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Crippled boy
The crippled boy, Miche, who hopped five miles to school each day on a makeshift crutch was one of many in need of health care in Gentilhomme, Haiti.

Mission: Haiti

Adopt a Village

From the Dominican border town of Jimani (where many Haitians live in a small community) to the Chaine de la Selle mountain villages of Gentilhomme and Malasi, and in villages in between (such as Thoman) there is great need. Climbing For Christ is trying to help. But we need YOU. Would you consider sharing what the Lord has blessed you with?

We support a missionary (Miguel Rubén Guante, who makes only $500 per month), six teachers in three villages (each of whom earn $125 per month), and provide “health insurance” for members in three Climbing For Christ churches (in Gentilhomme, Malasi, and Jimani). More — much more — needs to be done.

In addition to supporting the church in Gentilhomme, we have been called to assist the church in Malasi. On Oct. 23, 2009, we announced a church build in Malasi. This is a $10,500 project.

Likewise, we are building a church in Thoman. The church there has resided in a public building that is also used for voodoo ceremonies.

The church in Jimani is still being rebuilt nearly four years after a life-shattering flood destroyed the building and killed the pastor and his wife. First United Methodist Church in Cañon City, Colo. has pledged support to help build the Jimani church. The plan is to eventually build a two-story church and residential school, which will cost about $23,000.

In most of these places, there is no clean water, no toilets, little or no electricity, and little or no health care. So many are living without so much. Please examine your heart and ask yourself, “How can I help?” God tells us in Matthew 25:45: “He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'”

What will we do for the least of these?



Pastor Tresin's house before
Pastor Tresin's house after

Pastor Meristaine Tresin's house, top, was badly damaged by Tropical Storm Noel in late October 2007. He said he could rebuild it for U.S. $300. He began work in February 2008. He still needs money to complete this project.

If God had not sent Climbing For Christ to Gentilhomme in 2005, several lives would have been lost. Gilbert Lendor's for one. Gilbert is the young boy who suffered a compound fracture in his leg and was left by his family to die during the summer of 2007. Our missionary Miguel learned about Gilbert's injury nearly one month after the accident (he fell while playing in one of the many ravines that punctuate the hillsides in southeast Haiti). We evacuated Gilbert and delivered him to a hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where his rotting leg was amputated and his life saved. [See “Saving Gilbert” for more on this story.]

A couple in Colorado have “adopted” Gilbert, who currently lives with Miguel's family in Jimani. The American couple provide monthly support to feed and clothe Gilbert. We give thanks and praise to God for this monthly gift. One day soon we will provide Gilbert with a prosthetic.

Others have medical needs, too: Santane, a crippled young girl; another boy who is crippled, but still hops 10 miles a day round-trip to go to school; a boy with a fast heartbeat; pregnant women, and under-nourished babies. Some can be cared for at the clinic in Jimani, where we pay a monthly fee to acquire medical attention. But we need to send a medical team to set up a health clinic and teach basic first care to treat ailments. We also need a vehicle to provide adequate transportation and dependably deliver supplies.

When God sent Climbing For Christ to Gentilhomme, he also sent spiritual help and introduced education to this village on a hill. We have been working with Pastor Meristaine Tresin and his church since the Lord enabled us to build a house of worship in 2006. That house is also a school for about 100 children who'd never gone to school before 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. It also hosts a monthly seminary, which 30 pastors and church leaders from several villages attended on March 10.

Furthermore, we continue to work on introducing toilets (arborloos) and a system that will provide the village with more easily accessible water. We seek to help with reforestation in a country stripped of its trees. We also desire to help with agriculture — the source of the peoples' food.



Malasi church
School girl

The church in Malasi, top, where a young girl waits for school to begin, bottom.

Malasi is a mountain village similar to Gentilhomme. Same needs: Spiritual help, teacher support, educational supplies, health care, clean water, toilets. God took us there in December 2007 after the pastor from this village's church came to visit us in Gentilhomme in April 2007.


Pastor Italian inside his church in Soliette.

Soliette is the village where many people from Gentilhomme moved when life became too hard for them. It was closer to water; no more lugging 10-gallon pales up and down steep hills once, twice, three times a day. But the water, found in a river that flows out of the Chaine de la Selle range, also rises. In 2004, a torrential rain led to a flashflood that killed thousands on both sides of the border in this part of Hispaniola. The church in Soliette was washed away. Pastor Italian relocated higher up the bank and started building with relief aid that came from the United States. But the building was never finished. The church — potentially the heart to this troubled village — remains in need of completion.



Thoman church

A public building in Thoman used by church members to worship.

The road leading to the jump-off point for mountain villages such as Gentilhomme and Malasi goes through Thoman. Thoman is heavily populated with many churches. But one congregation gathers in a public building that is used by others for voodoo ceremonies and partying. The building was constructed originally as a church, but during Baby Doc's dictatorship is was taken away from the church and given to the people. It has been given over to evil practices. The elders of the church sharing this property have been praying about building a new church. They continue to lift this to the Lord.



Jimani church

Members of the church at Jimani gather in their unfinished building.

Like Thoman, Jimani is not in the mountains. In fact, it is not even in Haiti. But Jimani, Dominican Republic, is the gateway to Haiti for Climbing For Christ, and it is the base of our operation in southeastern Haiti.

Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante lives in Jimani with his family. He has been rebuilding the Jimani church for several years, since it was destroyed by a flood in 2004 that claimed thousands of Haitian and Dominican lives (including the pastor of Miguel's church). We consider the church at Jimani one of three Climbing For Christ churches in Mission: Haiti. The others are Gentilhomme and Malasi.



Broken down

One of seven flat tires experienced during the December 2007 mission trip.

The cost to rent a truck to transport people and supplies for Mission: Haiti was staggeringly high — roughly U.S. $100 a day. The vehicles provided were in poor condition and extremely undependable. We spent many hours repairing or awaiting repair while driving the rough “roads” that lead to the mountains in southeastern Haiti. On May 6, 2009, we were blessed with the purchase of a reliable truck with good tires and high clearance to move people and gear. It was dubbed “the God truck.” We give Him praise for providing a way for us to acquire this vehicle so work we do for Him can continue to be as excellent as humanly possible.

— Gary Fallesen, president Climbing For Christ

Posted March 12, 2008/Updated Oct. 27, 2009

The Word

“The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”
Matthew 25:40 (NIV)


The Need

Climbing For Christ now has budgeted of $2,700 a month to start covering the expenses of Mission: Haiti. Among what is being paid for:

– Miguel's salary $500
– Travel expenses $350
– Communication $350
– Teachers $750
– Clinic $50
– Seminary $300

This does not include support for churches, pastors, school supplies, medical needs, and emergencies.

If you can help support Mission: Haiti, we ask you to send a tax-deductible donation to Climbing For Christ. Mail your gift (with the notation “For Haiti”) to:

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

You can also donate online using PayPal. CLICK HERE. Remember, a portion of your gift will be kept by PayPal as part of its processing fee.

Thank you!



Thanks to Marsha and Ron Hogan for their $100-a-month support to help clothe and feed Gilbert, above. Other children need to be sponsored.


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