Haiti: “Defined by Restoration, not Rubble” ELCA Presiding Bishop’s Visit

Matthew Ley

ELCA Bishop Mark Hanson & Rev. Joseph Livenson Lauvanus, president of The Lutheran Church of Haiti, discussing the restoration work in Haiti.

Over two days at the end of February ELCA Presiding Bishop, Rev. Mark S. Hanson, visited Haiti to see first-hand how the church is continuing to engage the people and their needs in this period of recovery and restoration. He was accompanied on his trip by the ELCA’s International Disaster Response representative and was hosted by the President of the Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti (The Lutheran Church of Haiti), Rev. Joseph Livenson Lauvanus.

In a statement that seemed to sum up the good work going on Rev. Lauvanus proclaimed, “We Haitians will not be defined by the rubble, but by restoration, for we are a people of the resurrection.” Bishop Hanson said that what he saw in the work and lives of the people of Haiti was an embodiment of this statement and the reason why these moments when the church can accompany brothers and sisters are of benefit to all those involved.

Let us continue to pray that this resurrection spirit continues to dwell and inspire the work of restoration from the rubble.

Read the full press release.

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