Helping Haiti

The Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod is doing good work in Haiti that is attracting attention.  This from WORLD MAGAZINE:

The LCMS has been in Haiti since the quake, providing for the immediate needs of the survivors: food, water, medical supplies and temporary shelter. They realize, however, that they were not doing enough to help with the sense of hopelessness in the people. After speaking with the Rev. Marky Kessa, president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti, the organization leaders realized that the best way to help rebuild the survivors’ lives was to build permanent houses.

So with the help of the local church, the LCMS initiated its “Building Homes and Hope in Haiti” project by acquiring enough land to build three villages. Because of the confusion within the Haitian government, the group was unable to receive land grants, so the LCMS instead bought the land from its previous owners. The organization plans on building 300 houses, an orphanage, a school, a chapel, and a medical clinic in each of these villages.

In early April, a group of volunteers from Ohio and Missouri went to Haiti to build three model homes—one with a single room, a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom—to give the people in Haiti a chance to see what the houses will look like and to encourage donors at home to support the project.

The building process, which began this week, will take a three-pronged approach. First, local professional contractors will be hired to plan and direct the building, which will also help create jobs for local Haitians. Then there will be a call for volunteers from within the community. Finally, volunteers from the United States will be brought in to help build.

“The local people are really involved in their country and their lives,” Merritt said. “They don’t want mercy organizations coming in and taking over everything, they want a say in what happens, and are more than willing to volunteer and assist.”

via WORLD Magazine | Homes and hope | Angela Lu | May 20, 10.

This is the work of LCMS World Relief and Human Care.  The leader of this effort and the designer of this kind of effective ministry is not mentioned in the article, but it’s Rev. Matt Harrison.

HT: Mollie Hemingway

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Brenda

    Our church is currently supporting a Haitian pastor whom our pastor met while at Seminary. Rev.Daniel Paul has a congregation, an orphanage, and a school. They are in northeast Haiti, and thankfully, were not harmed by the earthquake, but because Pr Paul has a working vehicle, he was able to take goods safely to the Port au Prince area. You can find out more about this effort at http://www.nehlm.org

  • Brenda

    Our church is currently supporting a Haitian pastor whom our pastor met while at Seminary. Rev.Daniel Paul has a congregation, an orphanage, and a school. They are in northeast Haiti, and thankfully, were not harmed by the earthquake, but because Pr Paul has a working vehicle, he was able to take goods safely to the Port au Prince area. You can find out more about this effort at http://www.nehlm.org

  • Brenda

    I meant to commend the efforts of the builders…this is the beginning of the rainy season…I hope they are getting that going right away.

  • Brenda

    I meant to commend the efforts of the builders…this is the beginning of the rainy season…I hope they are getting that going right away.

  • Norman

    Sounds like a good reason to keep Harrison away from the LCMS presidency….no? Let him do his work where he’s called to do it. It’s all about vocation, lads.

  • Norman

    Sounds like a good reason to keep Harrison away from the LCMS presidency….no? Let him do his work where he’s called to do it. It’s all about vocation, lads.

  • sg

    I see Harrison has the most nominations. What is your opinion of him? Why is he so popular? Is it just his visibility to those who nominate?

  • sg

    I see Harrison has the most nominations. What is your opinion of him? Why is he so popular? Is it just his visibility to those who nominate?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Matt Harrison is confessional, conservative, mission-minded, great at social ministry AND an excellent administrator, a true theologian, extremely pastoral, and a visionary leader.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Matt Harrison is confessional, conservative, mission-minded, great at social ministry AND an excellent administrator, a true theologian, extremely pastoral, and a visionary leader.


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