Work on the front of the church at Gentilhomme.
(Photos by Milus Jesilus)
The church at Gentilhomme has been busy rebuilding the front of the 6½-year-old building we constructed as part of renovations we are doing on the original Monte Pou Kris church. In addition to improvements on the front of the building, the floor, doors and windows will be redone and the structure repainted. The original estimate for this project was US$3,700, but it is clear the actual cost will exceed that amount. Currently, we need $1,400 for additional materials, such as sand, rebar and cement.
Additional need is nothing unusual in Haiti, where opposition to improving lives is a constant battle — both spiritual and physical.
For instance, our missionary Miguel Rubén Guante is now prohibited from crossing the border at Jimani, Dominican Republic, where he lives. “(Another friend) is crossing and he has not passport and he is from Jimani and me, too,” Miguel said. “Why he may cross and I cannot?
“Always God makes changes in our life and our plan. When that happen, often we are not able to understand it and we still want to keep our head against God like Balaam and his donkey (Numbers 22:22).”
In response to this, Miguel will drive out of his way to cross into Haiti at another place. He is going Thursday for our monthly seminary Saturday in Thoman. After the seminary, he hopes to hike up to Gentilhomme to check on the building project and worship there Sunday.
The body of believers at Gentilhomme.
On the different road to Haiti, Miguel will look for those to evangelize. We have re-set our goal in Haiti to go where there are no churches, to start bodies of believers, to bring people to Christ, to disciple believers, and to fight voodoo.
“Pray and wait in God as I’ll do it too,” Miguel said.
We continue to wait for another organization, which specializes in water projects, to visit our villages to determine if they can work with us. This has been delayed for many months because they are likewise understaffed and underfunded to meet the needs in Haiti.
The challenges in Haiti are great, but our God is greater.