The ministry of Rev. Daniel Paul started in Nord Est (northeast) Haiti in 2002 following his graduation from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The ministry started with worship services and some schooling that met in buildings and houses in Ouanaminthe. In 2007, the complex of the girls' orphanage was opened and entitled "The House of the Lambs of God Orphanage" (La Maison des Agneaux de Dieu Orphelinat--MADO).
Reverend Daniel Paul and Family
Born in the late 1960s, Rev. Daniel Paul was the first grandchild on both sides of his family. His relatives called him “gift” since he is the oldest and born in the month of December. Pastor’s six younger siblings include Elise, David, Edline, Ricot, Rev. Esaü (who graduated from seminary in Port-au-Prince in 2007), and Nahomie (half sister).
Pastor’s mother received a head injury from concrete and died two years after the accident around 1981. Following her death, Pastor, along with David and Elise, went to live with their grandmother in Port-au-Prince. Edline, Ricot, and Esaü (six months old) were sent to an orphanage. Pastor’s father worked with glass, sold jewelry, and served as a deacon in the Lutheran church. He remarried and had Nahomie. In 1982, unfortunately, he also died. Pastor’s stepmother went to work in the Dominican Republic around 1986-1987 and was never heard from again; it is assumed that she died there. Pastor would visit his younger siblings in the orphanage two times a year.
Pastor attended and graduated primary and secondary Lutheran school in Port-au-Prince. His teacher in secondary school, Pastor Louis, was the first Haitian to graduate from Concordia Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
In 1992, Pastor left Port-au-Prince for Les Cayes on the southern peninsula. One of his teachers, Pastor Isador, was sent to Les Cayes to expand the Lutheran Church. Pastor Daniel served as principal of the Lutheran school in Les Cayes for one year and served as a deacon. As deacon, his responsibilities included planting and serving other affiliation churches throughout the countryside. At one time, he served twelve churches. He would ride his bike for one day to get to some of the churches. From 1994-1998, members from the congregations would meet on Saturdays and Pastor held classes (like seminary) to discuss the Bible readings for that Sunday and the teachings of the Lutheran Church. They also opened a missionary training center in Les Cayes. In 1995, Pastor Daniel taught at the missionary center to train others.
Pastor studied agriculture at the American University of the Caribbean for three years. He missed graduation by one year after deciding to attend seminary at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in 1998 with three other Haitians: Paul Touloute, Marky Kessa, and Eleona Bernard. Before leaving for Indiana in 1998, Pastor married Clynie. She joined Pastor for the last nine months of seminary. They have four biological daughters.
Pastor Daniel was the first person on both sides of his family to graduate from secondary school, attend a university, graduate, and own a vehicle. Upon graduation from Ft. Wayne in 2001, Pastor returned to Port-au-Prince to help establish and teach at the seminary. He was assigned to serve as bishop of the Nord Est region and in 2002 began his ministry in Ouanaminthe.