He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
A Blessed Eastertide to you all. Rev. Paul reported “We did very well with our Easter Services.” His ministry has a full Holy Week of services. It is a very spiritual time for the orphans, students, and church members. We are delighted to be involved with a ministry that promotes Christian worship and virtues.
I inquired about the Taekwondo competition in which three of our girls competed as part of the Haitian national team. Rev. Paul said, “Our girls competed well. The Haitian team won third place. There were teams from Caribbean countries along with Venezuela, Costa Rica and others. I do not know all the teams that were there.” I confirmed that the competition was international games between South American, Central American, and Caribbean countries. Rev. Paul said, “They had many types of competitions, like basketball and volleyball also.” Congratulations, children of La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphilenate (The House of the Lambs of God Orphanage-MADO), for representing your country in international competition. (Side-note: Rev. Paul made it clear that the Haitian government paid for the hotel, meals, and entry fees to the games in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. It is good to hear that the Haitian government supports some healthy activities for youth.)
Recently seven of the older girls have had headaches and sore eyes. Rev. Paul took them to an eye doctor. “Some of the girls needed glasses and others needed medicine. They are doing better now,” Rev. Paul said. I asked him about his eyes since his glaucoma surgery that was done in January of 2015. “Oh, my eyes, I am doing OK. My eyes are sensitive to light, so I am careful about the times that I drive.” We give thanks for the medical support that many in this ministry have received and pray that the Lord’s healing hand be with them.
I asked about rain. Rev. Paul said, “Oh, when we talked two weeks ago, I told you there was a little rain; well, that was it. We got no more. It is very dry, and we are not able to plant many of our crops.” May and June are regularly the wet months. We pray for healthy moisture soon. This lack of moisture continues to make food more expensive. Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission (NEHLM) has been sending additional food money for the last 6-8 months. NEHLM tries to help as we have resources. Our most pressing issues right now are having all of the orphans and students sponsored, as well as meeting the nutritional expenses. Please put this to prayerful consideration. The NEHLM website has donation forms and sponsorship information.
Rev. Sam Wiseman
NEHLM Pastoral Adviser