Mission: Haiti 2009
Emergency Mission Trip
“I think it may be very good to you to trip now when the situation is bad.”
With those words, uttered by missionary Miguel Rubén Guante on April 13, planning began for an emergency mission trip in May. Dates were set for May 18-28. Mission: Haiti veterans Josh Carroll and Gary Fallesen answered the call to “go.” There is much to be done.
Shoes are needed for school children in Gentilhomme, like the barefooted little girl in front of this group — and also in photo below. (Photos by Miguel Rubén Guante)
- Share the love of Christ (be His feet and deliver Gospel Truth while preaching against voodoo as we worship with C4C churches in Jimani, Dominican Republic, and Malasi and Gentilhomme, Haiti).
- Shop for a truck, if one isn't purchased before we arrive. [Note: More than $13,000 has been spent on rental vehicles in less than four years of work in Haiti, accentuating the need for our own vehicle.]
- Scout needs for water project (to be done in November-December; see “Drinkable Water” for more information)
– Shop for quality of pipe, adhesives, primers available
– Photograph locations of water and plan future basins
– Verify depths of basins in Malasi and Gentilhomme
- Sanitation plan (watch for a story on sanitation in Haiti in The Climbing Way, Volume 14, Summer 2009)
– Check on arborloos already built
– Forestation plan for each house with an arborloo (where to move the 'loos and plant trees and when)
– Address additional farming ideas around the arborloo trees (i.e. squash and tomatoes)
– Build more arborloos for other homes
– Present “food-for-garbage” plan to increase composting
- Deliver shoes to children
- Visit schools
- Help farmers (check on crops … survey fields … learn more/offer suggestions)
- Deliver Creole Bibles
- Visit other villages, such as Piret
- Possibly scout trail from Malasi to Gentilhomme
- Day 1 (Monday, May 18): Fly to Santo Domingo, D.R. Meet Miguel there. Drive to Jimani, about six hours away on the Haitian border. Worship in the evening with the church at Jimani.
- Day 2 (Tuesday, May 19): Cross border, drive to Malasi, worship with the church at Malasi.
- Day 3 (Wednesday, May 20): See the school and deliver shoes in the a.m. Work on sanitation in the p.m.
- Day 4 (Thursday, May 21): Visit farmers, look at water project, and deal with “unforeseen.”
- Day 5 (Friday, May 22): Visit Piret and worship with the people there. Travel to Gentilhomme.
- Day 6 (Saturday, May 23): Work on the sanitation. Start checking on farms and water project.
- Day 7 (Sunday, May 24): Worship in Gentilhomme.
- Day 8 (Monday, May 25): See the school and deliver shoes in the a.m. Finish checking on farms and water project in the p.m.
- Day 9 (Tuesday, May 26): Return to Jimani.
- Day 10 (Wednesday, May 27): Seminary in Jimani.
- Day 11 (Thursday, May 28): Return to USA.
A “State of Emergency” was declared on April 16 by Climbing For Christ for villages in the mountains of Haiti. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Posted April 23, 2009