March 2nd, 2016

Greetings,

 

    A Blessed Lenten Season to you all.  At Faith Lutheran will are focusing on the “Places of the Passion” from the Gospel of Luke for our midweek Lenten Services.  It is humbling, encouraging, and exalting considering the great passion the Jesus Christ has for you and I.

 

    La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphelinat (MADO-The House of the Lambs of God Orphanage) is hosting a medical team this week.  This group is associated with some LCMS churches in Michigan and has been serving ministries in Haiti for a couple decades and has walked with us for several years. We are blessed and thankful for their service with us. The present team has about 25 servants. Many of them are qualified medical professionals. MADO and the community of Ouanaminthe receive excellent medical care through their services.  It has been reported to me that their baggage did not arrive with them. I trust that American Airlines and all involved have fulfilled their duty of getting their bags to them in a timely fashion.

 

    Rev. Paul reported that three young adults from the Orphanage are going to a Taekwondo marshal arts competition in the Dominican Republic sometime this Spring. They will get a free trip with their coach since they were the best in their age groups in a competition in Haiti.  So now they are going to represent Haiti at this international competition. This brings back memories of my trip to MADO in the summer of 2015 and being awaken at about 6:00 a.m. to the repetitive counting from 1-10 in Creole/French.  I got up to see what was going on and found a dozen or so children being led through some rigorous exercises.  Congratulations and best wishes to each of you as you go to represent your country in this athletic competition.

 

    Rev. Paul also reported, “We have three pigs now. Two pregnant girls and one boy.”  Being a guy who had pigs as an FFA project in high school, I shared with him, “We would say you have two bred gilts and a young boar.” “Oh yes!” replied Rev. Paul.  We are pleased to see this project taking form.  The pigs are in a secure facility and will have actual pig pens built when the building supplies come down in price.  Rev. Paul reported that a 60 lb. bag of cement costs $10.00 US dollars. This is sad since I see that Home Depot is selling 60 lbs. for about $6.00 in the USA. 

 

Please pray for the medical team’s safe travel and service. Thank you for your interest in this ministry.

 

God’s peace to you,

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser