Mission: Haiti 2009
Church builds in Malasi and Thoman
By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ
The field where a church will be constructed in Thoman, Haiti.
God took us to Haiti in 2005 and He gave us these words: “… Se sou wòch sa a m'ap bati legliz mwen. Ata lanmò p'ap kapab fè l' anyen” (Matye 16:18).
That’s Creole, the native language of Haiti, for “… and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18, NIV).
Four years later, the church building continues. God is using Climbing For Christ to build His church in Malasi and Thoman, two of the villages in which we’ve been ministering. Construction was set to begin on Oct. 24, 2009.
It is an exciting time. God has provided the funding to construct new buildings in two places that had asked for help some time ago.
The existing church has been falling apart. One of the four walls came down last year. We temporarily replaced that earlier this year. But the structure was in serious disrepair.
The old church, above, and the site for the new church, below. The existing building on this land was removed.
The church there has been worshipping in a community-owned building that was also shared by voodooists in the past.
The old Thoman church.
Both of the pastors at these churches — Pastor Vilcuis Verite in Malasi and Pastor Luterne Polissain in Thoman — have been a blessing as partners in Climbing For Christ’s efforts in the Chaine de la Selle mountains of southeastern Haiti. They have also been extremely patient in waiting on the Lord to provide. We thank God for doing so in His perfect time.
Pastor Vilcuis, left, with Creole Bibles provided for his church by Climbing For Christ in May 2009. Below, Pastor Luterne attending Climbing For Christ's monthly seminary in the church at Thoman in August 2009, wearing a Colorado T-shirt that our missionary Miguel gave him after visiting the States on our special medical trip.
“It is very good our work in Haiti,” said Miguel Rubén Guante, a Haitian who serves as Climbing For Christ’s missionary to Hispaniola. “My ultimate intention in all I'm doing in Haiti is getting the Haitian to two high places — one in heaven and the other in their country.”
As always, we seek to help those in spiritual and physical need.
We have done so by building and supporting churches and schools, providing help with sanitation, water, agriculture and medicine, delivering food in desperate times, and teaching pastors and church leaders in a monthly seminary. More than US$100,000 in funding will go to Mission: Haiti in 2009, including an estimated $10,500 each for the churches in Malasi and Thoman.
We are blessed to be a blessing, serving as our Lord's hands and feet. To God alone be the glory!
Posted Oct. 23, 2009