Seeing fruit in a dry land
Story by Gary Fallesen, Climbing For Christ president
Photos by Miguel Rubén Guante, Climbing For Christ missionary to Haiti
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” – Galatians 5:22 (ESV)
There was a low turnout for our monthly seminary, which met April 26 in Thoman to discuss the “Fruit of the Spirit.” It was part one of two parts written by Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley and translated and shared by Haitian missionary Miguel Rubén Guante. “It was a nice and interesting topic that we shall apply in our daily life,” Miguel said.
Attendance – only four pastors and 11 church leaders – was about half of what is normal because of the time of the year. Miguel said it is “the season of sow(ing) and cleaning of farms or small plots of land,” so some pastors and leaders were away planting crops.
Pastor Vil after the stroke.
Pastor Vilcuis of the church at Malasi was not in attendance because he is receiving medical care and recovering from a stroke that he suffered on April 14. Pastor Vil’s condition required an emergency response by C4C to get him assistance.
One week after the stroke, Pastor Vilcuis was among those attending the anniversary celebration of the church at Jimani on the Dominican border.
Preparing the church at Jimani for an anniversary celebration, above, and baptizing new believers, below.
The Jimani anniversary service also was attended by 25 members of the newest Monte Pou Kris church at Mare Pitre. Miguel began evangelizing in Mare Pitre in September 2012 and he has seen the number of believers grow to several dozen. [CLICK HERE to watch a video of worship at Mare Pitre.]
The church from Mare Pitre attending worship in Jimani, above, and returning to their village in Haiti's form of public transportation – a tap-tap.
Climbing For Christ raised funds for a tarp to provide cover for the church at Mare Pitre to worship as they wait on the Lord for a possible church build. Now that tarp needs to be replaced.
Miguel said our brothers and sisters from Mare Pitre were “very joyful and (left Jimani) with big joy. Only the situation of the tent is very bad. The children cannot attend the school in the sun and we are in the rain season now.”
Damaged tarp in Mare Pitre, where the construction of a new church would cost an estimated US$3,250.
“Blessed is the name of God for all those things He is doing through us,” Miguel said.
Those things Miguel referred to include the ongoing care for many of His children, be it through education or medical treatment. Sainte-Anne and Miche are two crippled youngsters aided by C4C (they were brought to the States for medical attention in 2009, when doctors deduced both had suffered polio as babies). Both needed new crutches this month.
New crutches for Sainte-Anne and Miche, two children whom C4C has been blessed to help.
Climbing For Christ is blessed with only a few regular supporters of Mission: Haiti. Those contributors provide support for missionary Miguel, some of the nine teachers paid by C4C to work in four of our five schools, and assistance for Sainte-Anne, Miche and Gilbert (another young man God used C4C to rescue during a medical emergency in 2007).
More donors are needed to help us meet our monthly budget of nearly US$3,300 and to pay for crisis (such as drought, hurricanes, and serious medical problems), which occur regularly. The constant challenge of making ends meet hinders the expansion of ministry; the building of new churches and addition of new projects is all but impossible. It is our prayer that provision from the God of the possible will grow and enable us to bear much more fruit.
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” – John 15:8 (ESV)
You can share in the work God is doing in Haiti by praying for our mission there and by giving financially. Send donations to Climbing For Christ, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA or CLICK HERE to contribute online via PayPal.