Mission: Haiti 2009
Mission Moments (July-December)
Sharing news from the mission field...
By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ
Tuesday, Dec. 29
Wood for the roofs of churches being built in Thoman and Malasi.
Friday, Dec. 25
A message from Miguel Rubén Guante, Climbing For Christ's missionary to Hispaniola:
“Dear brothers and sisters get a merry Christmas. We will celebrate the birthday of our Savior with many activities in Jimani church. God bless all of you on His birthday.”
Wednesday, Dec. 23
Miguel took Gilbert, Sainte-Anne and Miche to Soliette to meet their parents. They'll be spending CHRISTmas in Gentilhomme with their families before returning to Miguel's house in Jimani on Jan. 11. Each of the children were given new clothing for their return home, and Miguel left a bag of food for each family.
After dropping off the children, Miguel went to Malasi to follow-up on the building plan for the church there. The road that was built up to the church site when our mission team was there two weeks ago will be used to deliver wood for the roof there soon. Sand that was brought by our driver Janelle is being carried from where he dropped it on the road up to the building site.
Tuesday, Dec. 22
“Today I was in Thoman planning the next work in the building of the church,” missionary Miguel reported. “I was seen the materials we have there and what we need to buy first.”
While he was there he saw a truck from the World Food Programme and struck up a conversation with them. He told the WFP representative about our work there. “He told me we can send a letter to the WFP,” Miguel said. “The WFP delivers food to poor people in Haiti. We can ask them food for our schools.
“I can see God will help us in that way.”
We will be praying for this.
Saturday, Dec. 5-Friday, Dec. 18
Mission: Haiti occurred. CLICK HERE to read daily Dispatches.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Missionary Miguel said he was in Thoman “to get my last view of the work (on the church there) until Sunday, when we will cross to go to Malasi.” Here's how it looked at the time:
Monday, Nov. 30
Work has begun on the foundation of the church at Thoman.
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
— Matthew 7:25 (NIV)
Friday, Nov. 27
Missionary Miguel returned to the “Justice Palace” in Jimani, Dominican Republic, early this morning to meet with the prosecutor. Officials kept our vehicle (known as “the God truck” because it was provided by the Lord) after Miguel and the others were released following an unjust night in jail for allegedly transporting illegal Haitians across the border.
“I have the authorization of the persecutor to get the truck, but the man who took the truck said he needed to communicate with his chief before he give me the truck,” Miguel said at noon. “I came back to the persecutor and asked him to try get him the truck.”
About 3½ hours later, Miguel reported: “The God truck is given back to me.”
Thursday, Nov. 26
Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante was back home on the Dominican side of the border after spending a night in jail with four others from his church for being accused (wrongly) of transporting illegal Haitians across the border.
“We were in prison from (Wednesday) to (Thursday afternoon) when the public prosecutor sent us home,” Miguel said, referring to his traveling companions Blanco (the pastor from the church at Jimani), Emilio (a school teacher), Arol and Wilna.
The five were returning from the monthly seminary in Thoman. On Tuesday, they'd made another delivery of materials for the building of the church at Thoman.
Blanco, Emilio and Arol delivering rebar to the church at Thoman on Tuesday, above. The monthly seminary held on Wednesday, below.
“The migration official wanted to send the 'God truck' to Santo Domingo,” Miguel said, “but the public prosecutor said, 'no, the truck will not be going to Santo Domingo.'”
The truck, which is owned by Climbing For Christ, a ministry that is incorporated in the Dominican Republic, was not returned to Miguel. But the men were released.
“We have another victory over the evils,” Miguel declared.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” — Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
Sunday, Nov. 22
Missionary Miguel worshipped with his brothers and sisters in Christ in Malasi, where he was visiting to see the cement blocks being made for the church building and met with the committee planning the work on the construction.
A decision was made to improve what passes for a road so sand could be trucked in. Construction is set to begin on Jan. 8, 2010. The new church at Malasi will be located on a hill to the left of the mission house in the photo above.
“The people are exiting and they are ready to work,” said Miguel, who is also making preparations for the arrival of our Mission: Haiti team in less than two weeks.
Friday, Nov. 20
Praying before starting to build the church at Thoman.
Just as the Word of the Lord came to Solomon (“As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel”) so it was delivered to the church at Thoman. Construction has begun on the church there. “We started our work today in Thoman reading 1 Kings 6:1-14,” missionary Miguel reported.
“So Solomon built the temple and completed it” (1 Kings 6:14). May the people of Thoman one day say the same thing.
Tools (above) for the church build, which has begun in Thoman (below).
Saturday, Oct. 31
Building blocks for the churches at Malasi (below) and Thoman (bottom). CLICK HERE to learn more about the church builds.
Wednesday, Oct. 28
Missionary Miguel delivered cement and money to Thoman, where workers made all the blocks (above) in one day. “They are very happy for the God's answer for them,” Miguel said, referring to His provision for them to build a church after several years of praying and waiting.
On Friday, Miguel will transport cement to Malasi and check on progress at the site of that church build.
Monday, Oct. 26
Cement was delivered to Malasi so blocks can be made for the new church to be built there. Before going to Malasi, missionary Miguel went to Thoman to give money to Pastor Luterne money to buy cement, sand, and pay whoever will make blocks for the new church there.
Miguel also attended a funeral for the wife of Meristil, who died suddenly on Saturday. The woman, in her 40s, cooked for the pastors and church leaders who attended the monthly seminary just two days earlier in Thoman.
“We are severely hit with deaths in our members,” Miguel said. “After Julio (see Oct. 2 entry), we had boss Chalisma. After him we had an accident where a nephew of Pastor Luterne die and just now ... the wife of Meristil die. She was washing and fall down dying.
“Why we have so much pain when we should be in joy?”
Sunday, Oct. 25
Worship at the church at Soliette, located on the riverbed at the base of the mountain where Gentilhomme sits. The Soliette church, first destroyed in the flood of 2004, was rebuilt on higher ground but never finished as funding dried up. A storm during the 2008 hurricane season nearly destroyed this structure. It is another project that needs support. CLICK HERE to learn how you might help with our “Adopt a Village” program.
Friday, Oct. 23
The teachers met with Miguel in Jimani, Dominican Republic for their monthly workshop. The pastors from the three churches where the teachers work also attended. Miguel sent money for sand back to Malasi with Pastor Vilcuis. This is the beginning of the church builds in Malasi and Thoman. It will take three-to-four months to build these structures.
Thursday, Oct. 22
The first US$2,150 of the estimated $21,000 needed to build new churches in Malasi and Thoman was wired to missionary Miguel Rubén Guante. CLICK HERE to learn more about the church builds.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
More than 30 pastors and leaders from 17 churches again met in Thoman for our monthly seminary training. Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante taught about election, and how God “saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace” (2 Timothy 1:9).
“It was very nice to share with them how God can choose somebody for His glory before the creation,” Miguel said. “How God let us make the decision to believe or not in His Son. How we are pastors and leaders must be continuing to preach because by our preaching God may bring someone for His glory.”
The apostle Paul said, “I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:10). That is our reason for teaching the Gospel to those in spiritual need in the mountains of Haiti.
Thursday, Oct. 15
It is with a heavy heart that I report the death of “Boss” Chalisma, our dear friend in Gentilhomme, Haiti. Chalisma was struck by lightning and killed on Wednesday.
“He was coming back from his farm and it was raining,” our missionary Miguel said. “It like his heart stop by the clap of thunder.”
Chalisma was the man God used to first take us to Pastor Tresin at the church in Gentilhomme in June 2005. Chalisma later supervised the building of the new church there (he signed the wall, photo above, during construction in April 2006). All the while, Chalisma was not a Christian. He accepted Christ last year. We wrote about Chalisma in The Climbing Way (Volume 10, Summer 2008). CLICK HERE to read “A brother from another planet.” Just 10 days ago, we posted a photo of Chalisma with coffee plants that are a part of our Seedling Bank program in Gentilhomme and Malasi (see Oct. 5 entry below).
Please pray for Chalisma's wife and his six children. A young son, maybe 10 years old, was with him at the time of his death. We are saddened by their loss.
Miguel traveled to Soliette immediately after receiving the news to meet Pastor Tresin and others from Gentilhomme. He gave them U.S. $400 on behalf of Climbing For Christ to purchase a coffin and have the funeral for Chalisma, who was in his 40s.
Like many farmers in the mountains of southeastern Haiti, Chalisma's family is also facing the challenge of a harvest destroyed by rains. Climbing For Christ was about to provide U.S. $4,000 in funding for seeds and fertilizer for the next planting season, which begins in November. We may now need to provide additional funding for another Food Bank to help people endure the weeks and months ahead. Lift the need and the potential for greater hunger in Haiti. May God provide relief for these people.
“The situation is badly now in Gentilhomme and Malasi for the corn and bean of the last season sow has been lost by the rain,” Miguel said. “All farmers lose their harvest. And they are preparing the land again for the next season of sow.”
Sunday, Oct. 11
“When I was coming back from Dibwa, somebody show me where the plane had fall down,” said Miguel, who worshipped with the church in Dibwa. The U.N. plane that crashed can be seen in the bottom center of the photo. (Photo by Miguel Ruben Guante)
Eleven military personnel were killed when a United Nations plane crashed into a mountainside on Friday, Oct. 9. The plane, part of the U.N. mission in Haiti, was doing routine surveillance on the border with the Dominican Republic when it crashed about 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of the village of Fonds-Verrettes in “an area accessible only by foot,” according to media reports. The military personnel were from Uruguay and Jordan.
The U.N. peacekeeping force, which has been in Haiti since 2004, consists of about 9,000 foreign troops and police officers.
Monday, Oct. 5
There is much to report on in Gentilhomme.
“The coffee is nice. The people are sowing it,” missionary Miguel said after visiting there Sunday and Monday. Each of our 51 farmers in Gentilhomme has received at least 50 coffee plants, which have been raised from seedlings in our nursery.
'Boss' Chalisma with coffee plants ready to sow. (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante)
“The school looks nice and the teachers are teaching well,” Miguel said, referring to Mathuren and Renald, who are paid salaries by Climbing For Christ and have been attending our monthly teachers training. “I correct some wrong things, like Mathuren trying to teach too much at one time and Renald hitting the children. I took the stick and told him, ‘No.’ In the new school, the teacher much be patient with the children.”
Gentilhomme school children showing off their Climbing For Christ uniforms. (Photo by Miguel Ruben Guante)
Like our other schools in Malasi and Jimani, the Gentilhomme school has grown nearly twofold this year. We expected 50 students for the start of the school year and now there are 89. In Malasi, the number jumped up from 70 to 127 and in Jimani it grew from 40 to 78. In all, we have nearly 300 students in the three Climbing For Christ-supported schools.
This is directly related to the provision of school uniforms and shoes for the children, according to Miguel. Climbing For Christ paid $4,150 for clothing for the kids.
In order to ensure the education of the children in Gentilhomme, some additional work will be done on the mission house and Miguel will send Blanco (Pastor Enel Fleurimond from the church at Jimani) each week to see the school in Gentilhomme “to make sure all things are going well.”
Children in school inside the church at Gentilhomme. (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante)
While coffee plants and school classes continue to grow by leaps and bounds, the banana plants in Gentilhomme and Malasi are coming along more slowly.
“Many farmer have nice bananas plants, but they still have not bananas,” Miguel said, noting that the bananas given to some farmers in places like Jimani and Soliette (the village 2,000 vertical feet below Gentilhomme) are already producing because of warmer temperatures and the availability of more water.
“The bananas in Gentilhomme, maybe by December they will start to have bananas. But Malasi (which is higher and cooler than Gentilhomme) will be later.”
The banana plants in Gentilhomme, above, compared to the trees planted at the same time in Jimani, below. (Photos by Miguel Rubén Guante)
Sunday, Oct. 4
Miguel preached at the church at Thoman, drawing his message on perseverance from 2 Corinthians 11:16-33. “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness” (2 Cor. 16:30).
Sunday School in the church at Thoman. (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante)
More than 50 people worshipped in the church. Since 2007 we have been praying about building the church at Thoman a new structure. The body of Christ affiliated with us there owns land where a building can be constructed. The time for building may be at hand. We will be updating our cost estimates and planning accordingly. Pray for the church at Thoman, which has been worshipping in a community building that is used by others for non-Christian things and is in a state of disrepair.
Friday, Oct. 2
There was a funeral in Jimani for a man from the Climbing For Christ church named Julio. Julio died Tuesday, Sept. 29 from HIV complications. “Julio was not very old, maybe 24 years,” said missionary Miguel.
“Dr. Jirdana (from the Jimani clinic) was keeping him on medicine. She had told him, ‘Don’t drink any alcohol.’”
Julio apparently did not follow these instructions. His wife, Manu, also is HIV-positive. The couple has a 3-year-old daughter and they lost one child (a 4-month-old baby).
Julio, above in blue shirt behind woman with offering basket, photographed during a recent worship in the church at Jimani. Manu is below right holding her daughter. (Photos by Miguel Rubén Guante)
“I know him well when he was not in my church,” Miguel said. “He came to my church in 2007 when his wife was sick. After his wife get well, he and his wife came to my church.
“In 2008 he was working and got a severe cut in his arm. He lose much blood and from this he started to become very, very ill.”
Julio contracted HIV from the blood transfusion that he received. Haiti has the highest death rate for AIDS in the Western Hemisphere, with an estimated 82 deaths per 100,000 people (ranking 24th in the world).
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Miguel went to Descubierta, where he bought the coffin for the funeral. Climbing For Christ provided financial support for the funeral.
Friday, Sept. 25
The second monthly teacher training was held at missionary Miguel's house in Jimani, Dominican Republic. Miguel shared his first teaching experience, reviewed the first workshop that was held last month, and then worked on how to prepare a daily plan, the purpose of the Climbing For Christ school, and how to evaluate students.
Miguel teaching teachers from three Climbing For Christ schools.
Wednesday, Sept. 23
The monthly seminary met again in the church at Thoman. The teaching was on the resurrection. Jesus rose from the dead and is a living, reigning Savior. Because God raised the Lord, He will “also raise us up by His power” (1 Corinthians 6:14). Death has been defeated and “sin will have no dominion” over us (Romans 6:14). This resurrection power also includes power from the Holy Spirit that enables us to do the work Jesus commissioned us to do (Acts 1:8). This is the work that we commission the pastors and church leaders in Haiti to do to His glory.
Tuesday, Sept. 22
Schoolchildren playing in Malasi. (Photos by Miguel Rubén Guante)
A praise report: We started last school year with about 60 students in the school at Malasi. The school year ended with 27 students attending classes. This year, we began with 70 students enrolled, but that number quickly increased — first to 89 and now to 127.
“And more want to come,” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante reported after his visit to Malasi on Monday, Sept. 21.
We have been blessed to provide an education to more than 250 children between the three Climbing For Christ churches in Hispaniola (Gentilhomme and Malasi, Haiti, and Jimani, Dominican Republic). Enrollment at Jimani grew this year from 40 to 78, and Gentilhomme has 50 students. These are children who did not have a school to attend before God sent us there. Additionally, several other villages are waiting for us to help by building churches and schools.
Students line up to go into school. They are dressed in uniforms provided by Climbing For Christ.
Derisma, above, and Emilien, below, are two of the six teachers supported by Climbing For Christ. Derisma and Emilien teach in Malasi, while we also have schools in the churches at Gentilhomme and the Dominican border town of Jimani. Each of these teachers will be attending our second monthly workshop on Sept. 24-25.
Wednesday, Sept. 2
Back to school in Jimani, Dominican Republic, one of the three Climbing For Christ schools on Hispaniola.
Schoolchildren dressed in uniforms, provided by Climbing For Christ.
Tuesday, Sept. 1
From missionary Miguel Rubén Guante: “I'm right now in Malasi to visit the start of the school year. The teachers were meeting with the families of the children before they start school. Classes did not begin today, but they gathered the students.”
Photos from Miguel of the delivery of school supplies to Gentilhomme and Malasi:
School supplies and uniforms for Gentiilhomme are left with villagers in the riverbed roadside near Soliette, situated at the foot of the mountain upon which Gentilhomme is located.
Benches, built with Climbing For Christ funding, are ready for the 2009-2010 school year in the church at Malasi.
Distributing uniforms to the students in the school at Malasi.
Saturday, Aug. 29
Picking up shoes for schoolchildren and supplies for students and teachers in the 'God truck.' (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante)
Friday, Aug. 28
We held our first teacher training session in Jimani, Dominican Republic, with all six of the teachers we support in our three schools in attendance. They are: Elucia Louis Juste and Emilio Setoute in Jimani, Mathuren and Renald in Gentilhomme, and Derisma and Emilien Setoute in Malasi. These six will teach 184 students this school year.
Our missionary Miguel, who conceived and conducted this inaugural monthly training session for the teachers at his home, said it went very well. “The teachers were very happy with the subjects. They are ready to start the classes Tuesday, Sept. 1.”
Teachers attending our inaugural training session pray for wisdom for the start of the school year. (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante)
In order to open school, Miguel is purchasing uniforms and shoes with Climbing For Christ funds for each of the students. We also are providing school supplies. Here is the budget for these provisions:
- Shoes $1,313
- Uniforms $2,102
- Notebooks, pencils, pens, chalk, etc. $602
Additionally, we are purchasing new blackboards ($100) and have had new benches built ($1,265) for the school and church at Malasi. Also, holding the teacher training each month will be a small expense (about $120).
Climbing For Christ supporters have provided money, pencils, erasers, and clothing to help the schools in Jimani, Gentilhomme, and Malasi. We are grateful to those who recognize the importance of an education, especially in places where there were no schools before Climbing For Christ was sent there by God.
Wednesday, Aug. 26
Eleven pastors and 13 church leaders met for our monthly seminary, which was again held in Thoman. Many of these pastors and church leaders met Tuesday night to sleep overnight in the church that is shared by the community and has a history of voodoo. “All the pastors were ready to give me a welcome,” said missionary Miguel Rubén Guante, who returned last week from the United States. “The seminary was very good.”
Miguel taught about atonement. Or, as he said, “making description of the sacrifice of Jesus.”
The work Jesus did in living and dying to earn our salvation is referred to as atonement. “... for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
Pastor Luterne of the church at Thoman, wearing a new T-shirt given him by missionary Miguel Ruben Guante after his recent trip to Colorado, during the August seminary.
Monday, Aug. 24
The Climbing For Christ church at Jimani (on the Dominican-Haitian border) began preparing the site where God will one day construct a new building that will serve as a church and school. They did so in prayer and song.
“This photo shows the people in the Jimani church working to get a good place to build the church,” said missionary Miguel Rubén Guante, who took responsibility for this church after his pastor was killed in a massive flood that claimed the lives of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans in May 2004.
A budget of US $10,450 is required to build a new church and an additional $10,450 would be needed for the construction of a residential school. The school would become a home for top Haitian students, aiming to free them from the cultural chains of voodoo by immersing them in a Bible-based education. [CLICK HERE to read “A Plan for Haiti.”]
“If I started to do some work, it is because we need to show the people we are ready to work and how we need the church,” missionary Miguel said, explaining why he had men starting to dig away a hillside where a future church will stand. We will see it stand in God's time and by His holy hand.
Workers preparing the property of the church at Jimani for a new building when (not if) God provides the funding for construction to begin. “We want to be ready,” Miguel Rubén Guante said.
Sunday, Aug. 23
Miguel Rubén Guante, right, shares the story of (left to right) Miche, Sainte-Anne, and Gilbert's medical trip to the U.S. during worship at the church at Jimani.
Saturday, Aug. 22
Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante's first visit to our Haitian villages since his trip to the United States was washed out. Miguel and our driver Janelle traveled across the border from Jimani, Dominican Republic toward Malasi.
“It is raining very much here,” said Miguel, acknowledging that hurricane season has begun in the Atlantic. Tropical storm Ana hit Hispaniola on Monday, Aug. 17. “The road from Piret to Malasi is very bad, but I thought to leave the truck in Tibom after Piret and to hike to Malasi. But when we were in Tibom there was a lot of difficulty to be there.”
Our driver, Janelle, working on the road while attempting to drive to Malasi. (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante)
Miguel also learned that Pastor Vilcuis of the church at Malasi would not be there when he arrived because of a death in the family. A nephew of his wife died near Thiotte and Pastor Vilcuis went there.
“I had the intention to sleep in Soliette and tomorrow morning hike to Gentilhomme,” Miguel said, “but by the raining I came to Jimani.”
Miguel was able to find out that recent rain has damaged beans that were planted for this growing season.
Miguel was planning today to visit farmers in Malasi and Gentilhomme and to invite the teachers in the two villages to the first of our monthly “teachers seminary,” which Miguel will lead. This is similar to our pastors' seminary, which we've held each month since December 2007 to instruct pastors and church leaders. The next pastors seminary is Tuesday, Aug. 25. Starting this month Miguel also will be working with our six teachers (two each in Gentilhomme, Malasi and Jimani) to help improve the education more than 150 children are receiving in the three villages.
With the new school year about to begin in September, we sent Miguel back to Hispaniola with school supplies and funding to purchase uniforms, shoes, and more supplies (notebooks, pencils, and more) for students and teachers. We have decided to provide a uniform and a pair of shoes to each of the students to ensure that they will attend school. Many times children do not have clothing to wear to school so parents keep them home. We are trying to provide a quality education to as many children as possible. We are grateful to donations from First United Methodist Church in Cañon City, Colo., as well as other individual donors from Colorado, Illinois, and New York to help clothe our schoolchildren. More than $3,500 has been provided this month to prepare the 2009-2010 school year.
Climbing For Christ member Nick Stevens of Loveland, Colo., a member of the Mission: Haiti 2007 team, worked with Miguel while he was in the United States on a curriculum guide for the teachers seminary. Nick and Miguel will continue to develop our education plan. We'll provide updates as the school year proceeds.
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge.” — 2 Peter 1:5 (NIV)
Friday, July 31-Thursday, Aug. 20
CLICK HERE to read daily Dispatches from the Mission: Haiti medical trip to Colorado, which resulted in prosthetics for three children from Gentilhomme.
Monday, July 27
“I'm in the bus that in a few minutes will go to Jimani,” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante e-mailed from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. “We thank God again. Now I have the four passports with visas. I'm very happy for the trip because I truly know God will continue His work in the children.
“We don’t rescue the children. Only we were God’s hand and God’s feet, and when He starts to do something, never He will lack His true words.
“Remember my words when we were coming from Donya’s house [see Mission: Haiti 2008 Trip Report]? ‘If I could. If I could.’ I think God heard my words and He is helping me to do what I cannot.”
“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
— James 2:14-17 (NIV)
Friday, July 24
Good news! Visas have been approved for Haitian children Gilbert, Sainte-Anne and Miche, so they can come to the United States on Aug. 1 for medical procedures. “Thank God for that,” missionary Miguel said.
“Always I thought if they get your e-mail the visas would be approved,” Miguel told us. “This morning when I arrived to the consulate (for a second meeting) they were waiting for me because they had your letter by e-mail. From there I understand, the visas will be done for God's will.”
Miguel and Climbing For Christ member Sarah Brownell will travel from Santo Domingo to New York City, where they'll be met by Elaine and Gary Fallesen. The group will then travel to Colorado for a stay that promises to enable all three children to walk.
Wednesday, July 22
The July seminary was held in the church at Thoman. Thoman uses a community owned building for worship. In the past, this building has been used for voodoo during the week, and then hosts worship on Sunday. The pastor and church leaders of Thoman have asked Climbing For Christ to have their own church building because the community property is in disrepair and, by law, it cannot be refurbished.
Missionary Miguel decided to hold the seminary there to show the people in that village that they should not fear voodoo, but stand against it. “They were talking about people in Thoman who are killing (other) people to take their hearts,” Miguel said. “We, as Christians, shall not be afraid of that. We need to show the power of Jesus.”
Miguel asked pastors and church leaders from the many villages who attend our seminary to meet in Thoman to sleep in this building the night of Tuesday, July 21. All but two pastors did so.
“Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” — 1 Peter 3:14b (NIV)
Tuesday, July 21
Sainte-Anne (left to right), Miche, and Gilbert on their way to Santo Domingo.
Miguel went to the U.S. embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with the three children from Gentilhomme, Haiti whom we are bringing to the U.S. in August for medical procedures. Gilbert Lindor (see “Saving Gilbert”), Sainte-Anne Paul and Miche Fleurisme all had new clothes for the meeting, which was set more than two weeks ago to get the required visas for the kids' travel.
Alas, the meeting was re-scheduled — and now Miguel must travel to Santo Domingo on Friday, July 24 and again on Monday, July 27. Miguel, Mission: Haiti team member Sarah Brownell, and the three children are scheduled to fly from Santo Domingo to Colorado on Saturday, Aug. 1. This is cutting it uncomfortably close. Please lift this in prayer. Everything else is in place for the trip, which — prayerfully — will result in all three walking.
Gilbert is being sized for a prosthetic (thanks to Climbing For Christ member and amputee Craig DeMartino) for the leg that was amputated to save his life in August 2007. Sainte-Anne and Miche will undergo similar surgeries (thanks to Mission: Haiti team member Dr. Steve Quakenbush) to repair knees damaged when they were infants.
Many people have donated money, time, and services to help these young people and to glorify our Lord. We are grateful to these many people. Literally, costs in the tens of thousands of dollars are being waived to make this happen. Pray that visas will be granted so God's promise of healing for these young people can be fulfilled.
Monday, July 6
Wood purchased to make benches for the school and church at Malasi. The cost to build 20 benches (with desktops for students) is $1,265.
Wednesday, July 1
“Last Sunday (June 28), I brought a man from Forret des Pins to the hospital in Jimani,” missionary Miguel said. The man was someone Miguel met while staying in Forret des Pins on his trips to Malasi and Thiotte. The man was ill. Doctors diagnosed him with tuberculosis.
A nurse gives medicine to man with tuberculosis.
“My friends in the hospital are helping me with all the medicine for him,” Miguel said.
Because of this, Miguel is looking into what it would take to “re-open a closed clinic in Forret des Pins.”
“I don’t know why,” Miguel said. “But I feel God is inspiring me to work in this sense. Please start to pray with me about that.”
At this time, Climbing For Christ pays “health insurance” (a minimal monthly payment to the clinic in the Dominican border town of Jimani), where people from villages where we are ministering can go to have illnesses and injuries treated. In December, the Mission: Haiti team members will train individuals in Malasi and Gentilhomme in first aid to improve sorely lacking medical care in the Chaine de la Selle mountains.
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