I tried to talk with Rev. Paul this morning. After three attempts, in which our connection was very poor, I said “Let us try to Skype tonight.” This evening I was happy to get a call from Rev. Paul via Skype. We had a wonderful connection. He had several of the girls in the room with him. They were respectfully sitting as we conversed about many things. I finally asked them to join me with a hymn. We sang Jezi Remmen Mwen... (Jesus Loves Me...). Exciting times.
Cliney and Abigail (Rev. Paul’s wife and daughter) are in Boston with Cliney’s sister for some medical check-ups. Their final appointment will be April 16th; after that, they will return to Haiti. When they return home, Rev. Paul will then make a trip to Miami, Florida, for a follow-up appointment for the eye surgeries (glaucoma) he had in December. He reported that his eyes are “doing well.” He continues to use some eye drops that have helped greatly to relieve itchiness. He has requested a large print French Bible that our team will deliver in June.
The construction project is progressing very well. There are some new photos at nehlm.org. They continue to responsibly use the funds that are sent. We are delighted to be able to report to the LWML and other sponsors with detailed reports of the use of funds. There are people in Haiti and involved with NEHLM (Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission) that strive to be good stewards of gifts given to the Lord.
I asked Rev. Paul about the upcoming Holy Week. This generated a lively reply: “We will be having services in Baja Palm Sunday afternoon and then services at Baja on Monday and Tuesday. We will have our regular two services here on Sunday, followed with services Wednesday, Thursday, Friday andSaturday. Worship every day and multiple Services on Sunday.” Praise God that the Word of God “will not return empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). On Easter Sunday the ministry has some Baptismal candidates and confirmation students who will be receiving their Baptism or confirmation rite. A true blessing!
A Blessed Holy Week to you all,
Rev. Sam Wiseman
NEHLM Pastoral Adviser