Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Les Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphelinat (MADO-The House of the Lambs of God Orphanage) in Haiti is hosting a group of people this week and are expecting another group from Michigan the end of January and beginning of February. Rev. Paul, Cliney, the children, and staff are excited to host these people and they have been active on getting things ready. These are their first guests since last summer. We are delighted that these folks are visiting MADO. They have chosen a good time for those of us up north. It is a pleasant time of year in Haiti—mid to upper 80’s in the day and low 70’s at night. When I Skype Rev. Paul often see him in a t-shirt with a fan going, as I have the furnace on and several layers of clothing.
Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission (the sponsorship and coordinating agency of MADO) is pleased that people are able to visit them. Yet, a trip to Haiti is not for everyone. We are also very pleased to have many others who are also concerned for the spiritual life of these dear souls that we walk with in Haiti.
Let me share a concern about the increased amount of money for food that we have sent for the last four months. This is due to a slow harvest time in the gardens. Rev. Paul reported that, “Right now in the gardens we are only harvesting sugar cane.” I commented that that would not be a complete diet. More impacting is the political instability with the Dominican Republic. As a border town this greatly effects the food price. In response a couple started a monthly donation marked as “Rice and Beans.” The lady was on a mission trip to MADO this summer and upon returning heard about the increased food costs. This was a creative move on their part to help. On good harvests months and calmer political environment our sponsorship program meets the needs of food. Yet there are other monthly expenses. We are so thankful that we receive enough resources to maintain this ministry. Note: we still have a couple orphans that are unsponsored along with many students.
As a side note, orphans sponsored at $50 a month and students are $20 a month. Many other “sponsorship programs,” that I respect and learn from, have the provisions equivalent to our students for $35 a month. We are able to ask for less since the ministry is active with their garden and NEHLM pays no salaries and the small administrative expenses are covered by the NEHLM officers. I am reminded that unallocated gifts are covering for the short fall now. Thank you for all gifts and prayers.
Thank you for walking with us as we bring care and God’s Word to these dear souls.
Rev. Sam Wiseman
NEHLM Pastoral Adviser