An update from Matt Harrison in Haiti

(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.


About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


An update from Matt Harrison in Haiti — 18 Comments

  1. 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.


  2. Editor,
    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?

  3. @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.

  4. 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

  5. Dutch:
    That is technically the Hamtramck Rat-a-lope.

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

  6. Jon,
    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.

  7. Miles,
    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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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