May the revelation of God’s love be yours through this Epiphany Season!
Rev. Paul started our conversation with a very upbeat attitude. He said, “We are doing very well. We are looking forward to work with missionaries as they come to help people.” Alice Marie, from Colorado, with two or three others, are scheduled to arrive at La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphelinat (MADO-The House of the Lambs of God Orphanage) this Saturday. It is encouraging that Rev. Paul’s ministry is consistently very pleased to welcome and work with people who come to visit and/or serve. This team has some medical aptitude to serve the ministry and the community.
December was a fairly dry month after their record breaking wet month of November. This allowed them to get a lot of work done on their “gardens.” (I put gardens in quotation marks for they are several patches of sometimes acres of “garden,” way more than my backyard garden.) On another agricultural note, some of the orphans are involved with a “Young Farmers Club.” Rev. Charles of Estwa Nouvel (Hopeful News) provided some resources to allow the children the responsibility of caring for some garden spots or animals. We are pleased to see some children working responsibly with this opportunity.
NEHLM is working with Rev. Paul on providing healthy ways for the older orphans to transition into the society. Often they need support to obtain resources for work. Examples include setting up a simple business, having land to farm (renting or buying the land), sewing, further education, etc. Rev. Paul and his wife will be the main supervisors for this and the older orphans will apply to receive help. Of course this type of venture needs financial support, yet we foresee long term benefits of having Haitians in gainful employment involved with the church and able to support the ministry.
Let me finish with some further “upbeat” quotes of Rev. Paul: “We are very happy for everyone’s help--the NEHLM Board, Ben (NEHLM’s Liaison), everyone’s prayers and support. We are very thankful.”
Rev. Sam Wiseman
NEHLM Pastoral Adviser