Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Liaison Ben Wiseman is preparing to make visitations in the United States and even stop by his home starting next Friday, May 12th. He will be in the states through early June; his visit will involve presentations, questions and answers, and thank yous to be given from coast to coast. Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission (NEHLM) praises God for the fellowship we have with the many people involved and interested in this ministry. Thank you for joining us to help Rev. Paul and the ministry to bring God's Word and provisions to those in Haiti.
Rev. Paul has taken three men through theological training to be ordained pastors. They are Richard, Yves, and Pepe. These men are now at a point in their training that they need to go to Port au Prince to the seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH-full altar and pulpit church with the LCMS). Rev. Paul says the classes they will take there are basically supporting and following through on the education he has been giving them. We praise God that these men have answered God's call for this training.
Rev. Paul reported, "The crops are doing very well. We have had a couple rains. Right now we are able to harvest plantains, bananas, and some early pineapples. The rest is growing." He also reported that one of the sows laid on her five piglets--sad news that is leading to implementing some preventative measures. I raised pigs for my FFA project years ago and remember that some sows were just not careful.
Other sad news is Rev. Paul's explanation about the corruption seen in distributing resources in southern Haiti where the impact of Hurricane Matthew was severe. He described what some people are facing--being forced to get papers from Port au Prince in order to go to certain places, having to park in non-secure areas, and several others issues that result in relief supplies not making it to the intended destinations. I asked if he had that trouble when he went to distribute relief. He responded, "I have some friends, and they helped me to get through."
We are thankful for everyone who works hard in this ministry to be good stewards of the resources received.
Rev. Sam Wiseman
NEHLM Pastoral Adviser