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Evangelic Expeditions

Mission: Haiti 2010
Dispatches
Plan for Haiti 2010-11
Mission Moments (Jan.-June)
Mission Moments (July-Dec.)
A Bicycle Built for Haiti

Mission: Haiti 2009
Dispatches 
 – Team Bios 
 – Another heart for Haiti
Special Report: Plan for Haiti 
 – Sanitation: Don't Flush Their Future
 – Drinkable Water 
 – Change ... for Haiti
Church Builds: Malasi and Thoman
Mission Moments (July-Dec.)
 – Medical Trip
Mission Moments (Jan.-June)
 – Mini-Mission Trip Report 
 – 'The God truck'
State of Emergency 
 – Emergency Mission
 – Dispatches
In the News

Mission: Haiti 2008
Trip Report
Trip Reflections 
Dispatches 
  – Team Bios
Mission Moments (July-Dec.)
Mission Moments (Jan.-June)  
  – Hope For Haiti
Adopt a Village
State of Haiti
Let Them Eat ... Dirt
Hunger in Haiti
Caring for Creation: Service to the Poor
Haiti Needs a Hand, Not a Handout
A brother from another planet
Sick Haiti needs a Doctor
His accomplishments
News on Haiti 
  – Page 2
  – Page 3
  – Voodoo is NOT the answer 
  – Terror's new target: Children

Mission: Haiti 2007 
December Trip
Dispatches  
Trip Report
Team Bios
April Trip 
'Love One Another'
Dispatches
Trip Report
Special Report: Plan for Haiti 
  – Help for Haiti 
  – Saving Gilbert 
  – 'The least of these'
The power of One
Meet the missionary 
Maps

Mission: Haiti 2006
Haiti Dispatches
Photo Page
Jeantilhome Church 
  – What's Next? 
  – School 
  – Medical facility
A View of Haiti
Mission HIStory
“Share the Wealth” benefit

Mission: Dominican Republic 2005
DR Dispatches
“Right Where God Wanted Us”
Faces of Haiti

 

Mission: Haiti 2010

‘Only God is big enough to help’

By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ

We sat outside Pastor Almando’s rundown home in Gentilhomme, Haiti, looking at the many sick children around us. Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante wondered if there was some sort of ointment we could put on the children to help their skin problems.

I told him that would only address a symptom, not the root of the problem. Poor nutrition and sanitation lead to serious medical issues.

“It is a big problem,” Miguel said, as he followed me up the trail. He recognized that if this was an issue in just one village, we could help. But “our arm is too short” to solve this problem through the mountains, Miguel said, his arms outstretched as far as they would go (photo above).

“Only God is big enough to help.”

We are God’s hands and feet, sent to Haitian mountain villages such as Gentilhomme, Malasi, Thoman, Soliette, and beyond. We are trying to help with the physical needs — water, food, sanitation, and health. But those physical needs are only symptoms of a much deeper ill. Haiti needs spiritual healing.

Haiti needs Jezi.

So we teach and preach about Jesus. We deliver the Good News found in His Word. We meet with pastors and leaders from a dozen churches in 11 villages who attend our monthly seminary. We visit schools to share Gospel stories with children who are the hope of Haiti’s future. We pray for a people who are products of a culture possessed by voodoo and the lies of the evil one.

Young girl in Malasi going for water.

More churches and schools are coming in 2010. Climbing For Christ is currently affiliated with four churches: Gentilhomme, Malasi and Thoman in Haiti, and Jimani on the Dominican side of the border just east of the Chaine de la Selle mountain villages where we have been ministering since the summer of 2005. We have built or are building churches and schools in each of those four villages. Two others — a second church in Gentilhomme and a church in Soliette — are under prayerful consideration for affiliation. We are planning to rebuild a school in Soliette that was first destroyed by a flood in 2004 and then wrecked by a hurricane in 2007.

We are supporting six teachers of nearly 300 students in three schools during the 2009-2010 academic year. Those teachers attend monthly training, much like the seminary that is equipping pastors and church leaders to do the Lord’s work. This is the third year for the Climbing For Christ seminary.

The Seedling Bank project will continue as we aid hundreds of farmers in an attempt to grow better and more sustainable crops. An emphasis will be placed on educating people about nutrition, and the need for improved diets and consumption of water. To help with the latter, we hope our delayed Gentilhomme water project will come to fruition in March 2010. A program on sanitation is another goal for 2010.

Medical assistance, which began on a short-term mission in 2008 and continued through 2009, will go on. Dr. Steve Quakenbush of Cañon City, Colo. gave several individuals in Gentilhomme and Malasi some basic medical training during the December 2009 mission. Our goal is to empower and supply these villages with ever-improving health conditions.

But we are interested in more than the physical health of our Haitian friends. Our primary goal is to help improve the spiritual health of those living in the mountains of Haiti. We serve a God who is big enough to heal these people and their land. He is the Great Physician, the maker of heaven and earth.

Posted Dec. 29, 2009

The Word

“Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.”
— Jeremiah 9:1, a verse shared by Climbing For Christ missionary Miguel Rubén Guante, a native of Haiti, for the people of his spiritually embattled country.

His plan

The next two Evangelic Expeditions to Haiti...

March 2010: Church dedication in Malasi, water project in Gentilhomme, and continuing health clinics.

January 2011: Short-term team being sent to continue ongoing work in all areas (spiritual, education, agriculture, water, sanitation, and nutrition).

 

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