Bonjou mwen zanmi! (Good day my friends!)
Faith Lutheran Church’s mission team returned from our trip to MADO (La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphelinat—The House of the Lambs of God Orphanage) Wednesday, June 17th. The trip was eventful (more than I dare share in an update), enriching (emotionally, socially, and spiritually), and an experience that I was delighted to be involved with.
This is the last week before break for our school. We got to witness the students taking their standardized tests. They sat in special seating arrangements: 2nd grade student next to 6th grade student next to 4th grade student. This way, the opportunity to see a classmate’s answers was not available—an encouraging and refreshing view of the serious approach the students and teachers take toward education. I did glance at a math test for a third grader and was encouraged at the rigor expected of the students.
Our work project included construction and some French tutoring by a member of our team who is proficient in French. After day one she had to increase the level of the intensity of her teaching. She was pleasantly surprised with the knowledge of the students. For construction work, we pursued constructing the floor of the building for the Baja Church plant, a building which is also used as a school. Level the dirt, tamp the ground, place big rocks, place small rocks, then lay the cement. The most labor for our team was the consistent hauling of water from a hand-pumped well fifty yards away and down a hill.
There is much to be said, as with all teams when they return. I also ask you to pray for a mission team from Dixon, California which departs tonight to be with MADO for the week. Through it all we pray that the word of the Lord grows in the hearts of the dear souls in Haiti and all of you who continue to be informed of God’s work through this ministry.
The Lord bless and keep you,
Rev. Sam Wiseman
NEHLM Pastoral Adviser