Pastor Sam Wiseman of Faith Lutheran in La Grande, OR met Pastor Daniel Paul from Haiti in seminary at Ft. Wayne, IN. Pastor Daniel Paul, being an orphan himself, shared his vision of building an orphanage in his home country to shelter, feed, and educate orphans of Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Feeling a call to aid in this effort, Pastor Wiseman introduced this mission to Lamb of God Lutheran Church (Everett, WA) and Faith Lutheran Church (La Grande, OR). Together, these churches formed a stateside organization, Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission, to support Pastor Daniel Paul’s ministry in building an orphanage and school.
From 2003 to 2009, seven mission teams have traveled to Ouanaminthe in northeast Haiti to expand Pastor Daniel Paul’s hope of serving the children of Haiti. La Maison de Agne aux de Dieu Orphanage (MADO) is a quarter complete and houses over 25 orphans. A multi-purpose building serves as a church where over 200 children attend VBS on Sundays. During the week, 80 children from the orphanage and community attend school.
Lamb of God in Everett is a sister LCMS church in our circuit. That's how our congregation heard about the work in Ouanaminthe and decided to highlight the mission there. Perhaps there are some folks from our congregation who will one day consider going along on one of the trips sponsored by Lamb of God and Faith, La Grande.
I will also include the link to NEHLM on our church website links page which you can navigate to by clicking here.