Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
“I am sorry for not being available last week. We had fifty-four people to transport and feed for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH-a church body with altar and pulpit fellowship with the LCMS). Last week was our national convention, it was in Ouanaminthe,” reported Rev. Paul. I had called a couple times last week and left him messages. Rev. Paul was pleased with the convention. Rev. Eliona Bernard of Cap Haitian was elected as the new President for the ELCH. He replaced Rev. Marky Kessa (from Jacmal) who has been serving since at least 2008. Rev. Eliona Bernard, Rev. Marky Kessa, Rev. Paul Toulotte (Les Cayes) and Rev. Daniel Paul were all classmates of mine at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne from 1998-2001. I am not sure how Rev. Paul was selected to host the convention in Ouanaminthe; however, he and his ministry did an admirable job. They incurred some expenses, since the ELCH was not able to fund all the expenses.
NEHLM’s liaison, Ben Wiseman, is in contact with Rev. Paul and has travel plans being finalized to begin serving in Haiti in September. Rev. Paul and NEHLM are excited about having a person living on site to facilitate some administrative details, train children with communications, and be a liaison to maintain healthy relationships. NEHLM is helping him raise funds for his expenses of about $7000.00 for the year (room and board, and at least two trips). If you would like to help fund this position, please respond to this email or contact us through the NEHLM website.
Clynie, Rev. Paul’s wife, will be going to Santiago, DR, on Wednesday to buy material to sew school clothes for the upcoming school year. She is able to get better deals and better quality supplies as she shops around. The ministry has also been busy with harvesting. “We harvested some corn, along with other produce from the gardens by the boys’ orphanage,” said Rev. Paul. He continued, “We have had normal temperatures and some good rains. The gardens have done well the last two months.”
Rev. Sam Wiseman
NEHLM Pastoral Adviser