February 16th Update

Blessed Lenten Season to you! Let us reflect on all that Jesus has done, is doing, and will do for us. Great is our Lord!

 

Rev. Paul reported, “I had a fever last week, but I am doing well now.” He did not have a specific illness for his fever but reiterated more than once, “I am well now.”  Praise be to God!

 

I had heard reports that it was dry and dusty around Ouanaminthe. Rev. Paul commented, “Oh, yes, very dry, this is the longest dry season that Ouanaminthe has had in thirty-five years.  This last week Cap Haitian (which is about 40 miles away) had enough rain to cause some flooding, and we did not receive a drop of rain.”  This is drastically affecting the agriculture of this area, which means this dry season has drastically affected many people’s diet.  The ministry is able to water some garden plots within, and close to, the boys’ and girls’ orphanages which allows some fresh produce. Rev. Paul said, “It is predicted that we will have food problems for at least six months.”  NEHLM is trying to send down extra funds for food. Thank you for your prayers for rain and for support during these trying times.

 

The Church that meets at La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphelinat (MADO) includes community members. At the annual meeting in January, some people told Rev. Paul, “We want to invite people to come to church, yet when they come, there is no place to sit. We would like to build a church building.”  The present site of worship is in a multi-purpose room at the girls’ orphanage.  Rev. Paul said that his church was going to dedicate funds for a church building throughout 2016 and, Lord willing, begin to work on a the foundation (the ministry already has the land).  After this year, he said they would let the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH, who is is full altar and pulpit fellowship with the LCMS) and Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission (NEHLM) know how they are doing with this project. We are pleased to see the church take this mature step.

 

God’s peace,

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

www.nehlm.org