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Mission: Haiti

Help wanted for Haiti

By GARY FALLESEN
President, Climbing For Christ, Inc.

  • CLICK HERE for Climbing For Christ's Haitian “Plan for 2007 — and beyond”

 

Hurricane Dean damage

Photo by Miguel Ruben Guante

A home in Thoman that was damaged by Hurricane Dean in August.

 

Thoman church building

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)

 

Malasi

Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante

The church at Malasi is built out of stone. There is no floor. About 180 people worship in this church, which needs benches as well as maintenance.

The church at Malasi

Climbing For Christ missionary Miguel Rubén Guante visited the church at Malasi in the mountains of Haiti about a three-hour hike from Gentilhomme on May 12 and 13, 2007. “Malasi is worse than Gentilhomme,” Miguel reports. “Malasi have not water anywhere. The peoples of Malasi get water only when it is raining or they have to go for it.”

It is six hours of walking, round-trip, to the river near Gentilhomme; it is eight hours by foot to Cadisco, and it takes all day to get to and from Bodari.

Miguel asks if we can imagine what rain water that has been left in a basin without treatment for two months must be like to drink. It is certainly not healthy.

Malasi also is without a school (much like Gentilhomme before the Lord sent us there). “They would like to get a school for their 90 children in the church and the children around Malasi,” Miguel says.

Helping Malasi is part of our plan for 2007 — and beyond. CLICK HERE to read what God has put on our heart to do in the mountains of southeastern Haiti.

(Posted May 16, 2007)

Mountain people of Malasi

The Word

“But he said, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’”
– Jesus speaking in Luke 4:43 (NIV)

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