Continuing with the Haiti Mission, St. Marcus church and school will be collecting medical supplies to send down there in August. School supplies, and financial help has already been sent, and when we heard that they needed the simple medical supplies used daily, we jumped at the chance to be the ones to provide. More information will be coming, so stay tuned. If there are any questions or you want to contribute right now, contact Pastor Paul (email@example.com) or Christine Safranek (414-267-8361).
St. Marcus school is continuously sending its blessings and prayers to the people of Haiti. Each week the chapel offerings will be used to give food, water and God's word to the people of Haiti.
Below are resources and information regarding the Haiti and the impact we pray we can make.
Click HERE for a many page PDF coloring book of Haitian culture.
Helve Robert -- the future pastor we are helping to train.
Helve Robert was born in Cabo-Haitiano, Haiti on March 13, 1972. After studying Communication in school, he worked for a while at a radio station and also taught French Grammar and Speech at an elementary school in Haiti for two years. Helve then decided to change professions and spent four years in medical school. In 2006, however, before finishing medical school, he decided to change again, this time deciding to study in our Lutheran seminary here in the DR in preparation for serving as a pastor some day back in Haiti.
Although Helve was baptized in the Roman Catholic church as a child, he grew up in the Baptist church. It was in early 2005 that one of his fellow medical students--a friend of Rona Abraham who was pastor of the Haitian congregation and studying in our seminary--invited him to attend a Sunday service. Soon thereafter he grew in his faith and understanding of the Gospel through a Bible Information Class. He was convinced we were teaching the truth and joined the Haitian congregation.
Helve is an active member of the congregation and studied in our Bible Institute, desiring to serve more. He graduated from the B.I. in Feb 2006 and has been studying in our seminary ever since.
Helve was married, but sadly his wife abandoned him and their infant daughter Ester shortly after Ester was born. We ask for your prayers that the Lord give Helve the wisdom and strength he needs to fulfill his duties as a single father and seminary student.
We praise the Lord for giving Helve as a gift to his church and pray that he bless Helve's family and ministry.
Basic Slideshow of Haitian History
Starving people resort to eating dirt to feel full.
A fuller history of Haiti and its difficult struggles.
There are slaves again in Haiti due to poverty.
Christianity is in Haiti, but voodoo is still alive.
A tour of a Haitian orphanage