Greetings in the name of the Resurrected Jesus Christ, to Whom Thomas confessed, “My Lord and my God” (John20:28).
With my greetings you can likely guess the Gospel text for this Second Sunday of Easter on April 12th. John chapter twenty is loaded with great theology. Let us all continue to gather to receive from our Lord and God, Jesus Christ. Amen.
First some unfortunate news. Rev. Paul reported that the school was broken into on March 29th through the windows (which in Haiti are basically shutters). Some items were taken from the kitchen and some chairs were missing. The police are investigating; however, no report from the police as of April 11th. “We are going to put stronger iron bars over the windows to make it as secure as possible,” Rev. Paul told me.
Now for some good news! Clynie and Abigail (Rev. Paul’s wife and daughter) will be returning from Boston April 22nd. They are with Clynie's sister receiving some follow-up medical care for Abigail. Rev. Paul said, “My eyes are doing fairly well. When Clynie and Abigail get home, I will be able to have a follow-up visit with the doctor in Florida who did my glaucoma surgery.” We will be helping him with arrangements for this visit with an airline ticket, as we also look to Concordia LCMS in Florida to help with housing and transportation.
Construction on the next phase of the school is progressing well. Rev. Paul said he will be sending pictures. Please follow at our website: NEHLM.org.
“The gardens are in great need of rain. The corn is not able to form ears and began to die, so we are feeding the corn to the goats. We are harvesting some sugar cane and pineapples, but they are small. Port au Prince had a flood recently, but we did not receive any rain,” Rev. Paul reported on the agricultural environment. Let us pray for appropriate moisture for them and many others in agriculture.
Easter for the ministry had the great celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as celebrating the confirmation and baptisms of twenty dear souls. Rev. Paul reported, “The baptisms were done at the waterfall, and most of these people were from the orphanage.” We are delighted to witness the good confession flowing from these dear children who are being brought up in the Word of God.
God’s peace to you,
Rev. Sam Wiseman
NEHLM Pastoral Adviser