The traditional Gospel reading for Epiphany is from Matthew chapter 2. The visit of the Magi (or “wise men”) from the East. Let me say it again, as a pastor with a family name of Wiseman, Happy Epiphany!
As I skyped with Rev. Paul, he pulled out a lamp which lit up his face so that I could see that his right eye had swelled up. He said that it was much worse a couple days ago. I asked if he was bitten by a insect, he said, “No, I have no idea why my eye swelled up. I was not able to see my regular eye doctor immediately, but I will go this week.” He did not think that this swollen eye had anything to do with the glaucoma that he is trying to manage.
Rev. Paul reported that their multiple services over the past couple weeks were successful. “All the services went very well and everyone is very happy. Sunday the 20th, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Sunday the 27th, and New Years Eve were all well attended.” The Christmas Day Service and New Years Eve Service both included meals served to those in attendance. May the Word of the Lord continue to grow in the hearts and minds of the faithful who gathered.
Over the Christmas break, eight people from the orphanage went to Cap Haitian for a Taekwondo martial arts competition. They came home with thirteen medals. He noted that his biological daughters, Margaurit and Whitney, did exceedingly well. I think one of them was the champion of her division.
Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission (NEHLM) received another donation to expand the pig operation that they had started in late November. Rev. Paul is excited about getting the breeding stock (with proper papers verifying they have all the necessary shots), and secure pens. He also reported, “On January 1st one of our goats gave birth to twins and another one is to give birth late this month.” We are happy to see this animal husbandry, hoping that it will contribute to a healthy diet, complementing their garden produce.
Rev. Sam Wiseman
NEHLM Pastoral Adviser