus on the Seven Words of Christ on the cross. I commented that I would cover those in our Good Friday Service. He responded, “Oh, yes, but there is so much to say, and we would not have enough time to do them all in one service.  This way we will be able to preach more of Christ’s Passion.” Good Idea!  I am delighted to see them gathering for services every day of Passion Week.

Before the Passion Week begins, Rev. Paul will be taking about sixteen of the children to Cap Haitian for a Taekwondo competition. Twelve of those children will be competing this Saturday.  This sport, like so many healthy activities, is great for developing discipline, dedication, and responsibility.  I remember being awakened early on a Saturday morning, (about 5:00 a.m.)  to cadence counting as they were going through their exercises.

Our Liaison, Ben Wiseman, reported the many helping hands that he witnessed on Tuesday. The boys were using buckets to haul water to a garden with tomatoes and some other crops, while the girls took laundry down to the river to wash.  He commented that the children were working diligently, and he was delighted to see them willing to help with these chores for the good of all.  I asked Rev. Paul about these chores and he responded, “Ah yes, the boys did some good work.”  I lamented with him about it being 25 degrees on Monday night in La Grande and even with my tomato plants in a free standing “greenhouse,” many of my tomatoes froze. He replied, “Oh, we don’t need to worry about that, it is the dry season that we have to deal with.” (Check out Facebook page to see photos of the children helping at the garden.  Search @nehlmhaiti on Facebook and like us to get further updates)

Concerning the laundry, Rev. Paul informed me that the electric pump at the girls facility is not operating right now. There was too much laundry to use the hand pump, so they took the laundry to the river.  This conversation branched off onto the non-operating pump. He informed me that the well needs to be deeper, because they are now having to buy drinking water for the girls’ facility. NEHLM is presently pleased to have expressed interest in supporting a deep well at the school.  Fresh water is so important, and we pray for guidance and support in having a deeper well for the girls’ facility.

Our Ninth Annual Wanna Run for Ouanaminthe is around the corner, June 4th, 2017, in Lake Stevens, WA.  If you are interested in joining this event registration form is on website.  We thank you for the support of this ministry.  This event provides support and publicity for the ministry, as well as means to fellowship with others passionate about the ministry in northeast Haiti.  

God’s peace and a blessed Passion Week to you all,

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser