Mission: Haiti 2012
When: March 12-22.
Purpose: To continue ongoing work in all areas: spiritual, medical, educational, agricultural, sanitation, water and nutrition. But especially to focus on spiritual teaching and seek to improve relationships with Jesus. Unless the people of this land turn from their wicked ways and focus on Christ alone all of the other work being done here will go to waste.
Estimated cost: $1,800, includes airfare, ground transport, accommodations, food.
The original Gentilhomme church — made of thatch.
By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ
In my mind, in my memory, I hear Pastor Meristaine Tresin speaking to me in English. But he does not speak English. He is a Haitian pastor who speaks Creole. I do not speak Creole. Yet I can hear clearly the words that passed from his lips to my heart.
“I have prayed for two years for God to send help.”
I got Godbumps, knowing Climbing For Christ was the help the Lord chose to send. It was Sunday, June 26, 2005 in the mountain village of Gentilhomme, Haiti. What Pastor Tresin said he needed was a church; a structure better than the roofless, three thatch walls, and dirt floor where we were standing.
In my journal I wrote:
“This is what Climbing For Christ is about: a village unreached by missionaries in a mountainous area. These are Haitian hill people, tending to cattle on steep slopes. I pledge to help the pastor and his flock. We have a new mission: send a team to build a church.”
Help was on its way. We returned in April 2006 to put the finishing touches on the church at Gentilhomme. We supported and supplied a school. We delivered medicine, food, sanitation, and clean water — in the name of Jesus and to the glory of God.
In all, there have been eight short-term mission trips to Haiti. We support a full-time Haitian missionary (Miguel Rubén Guante), and have since the beginning. This mission is a 24/7 operation with four church builds, four schools with six teachers who receive monthly support, a seminary that meets each month to train pastors and church leaders from more than a dozen villages, and on and on.
CLICK HERE to read more of this story, “HIStory — Team finds a village on a hill in need of help.”
A complete physical exam is required of all team members. Paperwork (Medical Form and Certification of Physical Fitness AND Acknowledgement of Risk Form) must be completed and returned in a timely manner. A team first-aid kit will be carried and any special medical concerns must be made known to the trip leader.
Vaccinations are recommended for:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
You will also need malaria medicine. Check with your personal physician or local travel clinic for the proper medication.
We also require medical insurance. We can help you arrange travel insurance, which covers any medical or personal accidents and in case any evacuation is required.
Preparing for your trip
Training is obviously essential for any mission trip. We urge “PMS”: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual training. Run to build endurance. Do “LSD”: Long, Slow Distances. Climb and hike as well. Nothing trains the body to go up (and come down) for climbing like climbing. Head for the hills near you. Push yourself as you train — this will build your mental toughness as well. There may be days on the mountain or in the mission field when you are not feeling 100 percent, but you still need to perform. This is where the mental training comes into play. But, most importantly, be in the Word. Read your Bibles and be in constant prayer. Get spiritually fit! Talk to God about how He can use you and how you can glorify Him through this Evangelic Expedition. Everything starts in prayer!
Along those lines, if you have specific prayer requests, Climbing For Christ has an international PRAYER TEAM that can lift your needs to the Lord. This team will be praying for you by name as you prepare to GO!
Subject to change
Be prepared for change. To succeed in missions, you need to be flexible. This is about following God's plan, not our own. The Climbing For Christ mantra is found in Proverbs 16:9, which states: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
To God alone be the glory!
E-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org to request a mission application.
Posted July 25, 2011