Jackie Rychel, President of Ministry In Mission, was granted the opportunity to speak to the entire national convention of the LWML, over 3000 attendees, in Mobile, Alabama during the weekend of June 22, 2019. Jackie thanked the LWML membership for the $100,000 grant that was granted at the 2017 convention, to construct the Jacmel Lutheran Home, an elder care home in Jacmel, Haiti. Jackie also gave a presentation, showing photographs of the construction, training of the Haitian elder care staff, and moving in of the residents. She also thanked all the missionaries who helped, prayed and donated to the elder care home. In particular the missionary team from Lutheran Family Service of Iowa for their partnership in evaluating prospective residents, staff training and their physical help in moving the new residents into the home.
Jackie also gave a more detailed presentation on the entire scope of Ministry In Mission’s efforts at a luncheon on Saturday, June, 22.
Below are photographs of the weekend including the ladies wearing “Kentucky Derby” hats to promote the next invention in 2021 in Lexington Kentucky.
JUNE 20-23 2019
It is amazing to see God work in the lives of the residents of the Jacmel Lutheran home. The five ladies and two men are experiencing a quality of life that they could not have imagined as they laid on the floors of the dark buildings, where they previously lived, with very little hope.
The residents celebrated mothers day at an intergenerational party with the children from the orphanage next door. They all are having a vibrant spiritual life, that includes daily devotions and church on Sunday. One man is learning to walk again with a walker, after not being able to stand on his feet. All are enjoying regular meals, and being served by people that care and love them as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Ministry In Mission is grateful for all your continuing prayers and financial support.
As the Lutheran Women in Mission, (LWML) meet in convention this week, they will hear about how God has allowed us to use their mites for the construction of “The Jacmel Lutheran Home” to advance the kingdom of Jesus Christ.
Following are pictures from the mothers day party and a short video of a man rising and walking.
January 14, 2019, the Jacmel Lutheran Home accepted its’s first residents! A professional team from the Perry Lutheran Home and Lutheran Family Service of Iowa, helped Ministry In Mission evaluate, transport and provide the initial care to the first 5 residents .
Melissa Gannon, LPN, B.S. from Perry Lutheran Home along with Junior Laurent from Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Haitians Emmanual Michel , Rev. Eda and Widline Dubreuze, Director of the Jacmel Lutheran Home, formed the team that interviewed, assessed and moved the new residents to the Jacmel Lutheran Home.
The residents were transported to the Jacmel Lutheran Home on a mattress in the back of a pick-up truck . Upon arriving, Deb Koelln, RN, CDP and Kelly Moore, RN bathed the new residents, assisted them in getting dressed in new clothes donated to Ministry In Mission. The new residents were examined by Dr. Accul Pierre-Louis, staff doctor at the Jacmel Lutheran Home. Blood work was ordered and medication prescribed based on the doctor’s recommendation.
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On Saturday Nov. 10 and Sunday afternoon Nov. 11 , the members of a Ministry In Mission team and members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes held a soccer clinic at the Jacmel Haiti municipal sports complex, featuring a full size turf soccer field.
The Director of Sports for the city assembled over 170 athletes, to enhance their soccer skills and they also heard Pastor (Coach) Tony Boos from, Faith Lutheran Church in Troy Michigan and Vladimir from Fellowship of Christian Athletes Haiti talk about THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST.
Many thanks to the city of Jacmel, Pastor Mayor Marky Kessa for arranging the use of the stadium, Sydney Kessa for preparing the food to feed the athletes, Pastor George from Jacmel, Rudy, with the “Faith Troy” team, Ronald and Adrain from Fellowship of Christian Athletes for their expertise in helping run the soccer clinic.
The Haitian workers are busy finishing the Jacmel Lutheran Home for elderly Haitians. Teams from the U.S. are coming to Jacmel in Nov. , Dec., and Jan. to work side by side the Haitians to get the home ready for future residents.
The interior furnishings have arrived in Haiti! Pastor Marky Kessa, Sydney Kessa from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti and Jackie and Mark Rychel from Ministry In Mission were on the docks at the Port of port au Prince on Sept. 19. watching customs inspect the sea container as it was unloaded and reloaded to itemize the contents for customs purposes.
Special thanks to Medwish in Cleveland Ohio and Orphan Grain Train for their roles in getting the sea container to Haiti and The Lutheran Womens Missionary League (LWML) whose grant has made all this possible. The container will be trucked to Jacmel as soon as next week and placed in the compound that includes the Jacmel Lutheran Home and Center of Refuge Orphanage.
It takes a long time to recover from a Hurricane, especially in Haiti, where construction resources are at a premium. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) continues to stand by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH) by providing funds, through Ministry In Mission for the construction and reconstruction of churches in areas where Hurricanes destroyed many churches.
Rev. Jacob Deal, Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Sharon PA, has been doing ministry in Haiti since he was a teenager. Pastor Jacob, has worked with Rev. Ross Johnson, Director of Disaster Relief for the LCMS, Rev. Paul Toulotte, District President of the ELCH and Ministry Mission over the last year and one half. Pastor Jacob is following up on the rebuilding of Haitian Pastor’s roofs and homes and the continuing rebuilding and construction of Haitian Churches in the Sud and Grande Anse Districts of Haiti.
Last week Pastor Jacob, travelled to Haiti to follow up and co-ordinate the continuing reconstruction. Pastor Jacob not only follows up on the construction but provides spiritual counseling for Haitian Pastors. Having a representative of the LCMS provides encouragement to these Pastors.
Here are pictures taken by Pastor Jacob last week, as he travelled by motorcycle, showing work being done in Berlotte, Polite,and Sejourne Haiti.