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|A Special E-Missio of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA.|
|Global Mission Partnership|
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.
We thank you for helping us improving the life of our brothers and sisters in Haiti that has been devastated after the earthquake on January 12. These are the pictures of the food distribution in Petit-Goave which is a place where one of our Lutheran churches is located. People were all excited to have this food brought to them after two months of food scarcity. Each family gets a bag of rice, a pack of spaghetti, a gallon of oil, and 10 pounds of dry beans. All this families have food for almost a month depending on the number of the people in each family. This happens all because of your love and good will!
Peace, love and many blessings!
Rev. Livenson Lauvanus
Meeting with Louis Dorvilier, Director ELCA Disaster Response
On February 26, 2010, Louis Dorvilier of ELCA Disaster Response met with Pat Hansen and Mary Delasin, co-chairs of the Florida Bahamas Synod Haiti Program to discuss the unified Haiti relief response of the Florida Bahamas Synod and ELCA Disaster Response regarding efforts to assist Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti, the Lutheran Church of Haiti. The ELCA has made our brothers and sisters of the Haitian Lutheran Churches a priority in the relief effort and will be working in partnership with the Florida Bahamas Synod to meet the emergency relief needs of Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti’s congregations, as well as looking to developing sustainable long term solutions for the communities of ELH’s congregations, as well as the citizens of Haiti as a whole. Louis Dorvilier was on his way to Haiti where he will be staying and working with Pr. Joseph Livenson Lauvanus on relief efforts for the month of March.
By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept, when we remembered Zion…
"Oh! My gosh" were the only words I could say when someone called Mrs. Winemiller (the wife of Rev. Paul Winemiller an ELCA retired pastor) and ask her to turn the television to CNN to see what was happening in Haiti. I did not know what else to say. I remember a few weeks prior to the earthquake, people were telling me how happy they were because this year we were exempt from hurricanes. Unfortunately what we did not know was that the worst was yet to come.
As I sat down trying to comprehend what I was seeing, the book of Isaiah and Psalm 137 came to mind and I begun to get insight from them. Seeing how some of the people were evacuated from the island for safety, and me abroad feeling helpless, psalm 137 begun to make sense to me. By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept, when we remember Zion…
On August 27 & 28, 2009 the Lutheran Church of Haiti held their first assembly with over 70 people from throughout the country of Haiti attending. A small group from the Florida Bahamas Synod also attended the event which included the ordination of Pr. Denis DuClair, the 4th ordained Lutheran pastor in Haiti. Please continue to keep the Lutheran Church of Haiti and Pr. Lauvanus in your prayers. Below, a message from Pr. Lauvanus:
“You know, God is quite good to us in spite of it all.” These are the words of Pastor Joseph Livenson Lauvanus when talking about recent events in Haiti. Even when things are looking the most desperate, we can see God’s hand. In the aftermath of the horrible destruction of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, we are forced to rely on these words even more. We need to depend on God. We need to listen to his guidance, knowing that he will lead us. So often we want to depend on our own intelligence, or determination, but truly in this case we must be patient, do what God calls us to do, and know that when CNN is gone, God will still be calling us to assist…and to pray.
God in our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult, we will not fear. – Psalm 46
On Tuesday, January 12, just after 5pm, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the southern part of the country of Haiti. The international media is reporting that conditions in the country are extremely critical and most communication and travel to and from Haiti have ceased. Please pray for the Haitian people and those on the ground in Haiti.
Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) staff and volunteers are working around the clock to assist in the processing of Haitians arriving in Florida following the devastating earthquake that struck the nation's capital on Jan. 12.
About 25,000 Haitian Americans holding dual citizenship in the United States and Haiti are expected to arrive in the next week, mostly in Florida, according to Eric Tillich, Vice President for Agency Advancement at LSF.
"People are coming here basically with nothing except maybe a backpack," said Tillich, "after losing everything in the earthquake."