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

March 25 2017

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

 

I explained to Rev. Paul how our area in northeast Oregon has moved out of being in a near drought condition after all the moisture we have received through the last five months.   I asked him about their agricultural efforts, and he replied, “We are able to do that.  We are receiving rain, but not too much.”  This allows the ministry to grow a lot of their food and gives everyone plenty of chores.  We thank God for the provision of healthy amounts of water through the ever-operating water cycle. 

 

Liaison Ben and Rev. Paul did some traveling and met with Rev. Larry Rockemann of Lutheran Heritage Foundation.  Rev. Rockemann wrote, “Thank you for taking the time and making the long drive to visit with me in the Fort Jacques area.  I so much appreciated the conversation we were able to have about your ministry and the work of our brother-pastors and church workers in the ELCH (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti).  As much as I am able, I want to make certain that you have the resources at hand for use with the people you serve, especially the books of our Lutheran faith—books that are Bible-based, Christ-centered, and that clearly and faithfully proclaim Law and Gospel.” We appreciate his interest and service. Our team this summer will be taking fifty French Small Catechisms from Lutheran Heritage Ministries for Rev. Paul’s ministries. Rev. Paul explained that written Haitian Creole has greatly improved over the last twenty years.  He now uses both Haitian Creole and French, while twenty years ago, he used only French for studies.  Consistency in the use of words and grammar are important in teaching doctrine. 

 

  Photo of Rev. Larry Rockemann, Elaine, Rev. Daniel Paul and Ben Wiseman, NEHLM Liaison receiving picture story Bibles.  

 

Photo of Rev. Larry Rockemann, Elaine, Rev. Daniel Paul and Ben Wiseman, NEHLM Liaison receiving picture story Bibles.  

I asked Rev.  Paul about his immediate family, and he reported that about five of the orphans were recently at a Taekwondo competition.

 

God’s peace. 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman 

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

www.nehlm.org