More information on Haiti relief efforts

In the YouTube video that is on the front page of the site, President Kieschnick mentioned that he himself had hoped to go to Haiti but it was too dangerous for him to go.

President Kieschnick had hoped to join the LCMS World Relief and Human Care team on its trip but has postponed his trip. What’s not apparent from the video, but I’m sure you’ll want to know, is that the LCMS World Relief and Human Care team (the “other people” mentioned in the video) is still headed to Haiti. President Kieschnick is right in noting that it’s dangerous there. Let’s all pray for the safety of LCMS World Relief and Human Care executive director Matt Harrison as well as Matt’s team on the ground as they work to help our fellow Lutherans in Haiti as well as everyone else in need of mercy. And we pray that conditions may improve there so that President Kieschnick may go and visit as well.

While people in Synod may disagree on many things, we all can be thankful for the work of our World Relief and Human Care board. USA Today mentions the LCMS mercy arm here.

As always, you can contribute funds to LCMS World Relief and Human Care early and often at this link.


More information on Haiti relief efforts — 18 Comments

  1. Not entirely unrelated…

    I’ve put together the following Psalm setting for this Sunday’s service to keep the people of Haiti in the minds of our members.

    As you’ll see in the explanation on the 2nd page, the “Refrain” is actually transcribed from audio of an elderly Haitian woman who was found sitting under a tree somewhere in Port-au-Prince sometime in the past week. She was apparently repeating this musical phrase as she was sitting there and was recorded by a reporter for NPR.

    I was mesmerized by both the simplicity of the tune and the enormity of the situation and have been humming it to myself since I first heard it.

    It’s amazing that even in the midst of such destruction, this old woman, who was probably terribly hungry and thirsty, could still sing “Alleluia Amen”. What a testimony to the faith bestowed by our gracious Lord and God!

    This version is set alongside the appointed Psalm in the LSB 3 year lectionary for this Sunday (Psalm 19:7-14). However, feel free to use it in any way you see fit. I have licensed the transcription under Creative Commons – Non-Commercial – Share alike.

  2. I am proud of my grandson Jake Fiene for having the courage to tgravel to the Dominican Republic to help the people of Hati. I also respect Matt Harrison of LCMS World Relief and Human Care for travelling to Haiti and I am thankful for his work there. I pray that both will return safely.

  3. [snarky on] What will the team do without a leader? [snarky off]

    Lord, have mercy. I’m certainly thankful for the WR-HC team and pleased that they are a standing part of the LCMS.

  4. Seriously, any person who cannot help with medical care or some other necessity would do better to stay here and let his weight in water be loaded in “his” place. Safe water is needed.

    A “human care” team is logical; someone has to coordinate our response with the partner church. Junketing officials are not useful and they take up the time of people who have no time to entertain them.

    Jerry toured the Galveston area after a hurricane, which provided some photo ops for him. IMO, it would have been more helpful if he had donated the cost of his plane fare and expenses to an lcms congregation there whose church and homes had been severely damaged.

  5. I’m reminded of the story of Luther in Wittenberg during a big plague scare. the university closed, students scattered, town folk who could left. Luther stayed to care for the dying. “Lord give us men who will not shirk their calling, who like shepherds of old threw themselves into the lions mouth to save others.”

  6. IRT Carol: I wonder if the Lord of the church could provide us with another leader if the two leading candidates for SP fell to the dangers presented in Haiti? Well, I really don’t wonder about that – we both already know the answer. I just wonder about our leadership.

  7. @Helen #6

    BWHAHAHAHA!!1! Are either Harrison and/or Kieschnick the sort of gentlemen to enjoy the Marriott?

    Last time I was in one was when I attended a Kiwanis-related convention for college students. Several of us from CUI went to the Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. One of us needed to finish her religion homework and when she opened a drawer, she found Marriott’s biography and a Book of Mormon.

  8. Straying off-topic, but when I stay in a Marriott-owned inn, I write the website addresses of ministries that address the heresies and abuses of the LDS right in the Book of Mormon.

  9. Re: Water

    We took three water filter systems with us to Cap Haitien, Haiti some years ago, and now just take replacement filters whenever we go on our annual trips. They are from Tealbrook, Inc, and look like a white 3-gal pail on top of a 5-gal pail. Not terribly expensive (under $200, I believe) and have served us well. We pour shallow -well water in the top pail and it goes through filters (including a 1 micron filter) into the bottom pail which has a spigot. Using that system, none of us has ever gotten sick from the water, Also, wonder if anyone is enlisting deep-well drillers for new wells.

  10. Still on the water filter: Pastor Bernard and his family continue using that filter the rest of the time when we are not there. Has anyone heard if there are wells in the Port au Prince area that are still good?

  11. Too dangerous for Kieschnick to go to Haiti?

    During the January thaw about 12 years ago, water was streaming into my office on the second floor. Papers were getting soaked. Books were being ruined. It was being caused by ice clogging the gutter two stories up. Something had to be done.

    Soon after this discovery had been made, I cautiously climbed onto the roof and made my way over to the side of the building where my office was located. There I found the senior pastor, four stories up, sitting on the parapet with one leg over the side, kicking away at the ice-jammed gutter. That pastor was the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison.

    I had the privilege of serving with Pastor Harrison for several years in a neighborhood that wasn’t very safe. Perhaps he had gotten such a work ethic from his upbringing in rural Iowa. Perhaps he gained it from braving previous winters in northern Canada working with the Lutheran Association of Missionary Pilots (LAMP).

    Whatever the case may be, it is no doubt the same attitude towards pastoral leadership which moved him to deliver aid personally to Haitians at a time when our synodical president deemed it too dangerous to go himself as was published in the synod’s official news media, The Reporter.

    I suppose I shouldn’t fault Dr. Kieschnick. I wasn’t prepared to approach the edge of the roof on that wintry day any more than he appears ready to go to Haiti. But I do want to commend Pastor Harrison for representing us personally to the Haitians with pastoral care and much-needed aid.

  12. I am no fan of President Kieschnick, BUT…

    This whole line of comments is based an inaccurate description of Pres. Kieschnick’s reason for not going to Haiti. He did not say it was “too dangerous” to go. He said the situation was very “chaotic”. I listened to the video, twice. How many times did the commentors listen before comparing Pres. Kieschnick to Matt Harrison?

    I think President Kieschnick made a good decision in not going, and it is being used against him for political reasons. For him to go would have been “disaster tourism” and he realized he would have gotten in the way of those best able to bring relief. That’s how I understood his comments, as I think he intended them.

    I wonder if some people might want to take back some of their comments in this matter.

  13. I think instead of trying to make the earthquake in Haiti a political debate we should spend our time praying for our brothers and sisters in Haiti and the Lutheran Church of Haiti as people are suffering in ways we cannot imagine. People have still yet to communicate with all their family members to see if they are alive along with just finding the simple necessities of life especially now as the border becomes increasingly more dangerous.

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