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Front of finished church
Thatch walls

Mission: Haiti 2006

Gentilhomme Church ... Before and After

The church in the mountain village of Gentilhomme, Haiti was dedicated on Sunday, May 14, 2006. Building was completed in the week leading up to May 14. The church (secnd photo below) was built on the site of the old church, which was made of thatch and had no roof (top photo). A pledge was made by Climbing For Christ to the pastor and the people of Jeantilhome in June 2005 that we would help the village build its church (see “Right Where God Wanted Us”).

 

Old thatch church
Finished church

Worship inside the old church (below) usually was attended by 100 people from Gentilhomme, a village that is spread out over the slopes leading up the Haitian highpoint of Pic la Selle. When the Mission: Haiti team helped lead worship on April 23, 2006, attendance was 216. (Read about it in the Haiti Dispatches.) More than 200 people attended the “inauguration” of the new church building on May 14 (bottom photo). Climbing For Christ's missionary to Jeantilhome, Miguel Rubén Guante, spoke to the congregation about Solomon building the temple (1 Kings 6) and how “the glory of the Lord filled His temple” (1 Kings 8:11). He then read Solomon's prayer of dedication, found in 2 Chronicles 6:12-42.

 

Inside old church
Inside finished church

The Word

“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth — you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.”
— 2 Chronicles 6:14, the beginning of Solomon's prayer of dedication.

 

What's Next?

The building may be completed, but our work in Gentilhomme is not. God is moving us to ...

  • Build benches for worshippers.
  • Provide more Creole Bibles.
  • Build desks and help with supplies for the school that will be started in the church. There has never been a school in Gentilhomme.
  • Establish a first-care medical clinic in the church to help the many who are ill in the village.
  • Build a water-purification system.
  • Provide materials to continue the education of Pastor Tresin and other pastors in the area.

Click here to see the progress.

Can you help? The “Buy A Block” program, used to fund the church building, will continue for Mission: Haiti. Instead of paying for building blocks, you can help build a better life for the hundreds of people who call the mountains of Haiti home.

Send your tax-deductible donation payable to Climbing For Christ and earmarked Mission: Haiti to:

Climbing For Christ, Inc.
P.O. Box 16290
Rochester, N.Y. 14616-0290

 

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