(tickets are free will donation at the door, we just need them for counting purposes)
Working with St. Mark Lutheran Church in Chesterland OH, (where Ministry In Mission has its roots), and Harp Ministry in Caldwell OH (HARP). Jackie Rychel, President of Ministry In Mission, organized relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.
Jackie contacted Rev. Terry Cripe, President of the Ohio District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Rev. Cripe suggested contacting Mary Bates from Harp Ministry. Mary had already mobilized delivery trucks to deliver relief supplies to the Houston Texas area and was on her way there herself and coordinating distribution with Disaster Response of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod . Mary suggested donations of cleaning supplies, pet food and diapers.
St. Mark members, were notified by email and immediately started bringing donations to St. Mark. Barb Nicholson, a St. Mark member had pallets of emergency freeze dried food at home that she donated to the effort.
Members of St. Mark loaded “Prayer Force One ,” the church bus with all the supplies and on Wednesday Sept. 5, delivered the supplies to HARP where it will be sent by semi-truck to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and possibly Hurricane Irma as it bears down on the United States. In addition to the supplies, Ministry In Mission made a monetary donation to Harp Missions. Thanks to all who donated there time, money labor and prayers to the relief effort.
A Message from Jackie Rychel, President of Ministry In Mission:
Reverend, Dr Ross Johnson, director of Disaster Response has asked me to reach out to my contacts and ask you to encourage donations for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Having served with Rev Johnson in Haiti for Hurricane Mathew I can tell you LCMS does a great job assessing the disaster, responding quickly and stabilizing the Churches and their pastors to be able to better serve their communities.
Please consider a door offering at your church in the coming weeks and/or add this information to you bulletins, social media pages and newsletters. Below is verbiage we are using in our releases to bring awareness to those that may want to give but need more information or the channel to donate.
LCMS World Relief and Human Care, through LCMS Disaster Response, is coordinating with Texas District Disaster Response to launch a significant and sustained relief effort in response to Hurricane Harvey.
LCMS Disaster Response teams will deploy as soon as emergency officials allow them to enter the disaster zone.
Please consider donating to the LCMS Disaster Response. ALL donations will be used specifically to restore numerous lives as we bear Christ’s mercy in word and deed to Hurricane Harvey victims.
To follow the most recent developments a new website has been established. https://www.lcms.org/harvey
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The Center for Refuge Orphanage, sponsored by Ministry In Mission , has a new well thanks to a grant from the Lutheran Womens League (LWML) Northern Wisconsin District
During a trip to Haiti, in the first part of May,2017, Jackie Rychel of Ministry In Mission (MNM), Rev. Ross Johnson of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Rev. Paul Toulotte, Southern District President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH), met with Water for Life in Les Cayes, Haiti. Water for Life is an awesome organization whose headquarters are in Kalona IA. They provide well drilling throughout Haiti LCMS Disaster Response used their services to drill many wells after Hurricane Matthew.
The LWML Northern Wisconsin District grant provided enough money for two wells. Rev. Marky Kessa Southeast District President of the ELCH and also Mayor of Jacmel Haiti designated the second site in the Jacmel Haiti area that was in need of clean water.
The pictures below were taken during the May 2017 meeting with Water for Life where MNM contracted for the well to be placed at the Center for Refuge Orphanage. The actual well digging photos were sent to MNM by Roussemie Lucien, the administrator of the orphanage.
We are still in need of monthly funds to provide enough food for for the orphans at the Center of Refuge, click below to help
Last week Ministry In Mission (MNM) met in Haiti with Rev. Ross Johnson, Director of Disaster Response of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod(LCMS). The purpose of the trip was to assess the work currently being done in relief of the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew last October.
The first phase which was completed in Feb 2017 was to put roofs on the local Pastor’s homes. This allowed them to take care of their congregations and not be concerned about their personal situation.
The current phase is the construction of roofs on local churches. The “Mother” church, The First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Les Cayes, Haiti sustained substantial damage, the large roof was completely torn off and the sanctuary of the church sustained water damage.
Along with several congregations in the United States, LCMS Disaster Response contributed funds to restore the church. The work is being coordinated by Rev. Paul Touloute, Southern District President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti (ELCH). The metal trusses were in place and the custom ordered sheet metal was delivered the day we arrived Construction workers started the process of placing the metal on the trusses.
The reconstruction the roof on church in Carrefourre Duclo, Haiti was complete. Meeting with the Pastor of the church Rev. Jean Claude Versaillot was eye opening. Pastor Jean has been at this church for 19 years. He related to us how he and Pastor Israel Isidor had to combat the forces of Voodoo when they established this church.
a number of other churches are in various stages of reconstruction.
Many thanks to Jeni Zeller a missionary from the Iowa West District,of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. She was a team member for their Feb. 2017 Trip. Jeni, a video professional, prepared this excellent summary of their awesome service to the the people of Haiti.
Ministry In Mission has been raising money to feed the orphans at the Center of Refuge Orphanage in Jacmel Haiti by bringing art from the Artisans at Croix Des Bouquets , Haiti and selling it at church boutiques during the Christmas holidays. We have opened an online store to help this effort year round. Our first item to sell is a “He Is Risen” metal cross.
see video below that gives the background on Croix De Bouquets
In February a team from the Iowa West District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, (LCMS) traveled to Jacmel, Haiti to do mission work. Larry and Cheryl Olofson had a special mission, since they are responsible for the student sponsor program in Jacmel and Beaudouin Haiti for Iowa West. Along with their team members, and Haitian translators they interviewed and photographed well over 100 Haitian students that are or will be partially sponsored for school by U.S. donors.
The team did a ton of work being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. They painted and secured the gates and did carpentry work at the Center of Refuge Orphanage. They purchased rice,beans, corn, oil, dried fish and visited the needy elderly and prayed with them. Feeding over 100 kids on Valentines day at a special event at the at the La Chandelier Restaurant. Brought and distributed clothes, hygiene supplies, over the counter medicine . Hugged orphans, Hugged the Elderly and worshiped and helped distributed food at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jacmel Haiti.
Learning about the culture is also part of mission trips. The team had the opportunity to view the beginning week of the Carnival Festival, walk the streets of Jacmel and see the beautiful beachfront in Jacmel.
Short Video – Praying at an Elder Care Visit
On February 5, 2017, Rev. Ross Johnson, Director of Disaster Response for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), Rev. Jacob Deal from Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Sharon PA, Rev. Paul Toulotte, Southern District President for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Haiti, his wife Jeannie Toulotte and Jackie and Mark Rychel from Ministry In Mission headed to Jeremy Haiti to see the recovery efforts that have been financed by the LCMS.
Before heading to Jeremy the team visited 3 wells recently dug by Water for Life as part of the relief effort. Seven more wells are to be dug, some in very remote areas. Special thanks to Jeff and Kim Nyquist from St. Peter Lutheran Church in Schaumburg IL for leading that effort and the LCMS for funding it. It was so special to stand there and watch people come to the well for fresh water.
Traveling to Jeremy and beyond was difficult by four wheel drive with very rough or no dedicated roads but so worth it.Tuesday we left Jeremy at 7am and returned at 9 pm. We met with many Pastors in the mountains of Haiti, viewed their new roofs that the LCMS had paid for and assessed the damage to their churches as part of the next wave of relief. We also brought as much Rice, Beans Pasta an oil as we could carry to help these people whose crops were wiped out by the Hurricane. We also prayed and had short devotions with the Pastors.
At the end of the trip we had a meeting with 10 Pastors, some drove two and a half hours by motor cycle to meet with us. We listened to their concerns and needs. Their main concern was not physical but spiritual. They wanted more biblical training so that they could serve their congregations better.
Below is a video clip of part of one of the short devotions in the mountains