Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante
An agricultural building used as a church in Thoman.
The church at Thoman
The building was constructed in 1982 by the agriculture secretary of Haiti. The pastor, who is dead, gave the building site to the Haitian department of agriculture. After some years, they let the church use the building. As it is a public building, anyone can use it when they want. Sometimes during worship, gangs come and start to party.
The building is badly damaged — the walls, roof, doors, and the floor.
The church was originally Nazarene, but the people of Thoman have asked Climbing For Christ for help. More than 100 adults and children worship here, although there is no pastor.
Climbing For Christ missionary Miguel Rubén Guante, who was trained in the Christian Reformed Church seminary in Santo Domingo, asked the committee of the church at Thoman to select someone who can be trained to pastor this church. Guante will work with him as he has Pastor Tresin in Gentilhomme and as he desires to do in many other villages in southeastern Haiti. Guante's dream is to open a seminary for pastors in this part of Haiti.
While Guante cannot say whether Climbing For Christ should support the church at Thoman, he said: “I saw that the church needs the help of God.”
Thoman is located on a road (of sorts) leading into the Chaine de la Selle mountains. Two other villages found on this road — Gros Cheval and Soliette — also have requested Climbing For Christ “affiliation” (or support). Climbing For Christ desires to connect other churches and ministries with Thoman, Gros Cheval and Soliette. Climbing For Christ's mission is to go whether others cannot or will not go. Others can go to Thoman, Gros Cheval and Soliette. But will they?
Contact Climbing For Christ at info@ClimbingForChrist.org if your church or ministry is interested in helping any of these Haitian churches and villages.
(Posted Sept. 10, 2007)