First Lutheran pastor in Haiti killed

Over at Matt Harrison’s Mercy Journeys site, I learned the sad news that Pastor Doris Jean Louis had been killed:

The Psalmist wrote, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15

This morning we learned of the murder of Pastor Doris Jean Louis, the father of Lutheranism in Haiti, truly one of God’s saints. Apparently as he was entering his residence last night he was attacked by some men and brutally murdered.

There’s a video there of him explaining how he became the first Lutheran pastor in Haiti.


First Lutheran pastor in Haiti killed — 12 Comments

  1. I just watched the video. What a great loss. He seemed like a real loving, humble Lutheran pastor. I will pray for his family and loved ones. Isaiah 55:8 & 9 and Romans 8:28.

  2. Thank you Mollie, for posting this information and the video. The pastors of the ELCH have very high regard for Pastor Louis and his work in Haiti. He was instrumental in getting Pastors Isador and Thomas Bernard to the Ft. Wayne Seminary, and was considered a fine, confessional Lutheran pastor in Haiti. This video led me to other videos on Haiti; Cite Soleil is just one example of our failure as Christians to be “our brother’s keeper”. Sometimes when I tell folks of what I see in Haiti, they say, “But they are happy!”. One wonders: how can happiness come to someone who doesn’t know about Jesus Christ’s love and saving grace, who is hungry every day, who suffers from dysentery, who has lost family members to violence, and who constantly lives in fear?

  3. The righteous perish,
    and no one ponders it in his heart;
    devout men are taken away,
    and no one understands
    that the righteous are taken away
    to be spared from evil.
    Those who walk uprightly
    enter into peace;
    they find rest as they lie in death.

    (Is. 57:1-2)

  4. God be with us all in this sad time, and grant us grace as we remember a faithful servant of the Lord, with our eyes always toward heaven.

  5. May our Lord & Savior, preserve, restore, and multiply, what the world, has taken away. May those, who did this deed, come forward, plead repentence, and be given/find forgiveness, in that, be willing to conceed the penalty for this crime. May the Church, our Christ’s Church, begun in Haiti, continue and grow, from this very gift. Missionaries & Pastor’s abroad, know, in part, the threat that exists, as it was, with dear Pastor Louis. His flock, will remember, of that I have little doubt & I pray we never forget.

  6. We can add Pastor Louis to the names in the “Hall of Heroes” of Hebrews 11.

    At the risk of politicizing this, I wonder why this has been ignored by the media. At least I have not seen it.


  7. @Johannes #10
    At the risk of politicizing this, I wonder why this has been ignored by the media.
    At least I have not seen it. –Johannes

    It’s one more death in a place that is not particularly law abiding, by all accounts.
    Pastor Louis is important to us, but in Haiti he’s a member of a very small group of Christians, not the “official religion” and working among the very poor as well.

    And Haiti is “old news” to the newspeople, no doubt.
    [Would that we could say the same of John Edwards, Tiger Woods and even Leno/OBrian, all of which predated Haiti’s earthquake and all of which I did hear or read about this morning!]

  8. God’s own child, I gladly say it:
    I am baptized into Christ!
    He, because I could not pay it,
    Gave my full redemption price.
    Do I need earth’s treasures many?
    I have one worth more than any.
    That brought me salvation free
    Lasting to eternity!

    There is nothing worth comparing
    To this lifelong comfort sure!
    Open eyed my grave is staring:
    Even there I’ll sleep secure.
    Though my flesh awaits its raising,
    Still my soul continues praising:
    I am baptized into Christ:
    I’m a child of paradise!

    LSB #594, v 1 & 5

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