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Reaching out to help Haiti

  • Pastor Daniel Paul (center) laughs as he talks with Jeff Eneboe (left) of Bonney Lake, and Mark McNiel of Snohomish, April 29 at the Zion Lutheran Sch...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Daniel Paul (center) laughs as he talks with Jeff Eneboe (left) of Bonney Lake, and Mark McNiel of Snohomish, April 29 at the Zion Lutheran School in Lake Stevens. Paul is visiting from Haiti, where he lives and runs an orphanage, and was visiting the congregation of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church, which supports the orphanage.

  • Sarah Weiser / The Herald
Pastor Daniel Paul talks with Cheryl Jamieson, of Lake Stevens, on Sunday at the Zion Lutheran School in Lake Stevens. Paul ...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald Pastor Daniel Paul talks with Cheryl Jamieson, of Lake Stevens, on Sunday at the Zion Lutheran School in Lake Stevens. Paul is visiting from Haiti, where he lives and runs an orphanage, and was visiting the congregation of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church, which supports the orphanage. Many in the congregation, including Jamieson, have been to Haiti to volunteer with Paul.

  • Sarah Weiser / The Herald
Pat Bjerkan, of Snohomish, listens as Pastor Daniel Paul, of Haiti, and Emily Bartelheimer, a missionary nurse working with ...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald Pat Bjerkan, of Snohomish, listens as Pastor Daniel Paul, of Haiti, and Emily Bartelheimer, a missionary nurse working with Paul in Haiti, talk about The House of the Lambs of God Orphanage in Haiti on Sunday at the Zion Lutheran School in Lake Stevens. Paul was visiting the congregation of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church, which supports the orphanage.

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Members of the congregation of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church watch a slideshow of photographs of the House of the Lambs of...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald Members of the congregation of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church watch a slideshow of photographs of the House of the Lambs of God Orphanage, located in Haiti, on Sunday at the Zion Lutheran School in Lake Stevens. Pastor Daniel Paul was visiting the congregation, which supports the orphanage.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
Pastor Daniel Paul and his wife, Clynie, with some of the 52 orphans from the compound in Ouanaminthe, Haiti.

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer Pastor Daniel Paul and his wife, Clynie, with some of the 52 orphans from the compound in Ouanaminthe, Haiti.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
Pastor Daniel Paul plants coconut trees in the garden with orphans in the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanami...

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer Pastor Daniel Paul plants coconut trees in the garden with orphans in the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. The girls assist with the harvesting and planting of crops so they have good understanding of farming practices.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
Orphans of the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, look for cherries in the compound gardens.

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer Orphans of the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, look for cherries in the compound gardens.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
Students at a school that Pastor Daniel Paul began in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, get ready to eat lunch. The school provide...

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer Students at a school that Pastor Daniel Paul began in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, get ready to eat lunch. The school provides a hot meal to over 150 children every day.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
The House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, is located on a property that includes a church, school a...

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer The House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, is located on a property that includes a church, school and gardens.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
Orphans of the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, look for cherries in the compound gardens.

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer Orphans of the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, look for cherries in the compound gardens.

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  • Pastor Daniel Paul (center) laughs as he talks with Jeff Eneboe (left) of Bonney Lake, and Mark McNiel of Snohomish, April 29 at the Zion Lutheran Sch...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald

    Pastor Daniel Paul (center) laughs as he talks with Jeff Eneboe (left) of Bonney Lake, and Mark McNiel of Snohomish, April 29 at the Zion Lutheran School in Lake Stevens. Paul is visiting from Haiti, where he lives and runs an orphanage, and was visiting the congregation of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church, which supports the orphanage.

  • Sarah Weiser / The Herald
Pastor Daniel Paul talks with Cheryl Jamieson, of Lake Stevens, on Sunday at the Zion Lutheran School in Lake Stevens. Paul ...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald Pastor Daniel Paul talks with Cheryl Jamieson, of Lake Stevens, on Sunday at the Zion Lutheran School in Lake Stevens. Paul is visiting from Haiti, where he lives and runs an orphanage, and was visiting the congregation of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church, which supports the orphanage. Many in the congregation, including Jamieson, have been to Haiti to volunteer with Paul.

  • Sarah Weiser / The Herald
Pat Bjerkan, of Snohomish, listens as Pastor Daniel Paul, of Haiti, and Emily Bartelheimer, a missionary nurse working with ...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald Pat Bjerkan, of Snohomish, listens as Pastor Daniel Paul, of Haiti, and Emily Bartelheimer, a missionary nurse working with Paul in Haiti, talk about The House of the Lambs of God Orphanage in Haiti on Sunday at the Zion Lutheran School in Lake Stevens. Paul was visiting the congregation of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church, which supports the orphanage.

  • Sarah Weiser / The Herald
Members of the congregation of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church watch a slideshow of photographs of the House of the Lambs of...

    Sarah Weiser / The Herald Members of the congregation of the Lamb of God Lutheran Church watch a slideshow of photographs of the House of the Lambs of God Orphanage, located in Haiti, on Sunday at the Zion Lutheran School in Lake Stevens. Pastor Daniel Paul was visiting the congregation, which supports the orphanage.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
Pastor Daniel Paul and his wife, Clynie, with some of the 52 orphans from the compound in Ouanaminthe, Haiti.

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer Pastor Daniel Paul and his wife, Clynie, with some of the 52 orphans from the compound in Ouanaminthe, Haiti.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
Pastor Daniel Paul plants coconut trees in the garden with orphans in the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanami...

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer Pastor Daniel Paul plants coconut trees in the garden with orphans in the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. The girls assist with the harvesting and planting of crops so they have good understanding of farming practices.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
Orphans of the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, look for cherries in the compound gardens.

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer Orphans of the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, look for cherries in the compound gardens.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
Students at a school that Pastor Daniel Paul began in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, get ready to eat lunch. The school provide...

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer Students at a school that Pastor Daniel Paul began in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, get ready to eat lunch. The school provides a hot meal to over 150 children every day.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
The House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, is located on a property that includes a church, school a...

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer The House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, is located on a property that includes a church, school and gardens.

  • Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer
Orphans of the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, look for cherries in the compound gardens.

    Photo courtesy Emily Bartelheimer Orphans of the House of Lambs of God Orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, look for cherries in the compound gardens.

LAKE STEVENS -- The care and education of children in a northeastern city of Haiti is an important concern for Pastor Daniel Paul.
The Haitian pastor visited with members of Lamb of God Lutheran Church last week to talk about managing a tuition-free school and a girls' orphanage and about his plans to open a boys' orphanage in Ouanaminthe, Haiti.
Members of the congregation knew about Paul, 44, before his visit to Zion Lutheran School on Sunday. Some had met him on his past visits or while they were on mission trips. The Lamb of God Lutheran Church and then-Pastor Samuel Wiseman in 2003 began to support Paul's efforts when a mission team traveled to Ouanaminthe to help construct the girls' orphanage.
Church member Emily Bartelheimer, 26, was part of the seven-member team that first traveled to Ouanaminthe.
"We were certainly going out into an area where no other mission teams from a Lutheran church had gone," she said. "At the time it was a blank piece of property so we started the foundation of the girls' orphanage and then they sent down another team in 2005 and they continued work on the foundation."
Two years later, Bartelheimer, a Snohomish resident, was part of a team that built a security wall around the orphanage. In September 2010, she decided to put her two years of nursing experience at Providence Regional Medical Center to use in Ouanaminthe. She moved there to provide health care for the girls.
"I knew I wanted to go back to Haiti," Bartelheimer said. "I thought I would be there for six months or a year and I've been there about a year and a half now."
The Lamb of God Church congregation and mission teams aren't the only ones who have offered their support. Faith Lutheran Church in La Grande, Ore., joined with Lamb of God in 2005 and the organization Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission was formed. The mission supports the House of the Lambs of God Orphanage and the school located at the compound by sending mission teams, offering sponsorships for students and orphans and collecting donations for construction and agricultural development needs.
Paul said he tries to visit the two church congregations every couple of years to give updates on the orphanage and school but the work in Haiti keeps him busy. A new boys' orphanage is set to open in August for about 20 boys, Paul said. Most of those boys should begin attending school nearby with the 52 girls from the orphanage and an additional 140 children from the community.
"What I want is to start these kids in school," he said.
Paul, who grew up in Port-au-Prince and was the oldest of seven children, understands what it's like to be an orphan. His mother and father both died by the time he was 16 and some of his siblings lived in orphanages. He now lives with his wife, Clynie, and their three daughters at the orphanage compound.
The girls from the orphanage attend school and learn French as part of their studies, Paul said. Older girls take care of the younger girls and they learn to cook and grow food in a garden on the property.
From 1995 to 1998, Paul studied agriculture at the American University of the Caribbean in Les Cayes, Haiti. He then studied at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. In 2001, Paul returned to Haiti to make his longtime idea of opening and directing an orphanage a reality.
Paul's hope is that the girls and the boys who will soon fill the new orphanage learn life skills and possibly go on to study at a university. He ultimately wants them stay in the country and contribute.
"We don't do adoptions and send them to other countries," Paul said. "They need to stay in the country. They need to work for the country."
Different churches throughout the United States have donated time and money to support the orphanages and school, Paul said. After the boys' orphanage opens, he'd like to build a guest house and a restaurant on the property.
Lamb of God Church expects to send another mission team to Ouanaminthe in summer 2013, said Jan Novak, worship and youth leader at the church. The congregation and the Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission plan to continue to help with the long-term operation of the orphanages and school, he said.
"People are wanting to know how to help but they don't know how to help," Novak said. "Pastor Daniel helps us paint that picture."
Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; adaybert@heraldnet.com.
How to help
To learn more about the Nord Est Haiti Lutheran Mission go to www.nehlm.org.








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