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Mission: Haiti 2009

‘The God truck’

By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ

Miguel Rubén Guante, our missionary to Haiti, who has ridden a motorbike into the Chaine de la Selle mountains since we started working there in 2005, dubbed it “the God truck.”

On Wednesday, May 6, we purchased a 2005 Nissan Frontier after months of prayer and fundraising. In four years, we spent more than $15,000 to rent vehicles to transport supplies (building, medical, agricultural) and people (six short-term teams ranging in size from three to 11 members). Miguel knew that we needed a vehicle to better do the Lord's work.

“I think the name of God will be glorified always with the truck,” Miguel said when we decided to make the purchase on Friday, May 1. “That will be a good tool to prophesy.”

Discussions about acquiring a truck for Mission: Haiti go back to 2006, when God first used us to build a church in Gentilhomme. But it became an earnest prayer in June 2008, when we initiated the Food Bank project. Prayer warriors and financial supporters helped make this truck a “go.”

But even in the hours before the purchase, we needed still more prayer. Miguel was at the truck dealership in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, but money that had been wired to his bank several days before was, inexplicably, still not available.

“The enemy does not want us to have ‘the God truck,’ but our good and precious Savior desires for His work to be done and He will overpower the evil one,” I told Miguel. “The truck will be His! That is my prayer. Pray it with me as well. Satan, get behind us. God's will be done!”

Moments later, Miguel contacted me:

“Just now, I get ready the money to pay the truck,” he said. “Just during your prayer. God is with us.”

“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NIV)

Posted May 7, 2009

Helping Hands

In the first four months of 2009, 45 individuals (members and supporters of Climbing For Christ), four church groups and ministries, and two companies provided more than $37,000 for Mission: Haiti. This support has assisted:

  • Donya Jean Riska’s rescue. Donya is a miracle of God, having been severely injured in September 2008 by a lightning strike that killed five others. God took us to her in December 2008 and she was brought down out of Malasi in January. Today, Donya has returned to good physical health.
  • Continuation of Seedling Bank project. Banana and coffee plants, corn, beans, onions and oranges have been planted and are growing.
  • Food Bank program. Occasional food drops to help hundreds survive during the planting time, when there is little or no food to eat in Gentilhomme and Malasi.
  • Ongoing work by missionary Miguel and four teachers (two each in Gentilhomme and Malasi), as well as medical aid and other supplies.
  • Preparations for a summer medical trip that will bring three Haitian children (Gilbert, Sainte-Anne, and Miche) to the United States for procedures that, by the grace of God, will enable them to walk.

Climbing For Christ’s budget for Mission: Haiti in 2009 was more than $97,000. Thanks to those who have been moved to give we are about 38 percent of the way to this goal after the first third of the year.

Our next goal is to raise more than $10,000 to rebuild the church and school in Malasi (above), which has only three unsteady walls still standing.

If these stories of how the Lord is working in the mountains of Haiti touch your heart, please pray for Climbing For Christ and consider giving to His ministry. Gifts can be sent to Climbing For Christ, c/o Mission: Haiti, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290. Or CLICK HERE and give via PayPal. Thank you!

The Word

“… If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”
— 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

 

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