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The Florida-Bahamas Synod relationship with the people of Haiti was a grassroots relationship that started in 2001 through the “Pigs and Pastors” project. This project grew into a relationship with the Haitian people, in particular with a group of pastors who desired to be a part of the Lutheran Church. The Florida-Bahamas Synod Haiti program has walked together with the people of Haiti in the development of the Lutheran churches, celebrating the ordination of the first four pastors on January 31, 2009, when the Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti was established. Pastor Joseph Livenson Lauvanus is the current president of Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti and the liaison to the relationship with the Florida-Bahamas Synod.  In 2010, the Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti entered into a formal partnership relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing over 200,000 people, and leaving the country devastated.  The Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA Disaster Response, and Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti have worked in full partnership together on the relief and the reconstruction of the communities and congregations in Haiti.

Dr. Ken Vermillion (kenverm4@gmail.com) serves as chair for the Haiti Task Force which meets regularly, aside from the Global Mission Committee meetings, to discuss the many projects and requests.  Congregations interested in becoming involved with mission projects or considering developing mission trips to Haiti are encouraged to work through the Haiti Task Force and FB Synod office.