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Mission: Haiti 2011
Dispatches
Team Bios
Mission Moments (Jan.-June)
Mission Moments (July-Dec.)
Mission HIStory
Church at Thoman

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
Gentilhomme Church
What's Next?
School
Medical facility
A View of Haiti
“Share the Wealth” benefit

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

 

Mission: Haiti 2011

Through faith and patience inherit what has been promised

A touching moment: Pastor Luterne hugs missionary Miguel Rubén Guante during the dedication of the church at Thoman.

Our missionary to Haiti, Miguel Rubén Guante, made his first visit to the church at Thoman in May 2007. Pastor Luterne Polissain had requested the visit one month earlier when Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen was in the area and he asked if C4C could build his congregation a church. At the time, they were worshipping in a community-owned building that had been shared with voodooists.

We took this request under prayerful consideration, but it did not feel right. “Thoman was not a good place for C4C work,” Miguel remembered us deciding. Our mission is to go where others cannot or will not. Thoman is a village on a road (albeit made of dirt and stones) on the way into the Chaine de la Selle range, where Climbing For Christ has ministered since the summer of 2005.

But after many months we realized no one else was going to Thoman. God had put it in our path. It was our responsibility.

“The difficulty could have been the faith and patience of Pastor Luterne to wait,” Miguel said, “but he and the church leaders were able to wait patiently for God's answer.” And God's provision. Funding - or a lack thereof - delayed the building of a new church for some time.

Despite this, Miguel said Pastor Luterne never despaired. “Often he said, when he got married he wrote in his house: 'Patience.'”

The church at Thoman.

In late 2009, work began on the church at Thoman. It was completed and dedicated to the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010.

Pastor Luterne had waited 3 1/3 years for that moment. And he nearly wasn't there to see it. On July 27, he was in a motorbike accident, suffering head injuries that hospitalized him for three weeks. When he left the hospital, Miguel said, it was “not because he was well, but (because) he wanted to be near the church.”

The church is not a building, but a body. A body of believers. Pastor Luterne is a living example of this. He is a Colossians 3:12 type of servant.

Pastor Luterne dances with family at the dedication of the church at Thoman.

“Let me tell you something, my joy was so great, I could not stop crying,” Miguel said after the church's dedication. In spite of (or, perhaps, because of) the hardship and suffering he sees daily in Haiti, Miguel is not often moved to tears. But witnessing Pastor Luterne and seeing his patience rewarded in a very real way was too much for Miguel.

“Until now, I had not seen a pastor feel so much glad, joyful to God through C4C for a church building like Pastor Luterne and his sons,” he said. “All his daughters and sons were singing and crying for joy. Praise God to help all this joy (so it) can be used for His glory.”


This story originally appeared in The Climbing Way (Volume 20, Winter 2010-2011).

Posted June 26, 2011

The Word

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
— Colossians 3:12 (NIV)


HIStory

The church at Thoman was the third to be built and dedicated to the Lord by Climbing For Christ (Monte Pou Kris in Haiti). Gentilhomme (2006) and Malasi (early 2010) were the first two. Currently, another Climbing For Christ church is under construction in the Dominican border town of Jimani, where C4C missionary Miguel Rubén Guante lives in a community of Haitians.

“In our four churches, we have around 600 people worshipping the true God,” Miguel said. “We have around 400 children in our schools (which are housed in each of the four churches).”

Additionally, Climbing For Christ has assisted with agricultural, medical, sanitation, and water needs, all the while addressing the more important spiritual needs through a monthly seminary attended by pastors and church leaders from more than one dozen villages. Our ninth short-term mission to Haiti was held Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2011.


 

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