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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
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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

Mission Moments (July-December)

Sharing news from the mission field...

By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ

Photos by Miguel Rubén Guante unless otherwise noted

Sunday, Dec. 25

Jimani's church celebrated our Savior's birthday today with 69 people. The CHRISTmas message was “thanksgiving.”

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” — Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

“Immediately, (after) the man fall, God gave them the promise of a Savior,” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said. “About 800 years before Christ, He gave the name and instruction over the Savior (through the prophet Isaiah).

In Romans 7:24-25, “Paul asked who may set me free of this body of death. The answer is Jesus.”

“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” — Romans 7:24-25 (NIV)

We rejoice in and with those who gathered for this worship and for the 77 believers — including three of the four who recently gave their hearts to Jesus — at the church at Thoman. We did not receive a report on the number in worship in Gentilhomme and Malasi.

Saturday, Dec. 24

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
— Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

The church at Jimani — a Dominican border town where our missionary Miguel Rubén Guante lives in a Haitian community — met for four hours of worship on CHRISTmas eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Worship at the church at Thoman.

The pastors' monthly seminary could not be done on Friday as missionary Miguel had planned because there were not enough pastors and church leaders in Thoman at the time. The seminary was held on Saturday instead. Miguel tested those who attended on the topics of previous seminaries this year. “There were 48 questions. We worked with three groups and each one got 45 good answers,” Miguel said.

Those in the seminary then put theory into practice. “The activity to fisher a soul for Christ got four souls as a gift for Christ,” Miguel said. “We felt well because we made the activity to call the unbelievers. But the One who make the effective call is God.”

Three of the four new believers in Thoman.

Friday, Nov. 18

Miguel testing children in Jimani, DR.

Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante visited the Haitian school in the Dominican border town of Jimani, where he lives, to observe the teachers he’s been training and to test the children. “The children are going well,” he said.

“It is sad we have not money to cover my trips to see the classes (in Gentilhomme, Malasi and Thoman, Haiti) with the regularity that is needed. Knowing that our teachers are not well prepared in their education, we should be near them more to see their needs and help them.”

Despite the challenges — from a lack of adequately trained teachers to a shortage of supplies — Miguel says it will be “a fruitful school year.” He expects 80 percent of the 270 children in the four schools to pass this year and move up to the next grade.

The fact that there are any schools for these children to attend is a mighty work by the Lord. Before Climbing For Christ visited the Chaine de la Selle mountains these children had nowhere to go to school.

Sunday, Nov. 13

The Haitian church in the Dominican border town of Jimani had 86 people worship today. This body of believers gathered on the building site of the Monte Pou Kris church to “pray and ask God to remember them,” said missionary Miguel Rubén Guante, who lives in Jimani.

Miguel reported that 139 people worshipped in Malasi, plus another 30 brothers and sisters in Christ from another church who were visiting. Thoman had 65 people in worship. That means, “we had a total of 320 people worshipping,” Miguel said.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Singing to Christ joyfully in Thoman.

Miguel visited the church at Thoman as a follow-up to the October seminary. He is beginning to encourage believers “to share with the peoples of Thoman the love of Christ and to make a call to them to search (for) Christ and run far away the hell. As Jesus said in Mathew 4:19, we will catch souls for Jesus as a gift for Him on His birthday.”

When our missionary to Haiti arrived in Thoman, Pastor Luterne was not there. “But the people were very happy with my visit and the reason for it,” Miguel said. “They agree to become fishers of souls for Christ.”

One of the Thoman church leaders, Sentulme, preached about hell (photo above). He focused on Matthew 10:26-34. “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven,” Jesus says in Matthew 10:32-33. “But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.”

Monday, Oct. 31

Seminary meeting in Thoman.

Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante presented a teaching on hell to nine pastors and eight church leaders attending our monthly seminary Saturday in Thoman. The lesson was written by Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley, who is based in Rochester, NY, USA. Jordan has been on two missions to Haiti, including this year’s Evangelic Expedition shortly after he joined C4C’s staff.

“I think that Hell is a topic that is not taught enough in most churches,” Jordan said. “The Church needs to know what we have been saved from, and what we are called to help save others from!”

Miguel thought the teaching was “so good and (an) extraordinary instruction for pastors and leaders” that he asked to split this topic between October and November. In December, the instruction will be on heaven.

Pastors were to preach about hell in their churches after attending the seminary – “to make sure they are calling the people to choose the good way and avoid the hell,” Miguel said.

On Sunday, Malasi reported having 112 people in worship, while Jimani had 86 people gather and Thoman had 75.

“The (seminary) subject was very good, but not too many people,” said Miguel, who blamed poor attendance on cholera outbreaks in some areas.

A cholera outbreak began in Haiti in October 2010 and was blamed on the January 2010 earthquake. Cholera had not been documented in Haiti for decades before that. The original outbreak was confined to Port-au-Prince, but has since been spreading to rural areas. People become infected by ingesting contaminated food or water.

“From Gentilhomme to Foret des Pins and Gwo Cheval many people die,” Miguel reported on Oct. 14. “The Gentilhomme church had 11 people in the hospital.”

In addition to dealing with ongoing physical health crisis and trying to improve training for pastors and church leaders in the monthly seminary, Climbing For Christ continues to provide school supplies. More supplies were delivered to Thoman on Saturday.

Crayons, chalk, and paper were among supplies provided to teachers and students.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Students in Malasi — many dressed in uniforms that have worn well for three years.

Missionary Miguel visited Malasi, hiking about three miles from Piret to visit the Monte Pou Kris church and school. “There everything is going well,” he said. “The church, the people, and the school. Today, there were 53 children in two classes.

“Something very good there is 28 children still using their uniforms (from three years ago). That show how the people give importance to the uniforms. They are in good condition.”

Climbing For Christ has not had funding the past two school years to purchase new uniforms for all the students.

Before going to Malasi, Miguel traveled to Port-au-Prince, where he purchased some school supplies — “notebooks that have double lines to guide the children to do their best writing.” He will purchase the remainder of the supplies for teachers and students in Barahona, Dominican Republic. Those will be delivered soon to the teachers in Gentilhomme and in Thoman.

Friday, Oct. 14

The first week of school ended in the Monte Pou Kris schools in Gentilhomme, Malasi and Thoman. Eighty-two students were in attendance (25 in Gentilhomme, 27 in Malasi and 30 in Thoman). “The low attendance is caused by families (who) could not purchase (supplies) for the children,” missionary Miguel said. “As we had not the basics — chalk, notebooks, pencils — many children came once or twice, but the teachers only talk talk. I promised Milus (our schools' supervisor) to get some boxes of chalk for him tomorrow.”

Boxes of chalk. Just those three words sound pitiful.

Thankfully, today we were able to wire the needed US$801.88 so school supplies can be provided for the teachers and the students in each of the schools. Prayerfully more students will now return to school.

Six donations totaling US$725.26 came as a result of prayer and our appeal to Climbing For Christ members and supporters worldwide. We still need more funding to pay for these supplies and to pay our eight teachers their monthly salary (US$100 each). Please consider giving.

Monday, Oct. 10

The school year, delayed by a lack of funding, began at Climbing For Christ’s schools in Haiti last Monday, Oct. 3.

The new year started where the last school year ended: in a state of need.

“We have not nothing — from chalk to notebooks,” said Miguel Rubén Guante, Climbing For Christ’s missionary to Haiti.

The needs are basic and simple, and not extraordinarily expensive. For instance, chalk for eight teachers in the four Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) schools costs US$36. The total need for teacher materials is $209.40.

There are 100 students divided into three classes at the Monte Pou Kris school in Thoman. These are two of the classes, photographed in February during Mission: Haiti 2011. (Photos by Gary Fallesen)

Currently, there are 270 children in the Climbing For Christ schools. Most of them would not be receiving an education without our presence in Gentilhomme, Malasi, Thoman, and in the Haitian community in the Dominican border town of Jimani.

To provide each student with two notebooks, pencils, a sharpener, erasers, and crayons costs US$2.19. That adds up to US$592.48 for materials for all of the schoolchildren.

We need US$801.88 to provide basic supplies for our teachers and students. This does not seem like a lot, but with a monthly budget of US$2,765 any extras are hard for us to come by.

Would you consider helping the work being accomplished by Mission: Haiti? Send your gift to Climbing For Christ at P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA or CLICK HERE and make your donation via PayPal.

Education is a priority for Climbing For Christ in Haiti. We know that to break the generational grip that voodoo has on the people there we must teach them right from wrong. Our schools are Bible based. “Train up a child in the way he should go,” it says in Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV), “and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Teacher training in Thoman on Sept. 7.

In late August, the teachers began calling on Miguel to find out the plan for the coming school year. We had struggled to provide US$100 a month for each of our eight teachers last school year and Miguel did not want to start the 2011-2012 academic calendar if we could not pay the teachers.

Third grade in Jimani.

School did open in Jimani on Sept. 6. There are 50 children divided into three classes.

On Sept. 7, Miguel traveled to Thoman to meet with the eight teachers. He covered the objectives of education and many other topics put together for Monte Pou Kris by Mission: Haiti 2007 team member Nick Stevens of Fort Collins, CO, USA.

We feel what Miguel is teaching the teachers is very, very good, and covers a great deal of information. We told Miguel he may want to return to what he has taught again the next time, just to be sure it is understood. Repetition is good — with teachers, with pastors and church leaders, and with school children and members of the church. Especially when we are fighting an enemy who uses deception, lies, and confusion to keep people off the narrow path to God.

Miguel has been waiting for funding to provide supplies to revisit the teachers in Haiti. He had said, “I shall visit the villages to meet with the (families) to encourage them to send the children to school and to keep them in school. The people always are waiting for our help in the beginning of the classes. For the teachers we have not any materials, like chalk, notebooks, etc.”

It is our prayer that this appeal will be answered and God will provide through His people to give teachers and students what is needed for this school year.

 

Friday, Sept. 30

It was a “double birthday” celebration for Gilbert on Thursday. He turned 18 and it has been four years since his “resurrection” (as missionary Miguel calls it) from the death bed.

 

Happy birthday, Gilbert!

Gilbert (in missionary Miguel's house) with support money he receives each month from Climbing For Christ through a generous donation by Ron and Marsha Hogan of Golden, CO, USA.

Gilbert’s story is well documented on many pages on this Web site: How he fell and severely broke his leg while playing with a friend in the ravines around the mountain village of Gentilhomme. How he suffered for 27 days because there was no medical care nearby and his parents did not know what to do. How his father had dug his grave and, indeed, would have placed his son in it possibly within three days when Miguel followed his nose to the Lindor home on the slopes of Mon Boucar (Mountain of Fire).

Miguel was able to smell Gilbert’s leg from afar because gangrene had set in and the limb was rotting. But God stepped in that day in August 2007 and rescued Gilbert from the clutches of death. He used us to evacuate Gilbert and take him to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he lost his leg but had his life restored. [CLICK HERE for “Saving Gilbert.”]

“As the Bible says, one sows the seed, others clean the seeds, but the One who makes the seed give harvest is God,” Miguel said on Gilbert’s birthday. “I sow the seed, Climbing For Christ cleans the seeds, and God saved Gilbert through us.”

In 2009, Climbing For Christ brought Gilbert to America. He was given a prosthetic leg by Joe Johnson's Quorum Orthopedics office in Windsor, Colo. [CLICK HERE to read the “Medical Trip” Dispatches.] Although the terrain where he lives has made the use of this prosthetic problematic, he has recently expressed an interest in again using the leg.

On July 24, 2010, Gilbert was baptized in the Dominican border town of Jimani, where he lives with Miguel in the Haitian community that crowds a hillside there. A life that had been saved was rededicated to the One who loves.

Earlier this year, I told Gilbert: “He who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

 

Wednesday, Sept. 28

The church at Thoman celebrated the first anniversary of the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) building on Saturday, Sept. 24 with worship, baptism, the monthly seminary, and a wedding. It was a big day full of rejoicing in Thoman. Or, as missionary Miguel said, “a long day working in God’s business.”

 

Worship at Thoman

The church at Thoman gathers to worship, above, with the church's choir singing praise and worship, below. CLICK HERE to see how the patience of this church was rewarded.

 

Thoman choir
Baptism

Two new members are welcomed into Christ’s family through baptism.

Twenty pastors and church leaders gathered for a study on salvation, which was prepared by Miguel and Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley. “It (was) a wonderful topic,” Miguel said. “It will be good material for the use of the pastors to preach in their churches. It is appropriate material to show the love of Jesus by His sacrifice.”

The teaching showed pastors and church leaders how salvation is “the deliverance by God of a sinner from His own righteous judgment.” It instructed that salvation is a gift from God (John 1:13, Romans 9:16 and Romans 6:23), provided for all (John 3:16, Romans 5:18 and 1 Timothy 2:4), but applied only to those who believe (Romans 3:24-25). Instruction followed on role the will of man plays, the saving acts of God, the stages and characteristics of salvation, and how someone becomes saved (believe, trust, put your faith in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross for your salvation, and repent of sin).

“I think it will be a very, very good encouragement to the pastors and leaders,” Miguel said.

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” — John 1:12 (NIV)

 

Sunday, Sept. 11

“How are you on the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center destruction?” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante asked. “God is taking care of the powered country? Give thanks to Him for that. The C4C churches are praying for the USA today. Jimani made a special prayer.”

Ninety-nine people gather in worship in the Haitian church in Dominican border town of Jimani, while Malasi reported 75 people in worship and Thoman had 68 — a total of 242 people in three of our churches. It was a very blessed day.

Tuesday, Sept. 6

Schools are re-opening in Haiti, including the Haitian school in the Dominican border town of Jimani (above). Missionary Miguel reported 26 children in school today (14 in kindergarten, eight in the first-year class, and four in second year). “We are supposed to have around 60 children,” Miguel said. “But they are not ready to come to school without our help as we did in the past.”

Students are in need of supplies and uniforms (pants, skirts, shirts and shoes).

CLICK HERE to learn more about the needs herei and to read “The Answer to questions in Haiti.”

Thursday, Sept. 1

The Monte Pou Kris monthly seminary met on Wednesday in Thoman. Our missionary, Miguel Ruben Guante, taught a lesson prepared by Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley. The teaching was on sin — original sin, the nature of sin, the effects of sin (Romans 6:23), and the defeat of sin.

“The seminary was very good,” Miguel reported. “The people like a lot of the subject.”

Nine pastors and 13 church leaders attended. Miguel divided the seminary into three groups to work on questions and come to an understanding of the lesson.

Sunday, Aug. 21

While funding continues to be hard to come by, the Lord pours out His blessings on His church. Or, as missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said, “while we are going down financially, the churches are going up. We shall thank God for that.”

On this day, the Haitian church in the Dominican border town of Jimani had 110 people in worship, 96 worshiped in Malasi and 68 worshiped in Thoman. That's 274 souls in worship, not counting Gentilhomme, which did not report in.

This is good news amidst ongoing struggles to raise support. We remain more than US$5,800 underfunded for Mission: Haiti.

Sunday, July 31

There were 213 people in worship in three of the four Monte Pou Kris churches — Jimani, DR (87), Thoman (65) and Malasi (61). There was no report from Gentilhomme. Pastor Tresin was with missionary Miguel and Tresin's ill son in Jimani. Timesage Tresin has been ill for some time and is now being examined in the hospitals on the Dominican side of the border.

Saturday, July 30

Climbing For Christ's Haitian church in the Dominican border town of Jimani baptized six new members.

Thursday, July 28

July's seminary was “very exciting” with 25 pastors and church leaders attending, missionary Miguel Rubén Guante reported. “The subject (funerals) was very, very interesting for the pastors and leaders.” The teaching included “how to carry out a funeral act,” and what is to be done at the church and at the cemetery. Unfortunately, in Haiti there are many opportunities to practice this.

The monthly seminary also occurred one year after Pastor Luterne of Thoman had his serious motorbike accident. “We made a prayer for him before we started the seminary,” Miguel said.

Praying over Pastor Luterne, above. Below, food for the pastors and church leaders, which is provided by Climbing For Christ.

Pastor Tresin of Gentilhomme attended the seminary after many months of absences, causing concern among the C4C leadership. His presence was linked to the illness of one of his children — his son Timesage. Pastor Tresin “asked me to bring his son to the hospital for him.”

Miguel waited overnight in his hometown of Thiotte so Pastor Tresin could deliver Timesage to Soliette this morning. Miguel then brought him across the border to Jimani, Dominican Republic. He will be taken to the hospital in Jimani on Friday. He has been suffering severe abdominal pains.

We were pained to hear that the God truck experience four flat tires on the trip to this month's seminary.

Sunday, July 17

The church at Malasi.

Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante preached about forgiveness — using the story of Jesus washing feet, including those of Judas, in John 13:1-7 — at the church at Malasi, where 63 people worshiped. There were 72 worshiping in Thoman and 60 in the Dominican border town of Jimani. We did not get a report from Gentilhomme, but these numbers are similar to July 10 for the Monte Pou Kris church.

“The people, the church, the farms are not well,” Miguel said, pointing out that some people have experienced cholera and there has been too much rain this year.

“There still has not been a harvest, so they have not money. (What is bad) for the farms is too much  rain. The corn, the beans, the potato they don't need much water. When they get too much rain, it is bad for the harvest. That is the case of Malasi now.

“I hope the rain stops for some time to avoid losing the good beans. Pray for God to look after the Malasi farmers.”

Sunday, July 10

The church at Thoman.

“Here, everything is well in God our Savior,” Climbing For Christ's missionary to Haiti said.

Miguel Rubén Guante reported from Thoman that 77 people attended church to worship the Lord. In Gentilhomme, there were 112 people worshiping; in Malasi, there were 72; and in the Dominican border town of Jimani, there were 89. So 350 came to worship in Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) churches.

This was a great encouragement at a time when there is much difficulty funding the work the Lord is doing through C4C in Haiti.

“I hope God will provide for his work,” Miguel states. “I think soon He will answer our prayer as He did with Hezekiah. As Hezekiah pray, we may pray to God asking him to add some time to our responsibilities.

“I think, too, it was not good for Hezekiah to show God how he was walking and what he did well. Any good things we do is because He did it through us. We can ask God where we fail in our work and help us return and correct our mistakes. If He decided (rescuing) Gilbert, Donya, Carmen, Miche, Sainte-Anne, and the churches that were built were our part in Haiti, please show us (what is next). Let us know His own desire for Haiti and for us.”

“...‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you...'” — 2 Kings 20:5 (NIV)


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The Word

“...seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things [what you will eat, drink, and wear] will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
— Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)


Helping Hands

Climbing For Christ has a need for more than US$6,000 to continue the daily work the Lord is doing through us in the mountains of Haiti. We are working in villages where no other ministries are serving the spiritual and physical needs of thousands of the poorest people in the world.

Can you help?

Please pray for God's provision and consider supporting this cause. Send your gift to Climbing For Christ at P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA. Or CLICK HERE to give online via PayPal.

 

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