It says in the Gospel of Mark, “The whole town gathered at the door” (Mark 1:33). It goes on to say that Jesus “healed many who had various diseases” and “also drove out many demons.” The door, above, is the entrance to the church in Gentilhomme, Haiti. It is in disrepair.
“We are searching (for) wood to repair the doors of the church,” reported our missionary, Miguel Rubén Guante, who took the photo on March 11. “The very hard breeze of Gentilhomme damaged the doors.”
The door is a symbol of what is being built in Gentilhomme — a remote village on Pic la Selle in southeastern Haiti. In April, when Climbing For Christ's next mission team visits to work with the church, there will be a celebration of what God is doing in Gentilhomme.
“Here I am!” it says in Revelation 3:20-22. “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Climbing For Christ's mission to Haiti is meant to help the people of Gentilhomme — a village on a hill — overcome a life of poverty and sin and hear what the Spirit says to them.
Among our goals in 2007:
- Spend time with the more than 140 students attending school for the first time and help the two untrained teachers working in the church building. Wanted: Teachers.
- Dominican doctors are expected to accompany the team to appraise the medical situation in the village. Wanted: Health-care professionals who can help us develop a first-care health facility in the church (the nearest health care is 30 kilometers away beyond two mountains). A team is forming to set up a clinic in December.
- Workers from SOIL (Sarah Brownell and Kevin Foos) are hoping to analyze the village's sanitation and offer suggestions for ways to improve conditions. Wanted: Funding to pay for the future delivery of toilets.
- Analyze water source(s) and what can be done to purify water for the village.
- Deliver clothing for schoolchildren being collected by the Minnesota and Western New York chapters. Also, provide more soccer balls for the children to play games.
- Deliver Creole Bibles.
- Replace the front door, any other work that needs to be done on the church building. Wanted: Funding to pay for supplies.
In December, we will continue the work that starts in April. We also hope to send pastors to work with Pastor Meristene Tresin and prepare shoe-box gifts for the many children and families in Gentilhomme.