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ELCA sends representatives to assembly of the Haitian Lutheran Church

A group of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Global Mission staff and members of the ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod are attending the assembly of Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti (Lutheran Church in Haiti or ELH) in Port-au-Prince which ends in early September. The group is exploring continued opportunities for joint mission and ministry between the ELCA and ELH.

Pat Hansen, co-chair of the ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod’s Haiti task force, said the synod shares a “deep and rich” relationship with the ELH.

Hansen said there has been “much disillusion” about the earthquake recovery progress in Haiti. She said that with the oil spill in the U.S. Gulf Coast “much attention has been drawn from Haiti’s problems to those here at home.”

As a tangible part of its on-going commitment, the ELCA will contribute $541,493 to the ELH. Haitian families sought refuge at several of the church body’s 12 locations after the earthquake. The objective of the ELH is to ensure that survivors have access to shelter, food, water, sanitation, and other materials and services needed for daily living, safety, and security. The ELH provided food to 6,000 people.

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