Mission: Haiti 2009
State of Emergency
By Gary Fallesen
(April 16, 2009)
In Ezekiel 37, the prophet tells how the Lord invited him to participate in bringing bones back to life in the Valley of the Dry Bones.
“God sent us to Haiti as He sent Ezekiel to the Valley of the Dry Bones to prophesy over them and make them revive,” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said. “We must prophesy over the poverty in Haiti through the Bible and the social work that we are doing.”
Miguel said this after spending Holy Week in the mountain villages in Haiti, where God has had Climbing For Christ ministering since the summer of 2005.
“As a result of my trip I believe we shall increase our presence there,” Miguel said. “Giving food is a short answer, but not a plan for long time.”
The need continues to be great in Haiti, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere — and one of the poorest countries in the world. The people are hungry, but they need the bread of life.
Our continuing prayer for these people is similar to what Solomon declared in Proverbs 30:7-9: “Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”
“God sent me four years before to prepare the way for His work in Haiti through Climbing For Christ,” Miguel wrote to me. “Pray, my brother, for the resources we lack because our work is God’s desire for Haiti. He knows all the tools we need.
“We need to build churches, but we need to prepare the people for the churches, not the churches for the people. The people can be saved without any church, but they cannot be saved by the church if their faith is not in the true God.
“The big problem is all of the Haitian Christians keep a part of their faith for voodoo. God said you must believe only in Jehovah God. We must continue fighting against the voodoo and the poverty.
“Let me try to tell you something about that: For the Haitian when somebody dies in an accident, they often say somebody killed him or her. In Malasi last December, a woman of our church was dead from 3 a.m. The family doesn’t cry and don't make anybody know she is dead because they are talking to the dead woman to know who had killed her. They revealed her as dead near 5 p.m. She was a member of Pastor Vilcuis church.”
This is the influence of voodoo. Haiti is a cultural slave to generations of acceptance of this satanic grip.
Helping the people with their poverty includes educating them about family responsibility, nutrition, sanitation, and health concerns. We are working on all of these areas.
In the meantime, we will continue to provide relief through the Seedling Bank project.
Malasi agricultural nursery (center) with mission house and fields being planted.
It is an emergency situation in Haiti. “Many people are asking for money to buy corn and beans to plant,” Miguel said.
God “revealed to me many things,” Miguel said about his 2009 Holy Week trip. “He made me a wise man. I would like when my day comes to die, to die working for His glory.
“We are not in Haiti by accident,” Miguel added. “We are there because God wanted that. I was a prosperous tradesman in Boca Chica. However, after the Hurricane George I left my business to Samuel (his son) and my first wife. I went to help the people to rebuild their houses. They put my business down. I don't cry. I don’t regret. I took my tools and started to work as carpenter and bricklayer. So I arrived to Jimani. I never thought that was God’s plan. But how would this happen if I was not in Jimani and get a good contact with the authority in Jimani and around Jimani? The base I had made we are still using for the good development of our work in Haiti.”
God is good. It is our hope that we, like the prophet Ezekiel, would recognize that the power of the Lord makes anything possible. May we respond to God’s calling the way Ezekiel did when the Lord asked in the Valley of the Dry Bones: “Son of man, can these bones live?”
“O Sovereign Lord,” Ezekiel said, “you alone know.” At that, Ezekiel was invited to help bring the bones back to life. May we also be invited by the Lord to breathe life into the spiritually dead in Haiti.
- Emergency Mission Trip set for May 18-28. CLICK HERE
Gary Fallesen was first sent by God to Gentilhomme, Haiti in 2005. That was where Mission: Haiti began. He has returned once or twice every year and is preparing to make an emergency trip. CLICK HERE to read the Trip Report from that first Evangelic Expedition to Haiti.