May 5, 2017

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.  

 

God's peace, 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman 

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser 

April 20, 2017

“He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

A blessed Easter Season to you. Rev. Paul reported, “We had a wonderful Easter.  Services every night of Holy Week.  We drove people in from Baja (the community with a church/school plant overseen by Yves) and there were people from the community and, of course, all of our people.  It was very good.” Let us all praise God that the Word of the Lord continues to grow in the hearts and minds of people throughout the world.

 

Rev. Paul also shared, “We have been working a lot on the cafeteria, tile and other finishing-up work.” The cafeteria is at the school, and this will allow for more efficient cooking with some gas stoves along with not needing to transport food for the daily meal provided through the school. College Evangelique le Lutherien de Ouanaminthe is the name ofthe school directed by Rev. Paul’s ministry. Our school has a partnership with Trinity Hope feeding program that helps provide a daily meal for all the school students. (Photos attached or on Facebook @nehlmhaiti)

 

Some of the children recently participated in a Taekwondo competition; they are “one the the best teams in Haiti.” Rev. Paul reported that there are possibilities for them to represent Haiti in some international competitions. 

 

Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission (NEHLM) has had the need for mattresses as a priority for several months.  This should be good news as some mission teams have noticed the poor condition of mattresses for a couple years.  We are planning to take some protective covers with us this summer as moisture does effect the mattress quality quickly. Rev. Paul mentioned that Clynie (his wife) had a sore arm. She has also dealt with some back problems. I insisted that he obtain a good mattress for them as they get the other mattresses. He is very thankful for all that is done through NEHLM.

Baja Holy week worship service

Baja Holy week worship service

 

Happy Easter,

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

April 6, 2017

Boys helping with the watering at one of the gardens

Boys helping with the watering at one of the gardens

Greetings as we approach the Passion Week!

Rev. Paul reported that they will be having worship services every day starting Palm Sunday through Easter. The seven services from this Sunday through Saturday will focus on the Seven Words of Christ on the cross. I commented that I would cover those in our Good Friday Service. He responded, “Oh, yes, but there is so much to say, and we would not have enough time to do them all in one service.  This way we will be able to preach more of Christ’s Passion.” Good Idea!  I am delighted to see them gathering for services every day of Passion Week.

Before the Passion Week begins, Rev. Paul will be taking about sixteen of the children to Cap Haitian for a Taekwondo competition. Twelve of those children will be competing this Saturday.  This sport, like so many healthy activities, is great for developing discipline, dedication, and responsibility.  I remember being awakened early on a Saturday morning, (about 5:00 a.m.)  to cadence counting as they were going through their exercises.

Our Liaison, Ben Wiseman, reported the many helping hands that he witnessed on Tuesday. The boys were using buckets to haul water to a garden with tomatoes and some other crops, while the girls took laundry down to the river to wash.  He commented that the children were working diligently, and he was delighted to see them willing to help with these chores for the good of all.  I asked Rev. Paul about these chores and he responded, “Ah yes, the boys did some good work.”  I lamented with him about it being 25 degrees on Monday night in La Grande and even with my tomato plants in a free standing “greenhouse,” many of my tomatoes froze. He replied, “Oh, we don’t need to worry about that, it is the dry season that we have to deal with.” (Check out Facebook page to see photos of the children helping at the garden.  Search @nehlmhaiti on Facebook and like us to get further updates)

Concerning the laundry, Rev. Paul informed me that the electric pump at the girls facility is not operating right now. There was too much laundry to use the hand pump, so they took the laundry to the river.  This conversation branched off onto the non-operating pump. He informed me that the well needs to be deeper, because they are now having to buy drinking water for the girls’ facility. NEHLM is presently pleased to have expressed interest in supporting a deep well at the school.  Fresh water is so important, and we pray for guidance and support in having a deeper well for the girls’ facility.

Our Ninth Annual Wanna Run for Ouanaminthe is around the corner, June 4th, 2017, in Lake Stevens, WA.  If you are interested in joining this event registration form is on website.  We thank you for the support of this ministry.  This event provides support and publicity for the ministry, as well as means to fellowship with others passionate about the ministry in northeast Haiti.  

God’s peace and a blessed Passion Week to you all,

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

March 25 2017

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. 

 

   Photo of Rev. Larry Rockemann, Elaine, Rev. Daniel Paul and Ben Wiseman, NEHLM Liaison receiving picture story Bibles.  

 

Photo of Rev. Larry Rockemann, Elaine, Rev. Daniel Paul and Ben Wiseman, NEHLM Liaison receiving picture story Bibles.  

I asked Rev.  Paul about his immediate family, and he reported that about five of the orphans were recently at a Taekwondo competition.

 

God’s peace. 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman 

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

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February 24, 2017

Greetings in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 

First, a word of thanks to all of you for supporting this ministry with your prayers, involvement, gifts, and sponsorships.  We have seen a healthy increase of sponsors for the orphans and students of this ministry is the last several months. This is helping to ease some the the continual pressure Rev. Paul faces in day to day operation of the ministry.  

As I talked with Rev. Paul this week, we discussed some work projects for two mission teams that are planning trips this summer.  Faith LCMS, my congregation, has a team of eight people scheduled for late June and Rev. Johnson of Redeemer LCMS in Salem, Oregon, has a team scheduled for July.  We are excited for the opportunity to share the Gospel as we help the ministry. Rev. Paul and all of his ministry are also delighted to host these teams.  

The NEHLM board continues to develop support for the variety of situations for the children of La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphelinat (MADO).  We are presently developing methods to help the children transition out of the orphanage as they become young adults.  This includes further education, business starts, etc. We are finding this to be a situation that needs to be handled uniquely per individual, yet should have some overarching principles to guide us.  Elanie is an individual for whom we are considering options and possibilities as she desires to further her education. 

Rev. Paul reminded me of what I call the amplified celebration approaching the Lenten Season.  “In Haiti people are getting ready for Carnival.  It will begin on Sunday, and continue on Monday, and also on Tuesday.  Our country has many activities. Next Wednesday will be Ash Wednesday and Carnival will be done.”  Let us pray that Christian truth is proclaimed in Haiti through this culturally complicated celebration.  

A blessed Lenten Season to you, 

Rev. Sam Wiseman 

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

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February 8, 2017

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. 

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12).

This spiritual truth has manifested itself in many situations. I have been blest and humbled by the many times God has worked for and through His faithful for this ministry overseen by Rev. Daniel Paul.  Thank you for your part. 

Rev. Paul reported that his wife, Cliney, finally was able to go and mourn with family in Port au Prince after the death of Rev. Neona Isador, a relative of Cliney’s. Rev. Paul said, “This was very good for her and the family to have this time together.  But the family is really struggling with Rev. Neona not being with them.” 

We talked about the crops and animals.  The rains have been nourishing and the gardens are being planted, tended to, and harvested involving various crops.  Praise God for the willing hands to work the ground. Thirteen goats were given to the ministry by Espwa Nouvel International, a group that is partnering with MADO to bring agriculture classes to the children and field based learning.  The boys are in charge of tending to the goats.     They will be used as breeding stock, and some will be for meat.  “They (the boys) are excited to have responsibility for the goats,” Rev. Paul commented.  Pigs were given to the ministry a couple years ago. These are also a good source of meat; they maintain a boar and some sows and butcher as available.

 

Please pray for proper care for Rev. Paul’s eyes as he needs special medicine and a procedure to follow-up his glaucoma surgery.  Rev. Paul also mentioned that an older responsible orphan, Sandia, has a kidney stone and they are trying to get her care. 

 

God’s peace to you, 

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman 

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

www.nehlm.org

January 25, 2017

Greetings to those who “have seen a Great Light” (Matthew 4:16), that Light being the “Light of the World” (John 8:12) Jesus Christ and His grace,

(Some thoughts from my last Epiphany Season sermon. May the illuminating truth of who we are and what He has done, and is doing for us, brighten your day!)

La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphelinat (The House of the Lambs of God Orphanage—MADO) was delighted to have a nurse practitioner and several helpers be with them last week.  Rev. Paul reported, “Everything went very well. She was able to see many people: orphans, students, and other people. We were delighted that she came to serve these people.” 

When Rev. Paul took this mission group to the airport in Cap Haitian last Saturday, he continued traveling with a couple of the young adults from MADO to Port au Prince.  This was to mourn with the family, church, and other clergy at the funeral of Reverend Neona.  Rev. Neona was the brother of Rev. Izador who was a past president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH-full altar and pulpit fellowship with the LCMS).  Rev. Neona had also served with Rev. Louis from Port au Prince.  This is another very sad time for the ELCH. Reverends Isador, Louis, and now Neona have all died at fairly young ages. Rev. Neona’s death was a crime involving greed, as have been other deaths of pastors over the last fifteen years. Rev. Paul’s voice was noticeably shaky as he explained, “It was a really sad time. He was a very good man just trying to help many people!” Our condolences to all impacted and our prayers as Rev. and Mrs. Paul continue to visit and support this family and church.

Rev. Paul reported that they are able to harvest plantains, cassava, congo beans, and bush beans.  He added, “It would be good to receive some rain, but just some rain that would be good for the plants.”  This is a situation we often find ourselves in--we desire the good thing, such as rain, but not too much.

I was delighted to share with Rev. Paul that Trinity Lutheran School of Utica, Michigan, had a “Color Run” to benefit our school.  The Color Run has allowed Trinity Lutheran School to sponsor twenty-four students for this school year.  It is exciting to see this support of a Haitian school from a USA school.

 

God’s peace,

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

January 12, 2017

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.”

 

God’s peace,

 

Rev. Sam Wiseman

NEHLM Pastoral Adviser

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