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Haiti to Hanover

posted Apr 30, 2013, 9:46 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]
Yes, it is true Haiti was present at our worship services this past Sunday.

In some way this has to be viewed as a miracle. At least it is a dream of many from our church family which came true. Pastor Widelson preached and shared his heart with such a gentle, loving spirit. When you start a message by saying,” I love you, we all love you”, it is heartwarming. Coincidentally, the gospel for our worship service included the great commandment.

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13: 34-35)

Truly, the St. Paul’s family has taken this commandment seriously. The whole mission to Haiti is about loving our brothers and sisters in a courageous way.

In October 1998, Bonnie Kueng led a medical mission to Haiti. During this trip the group met Pastor Widelson and his family. He was left with 21 Orphans after someone who initially helped start the orphanage returned to the United States. Pastor Widelson had 4 children of his own and all of them lived in his home.

After retiring Bonnie and Dennis Kueng relocated to Albertville and joined St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The orphanage continued to grow in numbers which at present time has 35 orphans. Support from St. Paul’s started at $300 and is now $1500/mo.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is committed to helping this orphanage. In March of 2012 a presentation of mission moments was shared with the congregation and someone offered to donate a bus. Two days later this bus was given to us. In 5 months’ time a total of $15,000 was donated for repairs, buy new tires and transport the bus to Haiti. The congregation filled the bus to the roof and it is now in the possession of the Apostolic Orphanage. This is truly another miracle which has happened in our mission to Haiti.

Children who otherwise would be left for dead are given a sanctuary in which to live and flourish. Donations for this mission have helped to purchase bunk beds, refrigerator, clothes, food, and medical care. Donations have also been used to start a church for these children and others. Pastor Widelson and his wife are wonderful, loving, caregivers for all the children in their charge. These children are afforded the opportunity to go to school and grow up in the church. Many of our members have made special donations to further the education of the children as they grow older.

With the help from St. Paul’s many of these children have graduated and gone on to school for trades to be able to find work and earn an income. Thank you St. Paul’s church family for the continued support of this vital mission for God’s children in Haiti.

God Bless You One and All,

“They All Love You”

Pastor Gorden