It’s not often these days that you see unbridled enthusiasm for mission and ministry that seems to be part of a pastor’s persona 24/7. But that’s what we witnessed in the presence of Pastor Levinson, head of the Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti. He is in his 20’s, educated at seminaries in Jamaica and Wartburg in Iowa.
This is a young and struggling church. There are twelve churches and four pastors – a familiar situation for many North American Lutherans. The church receives generous support from the ELCA and hopes to become a member of the Lutheran World Federation.
We visited one of the churches located in Carrefour. The devastation surrounding the church was unbelievable. There were many demolished homes and small tent camps and people living in homes barely habitable. But the church, a simple plywood and 2X4 structure is very important to the community. It provides a water supply, latrines and a feeding program. It is a place for local gatherings and a school as well as worship space.
What this small Lutheran community can teach us in Canada is enormous. This church was planted exactly where it needed to be – in the middle of people who needed to hear the caring words of Christ and see them translated into mission by the willing hands of this church.
The children were so happy and excited to see us and be with us. They were not begging for money or food, the only thing they asked was, “please send us a ball.” They needed something to play with and enjoy. CLWR is going to make sure they have that ball.
— posted by Tom Brook