The Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA, is committed to sharing Christ with the world! Through your support, we advocate and work for mission in different contexts and promote the importance of the dignity and selfworth of all people.
The Global Mission Committee of the Florida Bahamas Synod continues to work actively to support our companion synods, ELCA World Hunger Program, and Advocacy efforts both domestically as well as globally, as well as other areas of world mission of the church.
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Haiti Deacon Training
You are invited to consider an exciting opportunity to join a Pastor's Mission Trip to Haiti, to provide Deacon Training, on the dates of the 11th - 18th of January, 2013.
This trip is sponsored by the Global Mission Committee of the Florida Bahamas Synod and led by Pastor Steve Winemiller of Faith Lutheran Church, Sarasota.
Spend a week with Haitian Lutherans in fellowship with Deacons of the Church who are being raised up to support their Pastors in leading worship and in visitation ministry at various locations throughout Haiti.
The Haiti trip will be preceded by a Retreat at Luther Springs the 2nd and 3rd of November, 2012. Sponsored by ELCA Global Mission, that will allow our Clergy group to have breakout sessions to conduct planning for the Haiti mission.
The Cost will be approximately $500, which is essentially the price of your airline ticket to Port-au-Prince and $40 a day for room and board and transportation at the new ELH Headquarters in Gressier. Cost will vary depending on your travel arrangements and airline tickets. We will coordinate our travel to arrive together on the same flight into Haiti.
Please sign up, by clicking the link below and e-mail: pastorsteve@faithsarasota or call: 941-408-3729 if you have any questions.
Pastor Stephen Winemiller
7750 Beneva Rd.
On January 12 at 4:53 p.m., a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the island country of Haiti, primarily impacting its capital of Port-au-Prince and its nearly two million residents. It is believed that over three million citizens of Haiti are affected. The epicenter of the quake was centered approximately 10 miles west of Port-au-Prince. Offices, hotels, houses and shops have collapsed. Over 30 aftershocks ranging from 4.2 to 5.9 have already been recorded.
Louis Dorvilier, originally from Haiti, is the Director of ELCA Disaster Response. In this letter, Louis talks about the disaster in Haiti and the progress of ELCA Disaster Response working in partnership with Eglise Lutherienne d'Haiti and the Florida Bahamas Synod:
Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti Response
By Louis O. Dorvilier
Most people wonder how Haiti has gone that far. The earthquake of January 12th that killed more than 120,000 and left more than 1.2 million people homeless brought to light a human, political, social and economic disaster that was already buried in the Haiti wide spread poverty yet visible to the state and the international community. The quake just woke up those who were blindfolded and refused to see the devastations of landslides and repeated tropical floods, the results of two consecutive hurricanes and 20 years of political unrest, as well as 80% of unemployment couple to a poor social and economic infrastructure.
Several of us will be traveling to Haiti on August 23. The group which will include Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla (Executive Director), Louis Dorvilier(Director of International Development and Disaster Response) and Rev. Raquel Rodriguez(Director of Caribbean and Latin America Team) all representing the ELCA Global Mission Unit. Pastors Paul and Denise Benjamin from churches in Blissfield, Michigan and I will join this group. Another group from the Synod including Ms. Mary Delasin (Co-Chair, the Haiti Task Force), Pastor Tom Snapp (Chair Global Mission Committee) and Ms Raeann Purcell (President of the WELCA of the Synod) will leave August 30. The primary mission will be to see first hand what is happening with Eglise Lutherienne D'Haiti and to attend the first Assembly since the acceptance of the church as a companion with the ELCA.
Six months has past since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Much has been done to assist the Lutheran Churches of Haiti (Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti) communities, but there continues to be a long road ahead of us. Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti has been working in partnership with the Florida Bahamas Synod and ELCA Disaster Response to strategize and implement a plan for the churches and communities in the recovery in an unprecedented collaborative effort. Here is a summary of the accomplishments thus far, and an overview of the vision and plan to be implemented over the next few years. Both the Florida Bahamas Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have pledged to continue to walk together with the people of Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti for many years to come.
Mary Delasin and Pat Hansen
Co-chairs of the Florida-Bahamas Synod Haiti Task Force
Pat Hansen and Mary Delasin, co-chairs of the Florida Bahamas Synod Haiti Task Force, traveled to Haiti for the first time since the earthquake on June 9-16, 2010. While there, they toured congregations devastated by the quake, spent time with the people of Eglise Luthereinne d’Haiti and rejoiced and celebrated with the congregation of Jerusalem Lutheran Church near Les Cayes at the wedding of 8 couples and the baptism of two children. Their time was also spent in strategy meetings with the pastors of Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti and with Louis Dorvilier, director of ELCA Disaster Response.