Truly important.

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31 

The children attending Lutheran schools in Haiti are in His Word daily and are being prepared to go and share the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Haiti who are foolishly clinging to the lies of the vodou priest.  When you look at the attached photo of a ‘Bib La’ resting on a pew in the Central Plateau in Haiti it is important for you to know that an estimated sixty percent of the people living in Haiti cannot read or write.  On one of my visits to the Central Plateau I saw a large collection of new Lutheran Catechism’s in a card board box that had been translated into Haitian Creole by the Rev. Dr. Doris Louis.  I asked why the Catechism’s were in the box and not in the hands of the lay Pastors in the countryside, the reply was that the Lay Pastors could not read them; the Pastors could read French, but not Creole as that language had been taught audibly. 

It is truly important for you to understand just how valuable your support is to Trinity/HOPE as over 24,000 children in these schools are learning to read and write; their impact upon the country of Haiti in the coming decades will truly be monumental.  These children in Haiti will be the Pastors, teachers and missionaries who will share His Word with the country as their gifts of literacy will impact so many for Him.  Their witness will impact so many more than the witness of the present Pastors and teachers.  The hymn ‘Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word’ was written by Martin Luther in 1541 and those words are still applicable today and close this message. 

“Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word; curb those who fain by craft and sword would wrest the Kingdom from Thy Son and set at naught all He hath done.  Lord Jesus Christ, Thy power make known, for Thou art Lord of lords alone; defend Thy Christendom that we may evermore sing praise to Thee.  O Comforter of priceless worth.  Send peace and unity on earth.  Support us in our final strife and lead us out of death to life.” 

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen.  

May God be with you…Jay