Saturday, January 13th – Sunday, January 14th
4:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Hope Lutheran Church
Pastor Joseph Livenson Lauvanus will be preaching at all 5 services this weekend, January 13 at 4:00 and 6:00 pm, and January 14 at 8:00, 9:45, and 11:30 am.
Pastor Joseph Livenson Lauvanus was born and raised in Haiti. He was inspired to become a pastor after meeting Pr. Luther Kistler and others from the Florida/Bahamas Synod when they visited Haiti. He graduated cum laude from the United Theological College of the West Indies as valedictorian with special honors in Biblical Languages in 2008. His internship was served at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Venice, Florida, and at St. Martin de Tours Episcopal parish in Port au Prince, Haiti. He was ordained in 2009 at Ste. Trinite Cathedral in Haiti with representatives from the Florida Bahamas Synod and the Episcopal Diocese laying on hands. He wrote the constitution for the Lutheran Church of Haiti, Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti, and is serving as its first president. He has worked with the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and Disaster Response in directing the Lutheran relief work in Haiti that is rebuilding communities. His passion is to bring a holistic approach to his work in Haiti drawing on both spiritual and social resources. He says, “We are the presence of Christ in the midst of the Haitian people and we want to bring all aspects of the body together as we talk about sustainability and self-sufficiency.” He lives in Port-au-Prince with his wife and son.
Some interesting facts about Haiti:
- Haïti is pronounced phonetically as “Eye. E. Tea.” and is spelled in Krèyol as “Ayiti.”
- Ayiti is a Taïno word meaning “land of the mountains.”
- Haitian Creole, or Krèyol, became the official language of Haiti in 1987. The language is a mixture of French words and grammar, combined with languages from many different countries in Africa. Today it is a fully evolved, independent language with its own strict grammatical rules and orthography.
- UN Troops were scheduled to leave Haiti in 2017. The UN Troops caused a cholera outbreak in 2010 which has killed more than 9,000 people, and sickened over 500,000.
- Haiti is only ranked 157th in the world for violent crime involving guns, while the United States is ranked 1st. (2014 statistics from nationmaster.com). Day to day life in Haiti is much safer than most countries, though media spreads false information to paint a drastically different picture.
- In 2017, the Global Peace Index rated Haiti as the number 1 most peaceful destination in the Caribbean.
- Even those in poverty are often found beaming with bright smiles and an undying optimism. “Sonje lapli ki leve mayi ou,” or “Remember the rain that made your corn grow” describes how they see light in even the darkest times.
- On the Haitian flag reads, “L’union fait la force,” or “unity makes strength.” An old proverb says “Men anpil, chay pa lou,” or “Many hands make the load lighter.” The idea of unity and working together is very important in Haitian culture.