Mission: Haiti 2011
Team members: Gary Fallesen, Hilton, N.Y., USA; Lisa Mehle Glab, Cañon City, Colo., USA; Miguel Rubén Guante, Jimani, Dominican Republic; Justin Johnson, Rock Springs, Wyo., USA; Rosie Joseph, Nan Sab, Borgne, Haiti; Eileen Lakey, Cañon City, Colo., USA; Steve Quakenbush, Cañon City, Colo., USA; Jordan Rowley, Rochester, N.Y., USA.
Gary Fallesen with children in Malasi, Haiti.
Age: 51. Residence: Hilton, N.Y., USA. Family: Married to Elaine for 28 years, and father of Jesse, 21, and Hayley, 16. Occupation: Founding president of Climbing For Christ. Church: Hope Lutheran in Greece, N.Y. Missions with C4C: This will be my 22nd Evangelic Expedition (the ninth trip to Haiti since the summer of 2005).
How long have you climbed? Since 1996. Type of climbing you do: Mostly hiking/trekking and mountaineering. Highlight of climbing career: When it comes to Haiti, it's probably the rescue of Gilbert Lindor from the jaws of death. We continue to pray for a shield of protection around this young man, whom the Lord could use mightily to reach his people.
How long have you been a Christian? Since 1983. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Acts 1:8 — being His witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Also, serving on a worship creative team at our family's home church, where I got my first taste of ministry leadership as drama director from 1996-2005.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): 2 Corinthians 9:15. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” A reminder that I can and should give more of myself to others and especially to the Lord because He gave us everything!
What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? A fullfillment of Matthew 24:14 (“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come”).
Lisa Mehle Glab
Lisa with a Haitian baby.
Age: 41. Residence: Cañon City, Colo., USA. Family: Husband Greg, son Joe (14 years old) and son Nathan (10). Occupation: Surgical Services Support. Church: Currently searching for a new spiritual home. Missions with C4C: Third trip to Haiti.
How long have you climbed? I’m more of a hiker than a climber.
How long have you been a Christian? Many years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Taking care of peoples' needs.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Psalm 121. This was my “Gramies” favorite Scripture verse and, because of her love of God, me and mountains, it brings me comfort and reminds me of God's great and mighty power.
What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? I’m having a time putting my thoughts down. I would love to be able to spend more than just two weeks at a time on our Haiti missions. It’s a place full of contradictions, but God has placed the needs of these people on my heart. I know that’s why I keep going back, and will continue to go as long as He leads me there.
Miguel Rubén Guante
Miguel amidst children after school in Malasi.
Age: 50. Residence: Jimani, Dominican Republic. Family: Married with six children, plus Gilbert, Sainte-Anne and Miche. Occupation: Pastor, seminary teacher and missionary. Church: Originally Christian Reformed Church, currently Iglesia Subiendo para Cristo. Missions with C4C: All nine short-term Mission: Haiti trips. But Miguel works 24/7 in the Haitian (and Dominican) mission field.
How long have you climbed? Four years. Type climbing you do: Mountain, taking care of the people in the mountain, preaching against the voodoo and the extreme poverty. Highlight of climbing career: Gilbert's rescue.
How long are you been Christian? 28 years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Children's teacher, preacher for several years, pastor, and pastor's seminary teacher.
Favorite scripture verse and why? Psalm 1 and 121; and Matthew 6:33. It is a promise of God in this Psalm (1) that if I keep me as David said in the Psalm 1, I will be badly in need. Because He is the only One who can take care of me at any time and at anywhere in any hour. He can't feel tired, He doesn't need to sleep, and He always take care and help me. I must keep my eye on Him, not on what He can do for me and be satisfied with what He give me.
What does Climbing for Christ mean to you? An opportunity to be God's feet and God's hands. God has made me a very, very wise man, but I had not the opportunity to use my intelligence for God's work. I have this in Climbing for Christ.
Justin manning the puppet “Bob” for teaching in Gentilhomme.
Age: 29. Residence: Rock Springs, Wyo., USA. Family: Just me, never married, no children. Father (Ken Johnson), stepmother (Jill Johnson), mother (Carol McDermant), brother (Gerald Johnson), sister in-law (Vanessa Johnson), and nephew (Chris Johnson). Occupation: Rental Manager/ Diesel Mechanic. Church: United Methodist. Missions with C4C: First.
How long have you climbed? 14 years. Type of climbing you do: A little rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, big-game hunting, bird hunting. Highlight of climbing career: Everytime I am able to get out in nature is a highlight for me.
How long have you been a Christian? All of my life. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Methodist.
Favorite Scipture verse (and why): “Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 24:13-14). Knowledge is everything, the more you know the better off you will be.
What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? Climbing For Christ to me is getting the chance to help people that would not usually be able to get help, to help those who otherwise would not get help.
Rosie greeting Miguel, left, and ministry friend Janelle at the start of Mission: Haiti 2010.
Age: 71. Residence: Nan Sab, Borgne, Haiti. Family: I am a widow two times. I had two children who have since died, leaving four grandchildren, three of which I helped raise. I have one great grandchild, who is 9 months old. My mother is still alive and lives with me in Nan Sab. She was born in 1888! My brother Jimmy also lives with us with his two grandsons. I lived in the Bahamas for 28 years before I moved back to Haiti to take care of my grandchildren when my daughter died. I visited Florida many times while I lived in the Bahamas. Occupation: I am a farmer/gardener and I make straw baskets. I am also the administrator of the Sant Teknologi Bwase Lide (Brainstorming Technology Center), which promotes ecological sanitation and simple technologies to improve health. I work for the Maranatha church as a teacher of artisana (basket making, crochet, etc.). Missions with C4C: Third serving on Mission: Haiti.
How long have you climbed? I don’t climb for pleasure, but I live in an area of many mountains and have climbed since I was born. Type of climbing you do: Climbing on foot. Highlight of climbing career: I love to see the beautiful ocean and the cruise ship way out on the horizon and to see my house so far away.
How long have you been a Christian? 20 years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Pray every morning, pray with people who are sick, visiting the elderly, hold a service 4:30-6:00 each morning, love everybody and serve the community by helping my neighbors, taking in abandoned children, sharing food, etc.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12. You need to work with your hands so you don’t need to depend on others. The people who do not believe in Christ will respect you for what you do. Psalms 27, 91, 103. The Psalms are how I say thank you to God for keeping me alive and all my blessings. Romans 8:1-4. I try not to sin anymore and live in God’s grace.
Eileen teaching about brushing teeth in Gentilhomme.
Age: 66. Residence: Cañon City, Colo., USA. Family: Single, two grown children — Lisa and Greg. Occupation: Retired elementary teacher with over 35 years of experience. Now serving as the coodinator of the Canon City Literacy Center where we offer free tutoring to children in reading. Church: First United Methodist Church, Cañon City. Missions with C4C: First.
How long have you climbed? As a child and young adult, I hiked in the hills and mountains of Colorado just for fun when fishing and camping. Type of climbing you do: Just simple hiking. Highlight of climbing career: None really, just did it with my friends and family for fun.
How long have you been a Christian? Since I was nine years old- when my mom, sister and I all accepted Jesus as our Savior and were all baptized together. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: KIDS - I believe God has blessed me with the gift of working with children. I taught school for over 35 years and have been the leader of Children Church for the last eight years. Kids are so receptive to God and the message of salvation. I have learned from them why Jesus said we have to become like children in our walk of faith.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Isaiah 40:31 has become a favorite of mine because I have claimed that promise of renewed strength for the spiritual, mental and physical needs in my life as I have gotten older and God has kept His promise. I am claiming this promise of renewed strength for my trip to Haiti. I also love Psalm 103 with all its statements of how wonderful God truly is.
What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? A chance to share God's love with the mountain people of Haiti and to grow in my faith and walk with Him as God uses me. I count it an awesome blessing and thankful that my Father has promised to supply us with all we need when we serve Him. I am counting on that promise.
Jordan Rowley on Mission: Haiti 2009.
Age: 26. Residence: Rochester, N.Y., USA. Family: I am truly blessed beyond measure with the family that the Lord has given me. I have the most awesome wife ever named Michelle, the coolest 3-year-old girl ever named Abigail (Abby), and the best 10-month-old twin girls in all of history named Grace and Sarah. Occupation: Spiritual coordinator of Climbing For Christ. Church: Living Water Christian Fellowship. Missions with C4C: Haiti 2009.
How long have you climbed? I’ve always enjoyed hiking through God’s beautiful creation. I have taken climbing more seriously only in the past few years. Type of climbing you do: Whatever type is needed to go where the Lord leads. Highlight of climbing career: The highlight of my short climbing career has to be being a part of the 2009 Climbing For Christ trip to Haiti. I was totally blessed to be a part of what our great God has done and continues to do in Haiti through C4C. The team that the Lord put together was fantastic.
How long have you been a Christian? I have been a Christian for about 10 years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: I’m grateful to have my sweet family as the first ministry the Lord has given me. I’m also blessed to be able to minister through my job as Spiritual Coordinator at Climbing For Christ.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Right now, it's Colossians 3:16-17, which says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” I love these verses because they are what I want my whole life to be about! Being filled with the word, with wisdom, with praise and thanks; all for His Glory!
What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? I think Climbing For Christ is an awesome ministry! I’m so blessed to be a part of it. To me Climbing For Christ is as big as fulfilling the great commission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and hurting world, and as simple as showing the love of Jesus to a someone living right next door. I’m excited to be involved in this ministry and I look forward to seeing all that Lord is going to continue to do through it. I believe that the Lord has many more great things that He wills to do through Climbing for Christ. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” — Ephesians 2:10.
Dr. Steve treating a patient in the mission house in Gentilhomme.
Age: 58. Residence: Cañon City, Colo., USA. Family: wife Barbara, children Brandon (31), Brooke (28 and married to Justin Lee), and Laura (26 and married to Adam Copper). We are blessed to have three beautiful grandchildren. Occupation: Physician Assistant. Church: First United Methodist Church, Cañon City. Missions with C4C: Fourth to Haiti.
How long have you climbed? First climb was while living in Leadville, Colo. in 1978. Leadville is the highest incorporated city in North America at 10,200 feet. Type of climbing you do: I have climbed three 14ers many years ago. I now hike in the mountains surrounding Cañon City in the Front Range. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing the mountain to Gentilhomme, Haiti, for the first time in 2008.
How long have you been a Christian? All of my life. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: I am blessed to be involved so directly with the ministry of Climbing For Christ. I am also blessed to serve my home congregation as chairman of our mission's team and to serve on our church council.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): I have many relating to the grace and salvation of our Lord. The Scripture that touches my heart the most would be Matthew 25:40, “I tell you the truth, whatsoever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me.”
Special “God moment” you'd like to share: Many, many in my life. The marriage to my awesoem wife and the birth of my children and grandchildren. I remember many “God moments” in the mountains of Haiti. One that touched me in a profound way was one evening in the mission house after a long day of clinics. Three little black faces, half naked, cold and hungry peering through the door at us. We gave them food and I wept.
What does Climbing For Christ mean to you? I know as certain as anything, that I was made by our great God to serve the poorest of the poor. For many years I had prayed to for God to send me forth to serve the “least of these.” In God's great time, He brought Climbing For Christ to me. It was not by accident or by luck, but by divine providence that I am now blessed beyond measure to be able to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the remote areas of Haiti.
Posted Jan. 20, 2011 / Updated Feb. 12, 2011