An update from Matt Harrison in Haiti

January 22nd, 2010 Post by

(Editor’s Note: This is from a blog titled the ABC3S of Miscellany.) You should visit that site frequently for updates from the team in Haiti.

I have been having trouble updating my blog for the past day or two. In fact, as I was trying to update my blog a few moments ago, we had an aftershock tremor that shook the building and I lost Internet again but was able to link the account to a phone.

Very briefly we went into Haiti today to meet President Kessa. We gave him an emergency grant for $30,000 as well as a few other items like the French version of LSB.  

Six members of our assessment team accompanied President Kessa to Port-au-Prince. President Kessa asked me, Revs. Collver and Hernandez also to come to Port-au-Prince, but we declined so as to not complicate the logistics of the trip.

President Kessa expressed gratitude to the LCMS for assisting his church and for sending people on the ground.

Tomorrow we will travel to Haiti to retrieve the rest of our team and to distribute food stuffs (rice, oil, etc.) to President Kessa.

Meanwhile, the Medical Mercy Team has been warmly recieved and provided much needed assistance when the hospital was most in need. Of the 500 or so critical patients treated over the first two days, only four died at the hospital. This demonstrates the great skill of the entire volunteer hospital staff.  

The need is great, but the Lord contines to bless. I hope to update this again tomorrow.


Categories: zzz homepage DO NOT USE Tags:

Rules for comments on this site:

Engage the contents and substance of the post. Rabbit trails and side issues do not help the discussion of the topics.  Our authors work hard to write these articles and it is a disservice to them to distract from the topic at hand.  If you have a topic you think is important to have an article or discussion on, we invite you to submit a request through the "Ask a Pastor" link or submit a guest article.

Provide a valid email address. If you’re unwilling to do this, we are unwilling to let you comment.

Provide at least your first name. Please try to come up with a unique name; if you have a common name add something to it so you aren't confused with another user. We have several "john"'s already for example.  If you have a good reason to use a fake name, please do so but realize that the administrators of the site expect a valid email address and also reserve the right to ask you for your name privately at any time.

If you post as more than one person from the same IP address, we’ll block that address.

Do not engage in ad hominem arguments. We will delete such comments, and will not be obligated to respond to any complaints (public or private ones) about deleting your comments.

Interaction between people leaving comments ought to reflect Christian virtue, interaction that is gracious and respectful, not judging motives.  If error is to be rebuked, evidence of the error ought to be provided.

We reserve the right to identify and deal with trollish behavior as we see fit and without apology.  This may include warnings (public or private ones) or banning.

  1. January 22nd, 2010 at 19:38 | #1

    I don’t know if someone knows how to post this photo, but this is the URL at least:

  2. January 22nd, 2010 at 19:40 | #2

    Thanks, Norm. You must have been posting the photo as I was making my comment.

  3. January 22nd, 2010 at 19:41 | #3

    Or maybe it was Tim who posted the photo. In any case, thanks,

  4. January 22nd, 2010 at 19:45 | #4

    It was Norm.


  5. January 22nd, 2010 at 21:52 | #5

    Funny how Matt Harrison met with President Kessa, yet nary a word about this from the official news out of LCMS Inc.

    In fact, Harrison is nowhere to be found in the story. What’s up with that?

  6. Jon Townsend
    January 22nd, 2010 at 23:17 | #6

    Pr. Harrison will be your (I mean the LCMS’) next president.
    I just listened to his update on IE.

    I just can’t see how it can continue to be otherwise after your convention.


  7. Dutch
    January 23rd, 2010 at 07:47 | #7

    I say this with the utmost respect…however…I for one, at this point in time, don’t think Pastor Harrison, gives a tinker’s, if his picture, name, or his connection is listed in anything, let alone a press release, regarding his presence in Haiti.

    He went, he is there, he knows he is, and so do those who wish we could be.
    It is dangerous situation, on many a front, to be present or an “aid” worker, on the ground right now. Pastor Harrison shows great Faith, bravery, courage, and Biblical charity, love, and concern, by being there. He & his are seeing things, no human eyes should ever see. I pray for Pastor Harrison & those with him there. What they see & hear on a daily basis, will haunt & change them for all time. The lives of our brothers & sisters who dwell there, will never be the same, that is where my heart is…where is yours?

    What is it to you or me, if petty “games” choose to be played? This is no “game”, to our brothers & sisters, who wait for help, aid, water, food, or shelter…

    Is it?

  8. Dutch
    January 23rd, 2010 at 07:49 | #8

    I can’t see or make it larger…is that a jack-a-lope?

  9. January 23rd, 2010 at 10:03 | #9

    Dutch — ctl-numpad-+ makes it larger, ctl-0 returns it to the same size. (in many browsers)

  10. Nathaniel Jensen
    January 23rd, 2010 at 15:37 | #10

    @Editor #5
    Yet there was an article in the St.Louis Post-Dispatch this morning about LCMS relief in Haiti mentioning Pastor Harrison.

  11. Miles Whitener
    January 23rd, 2010 at 16:40 | #11

    @Dutch #7

    don’t think Pastor Harrison, gives a tinker’s, if his picture, name, or his connection is listed in anything

    Right, but it seems to matter, in the negative sense, to someone or ones in the hierarchy.

    And, you know, it matters in the positive sense to some of us.

  12. Miles Whitener
    January 23rd, 2010 at 17:28 | #12

    Actually, this page on the synodical site does contain a number of references to Pr. Harrison, including the IE interview. The references are all in the “submenu” at the top of the page, including:
    01-22: Haiti Earthquake – Issues, Etc. interview with Rev. Matthew Harrison
    01-22: Deaconess Rachel Mumme interviews Rev. Matthew Harrison
    01-21: Rev. Harrison provides Haiti update
    01-13: Haiti Earthquake – Issues, Etc. Interview with Rev. Matthew Harrison

  13. Jon Townsend
    January 24th, 2010 at 06:22 | #13

    That is technically the Hamtramck Rat-a-lope.

    He resides at a bar called “Whiskey in the Jar”.

  14. Dutch
    January 24th, 2010 at 08:22 | #14

    Awww….he is too cute, a rat a lope? He must be a very content rat-a-lope, considering where he resides. Thanks bunches for letting me know.

    All I can say, is I cannot imagine, what Pastor Harrison, nor ALL THOSE WHO WENT & ARE WITH HIM, are seeing or hearing. Those who traveled with him, deserve our prayers & esteem, just as Pastor Harrison does!

    I cannot imagine, what horrors, awaited them, & still do, on a daily basis. Every one, of those who chose to leave all they knew, to go to attend to our/your brothers & sisters, should be prayed for & thought of in the highest of regard. What met them & what they will see today, while you & I sit where we do, I pray you & I will NEVER know or see. It will change them forever. My heart & prayers are with them, I wish I could be there, if only…

    I, for my part, will not turn a disaster of epic proportions, into a “political issue” in this Synod. Not now, not in this. If we ever gave a penny, to LWRHC, your thoughts, prayers, heart & wallet, should be with those we sent & those we lovingly support & pray for.

    Let those, who will, make issue, I will not, nor should you.

  15. Dutch
    January 24th, 2010 at 08:32 | #15

    A new update, from Haiti, was just listed as I typed my response to you.

    How small, does political issues & names listed or not listed look now?

  16. Concerned Deaconess
    January 25th, 2010 at 11:54 | #16

    You’re right in saying that the mention of names and all kinds of not-so-churchly politics is absurd when there is so much to be done in Haiti. It’s just very sad–even petty–that our SP can’t seem to mention the names of the people who went to serve. If he can’t or won’t say, specifically and unequivocally, to pray for Rev. Hernandez, Rev. Krey, Rev. Kessa, Rev. Harrison, etc., etc. then there’s something wrong.

    Yes, politics should be pushed aside at a moment like this, and praise God they seem to be sidelined for the time being. But avoiding mention of people who have gone where God called them to offer comfort and aid on behalf of our Synod is a prideful mistake.

  17. Dutch
    January 25th, 2010 at 15:45 | #17

    Concerned Deaconess,
    In the above listed site, ABC3S of Miscellany, in many of the frequent updates, many, are mentioned. Including those we support in Haiti. What does it matter, who name is where or mentioned by whom? People like those who went, don’t really care if they are mentioned or not. It is enough for them, the people the ministered to & their Lord know.

    If they don’t care, why should you & I? Let’s just wait & see what Pastor Harrison says, once he has been debriefed & back at home. Once he has some time, to perculate, ponder, & pray over what he saw & what he saw others do. Then, will be the time for critique, now is not the “season” for such.

  18. Concerned Deaconess
    January 25th, 2010 at 17:13 | #18

    Your point is valid. I suppose I’m wishful thinking that in such times all small differences should be set aside as we lift up our brothers and sisters in prayer.

If you have problems commenting on this site, or need to change a comment after it has been posted on the site, please contact us. For help with getting your comment formatted, click here.
Subscribe to comments feed  ..  Subscribe to comments feed for this post
Anonymous comments are welcome on this board, but we do require a valid email address so the admins can verify who you are. Please try to come up with a unique name; if you have a common name add something to it so you aren't confused with another user. We have several "john"'s already for example. Email addresses are kept private on this site, and only available to the site admins. Comments posted without a valid email address may not be published. Want an icon to identify your comment? See this page to see how.

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.