The month of January brought a new start to a church-building project in the Haitian community living in the Dominican border town of Jimani. This is where Climbing For Christ Dominican Republic and the mission to Haiti is based; it is home to missionary Miguel Rubén Guante.
The Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ in Creole) church at Jimani is our fourth Haitian church. We have been blessed to have the construction funded by First United Methodist Church of Canon City, CO, USA. First United Methodist is the home church for four of the members of next month's Mission: Haiti 2012: Pastor Don Bird, Dr. Steve Quakenbush, Eileen Lakey, and Lisa Mehle-Glab.
Some images of the initial building:
Praying at the construction site for the work that was beginning again.
Also in January, Miguel taught the monthly seminary (topic: heaven) to 17 pastors and church leaders meeting in Thoman, and he began to also instruct 10 leaders in the church at Jimani. He visited worship at both the church at Thoman and the church at Malasi.
Miguel said the spirit of the Monte Pou Kris ministry is joyful.
“There was suffering for the building,” he said about construction of the new church, which had been on hold for nearly a year. “They were thirsty to work in the church. So once the materials were purchased, they enter to work with all their love and wishes.”