Greetings in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
I explained to Rev. Paul how our area in northeast Oregon has moved out of being in a near drought condition after all the moisture we have received through the last five months. I asked him about their agricultural efforts, and he replied, “We are able to do that. We are receiving rain, but not too much.” This allows the ministry to grow a lot of their food and gives everyone plenty of chores. We thank God for the provision of healthy amounts of water through the ever-operating water cycle.
Liaison Ben and Rev. Paul did some traveling and met with Rev. Larry Rockemann of Lutheran Heritage Foundation. Rev. Rockemann wrote, “Thank you for taking the time and making the long drive to visit with me in the Fort Jacques area. I so much appreciated the conversation we were able to have about your ministry and the work of our brother-pastors and church workers in the ELCH (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti). As much as I am able, I want to make certain that you have the resources at hand for use with the people you serve, especially the books of our Lutheran faith—books that are Bible-based, Christ-centered, and that clearly and faithfully proclaim Law and Gospel.” We appreciate his interest and service. Our team this summer will be taking fifty French Small Catechisms from Lutheran Heritage Ministries for Rev. Paul’s ministries. Rev. Paul explained that written Haitian Creole has greatly improved over the last twenty years. He now uses both Haitian Creole and French, while twenty years ago, he used only French for studies. Consistency in the use of words and grammar are important in teaching doctrine.
I asked Rev. Paul about his immediate family, and he reported that about five of the orphans were recently at a Taekwondo competition.
Rev. Sam Wiseman
NEHLM Pastoral Adviser