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Pastor Trezin from the original Climbing For Christ church at Gentilhomme speaking at the start of the June seminary. Twenty-three pastors and church leaders attended the monthly seminary for June, held on Saturday, June 30 in Thoman. The lesson was a follow-up to the teaching that the Mission: Haiti team provided on evangelism and discipleship at our Monte Pou Kris seminary conference in March.
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It had been many months since Climbing For Christ had visited the village where our entire ministry to Haiti began nearly 7 years ago. “The church was in joy waiting for me,” said missionary Miguel Rubén Guante, who represented C4C in Gentilhomme last weekend. “The church felt very blessed. Example, it was about one month that there was not rain. The corn and beans are perish(ing) by the dry season, and once I arrive there it start to rain from (Saturday) night and (Sunday).” The church at Gentilhomme on Sunday, June 17. Miguel returned from the mountain...
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While waiting for funds to rescue Saintela, the Haitian woman with a large tumor in her mouth [see April 9 below], another medical emergency arose. Pastor Emilio (“Blanco”) Setoute of the church at Jimani has been extremely ill since early May. Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante took Blanco to the hospital in Santo Domingo for tests. Pastor “Blanco” before going to the hospital. “It sounds like Blanco has hyperthyroidism,” said Dr. Steve Quakenbush of Cañon City, CO, USA, who has served on five Mission: Haiti expeditions. “He will pro...
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Bananas, planted about six weeks ago at the church at Malasi, are growing well. Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante visited Malasi on Sunday after teaching our monthly seminary in Thoman on Saturday. He reports that “the bananas are growing well.” Coffee plants are not doing as well because it has been dry. “The church is fine — more than 100 people were there (for worship),” Miguel said. “I preached on Daniel 3 to show the church we need something more than to go to church. We need (believers) like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to serve God and to ...
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Unloading fertilizer purchased for the church at Malasi. Missionary Miguel was able to purchase 15 bags of fertilizer at US$31 per bag in his hometown of Thiotte to be delivered to Malasi to apply to coffee, bananas and seeds planted at the church. Climbing For Christ could have purchased twice as much fertilizer for that price if we'd had the funding available. “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” — Mark 4:8 (NIV)
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The monthly seminary — an essential part of Mission: Haiti — was delayed in April by a lack of funding. Missionary Miguel finally was able to travel to Thoman to teach the April seminary on Saturday, May 12. “The seminary was good,” he said. “There were 14 people: two pastors and 12 (church) leaders.” The topic was “Searching for a sorcerer,” based on Psalm 1:1-3 (“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked …”). “We, as Christians, don’t need anything else (other) than God,” Miguel taug...
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About 400 banana plants were delivered and planted this week on the hill below the church at Malasi. “The people are in joy to sow and take care of the farm with Pastor Vilcuis,” missionary Miguel reported.
Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante returned to Malasi last week as we had planned during our March mission trip to Haiti. He delivered 252 coffee plants, which were purchased with a financial gift from the children at First United Methodist Church in Cañon City, CO, USA. The coffee plants were only the first part of an agricultural plan for the church at Malasi. In addition to coffee, Miguel is having 400 banana plants prepared for delivery this week. The rainy season is upon the Chaine de la Selle range and farmers are busy planting. Pastor Vilcuis of Malasi sowing coffee p...
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There is a great medical need in Haiti. Here's a message from Steve Quakenbush of Cañon City, CO, USA, who has served as the team doctor conducting medical clinics on the past five Evangelic Expeditions to Haiti, including Mission: Haiti 2012 last month: It was a joy, during our recent trip to Haiti, to learn that Carmen was healed! Carmen was the church member from Thoman who had an end-stage obstructive oral tumor. Thanks to friends of Climbing For Christ, Carmen had been transported to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for a curative surgical procedure. Carmen was near death, but...
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Worship in the church at Malasi on March 18. (Photo by Gary Fallesen) By Gary Fallesen Founding President, Climbing For Christ Haitian missionary Miguel Rubén Guante looks at the churches of Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ in Creole) and sees a people with “little faith.” Few, he claims, are 100-percent Christian. Some are 95 percent, some 60 percent, some 15 percent. When needs overwhelm them, they do not trust completely in Christ, but turn to what their culture has provided since Haiti became a nation in 1804: voodoo. A church leader in Malasi ...
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U.S. team members traveled back to the States and their homes today and tonight. It began with a five-hour drive from the border to Santo Domingo, followed by flights to New York City and then to respective home airports. Haitian missionary Miguel was not as fortunate as our U.S. group. Shortly after dropping the team at the airport, “the God truck” broke down again. It was not repaired until mid-day Friday. He was able to return to his home in Jimani Friday evening. “I'm in joy between my difficulties,” Miguel said, giving praise to the Lord. We are praying for G...
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We said our goodbyes and prayed for Malasi before hitting the “road” — rocky dirt roads that lead to mostly dry river beds all running downhill out of the Chaine de la Selle mountains in southeastern Haiti. The two vehicles — “the God truck” driven by Miguel and Janelle’s tap-tap — made the six-hour-plus drive to the border without incident. However, we were delayed by another tap-tap that broke down on the one-lane road leading through the mountains. The “road” down from Malasi. The start of a six-hour-plus drive. ...
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Two kites flew in the sky over the church at Malasi and schoolgirls jumped rope as Eileen played with the children on a windy but sunny day. Down the hill, dozens upon dozens of people stood in a perpetual line to get in the EMT to see Dr. Steve on the final day of medical clinics. Up and over the next hill, Miguel and Joshua helped a group of women plant corn and beans. This was a mission moment in time that God planned before time began. It was a precious moment on our last full day in Malasi. People waiting in the Malasi sun to be seen by Dr. Steve on last day of medical clinic. Jordan...
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Jordan (with Rosie, left, and Eileen) leading the children in song at Bible school. Jordan and Eileen taught Bible school, opening in song with the Mission: Haiti standard, “I Am a Friend of God,” and then putting on two puppet plays. The first was a review of last year, when the puppets Bob and Anna taught about sanitation and dental hygiene. The second was the story of King Josiah from 2 Kings 22. “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left,” it says in 2 Kings 22:2 of J...
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The church at Malasi. We worshiped for 3½ hours with about 150 brothers and sisters in Christ at the church at Malasi. The first two hours were spent in song as individuals and small groups of people lived out the words shared from Psalm 100: “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.” I then had the privilege of introducing each member of our team, who took turns sharing encouragement (through Rosie’s translation) with the church. The Holy Spirit wove our words together as we shared a message of love and thankfulness. Joshua started our tea...
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Dispatches: Saturday, March 17 Crowds gather outside the Eric Memorial Tent to attend another day of medical clinics. The mission house and God truck are in the background. Dr. Steve and Co. treated at least twice as many people on Day 2 of the medical clinic — probably 150 or more. They administered more vaccines, and saw scores of pregnant women and babies, a 6-year-old with pneumonia, and children with the usual skin problems. Everyone left the EMT with crackers to eat and water to drink thanks to a financial gift from an anonymous donor in Steve, Pastor Don, Eileen and Lisa's church in Canon City, CO, US...
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“We started this work by God's power,” Miguel said at breakfast, meaning it was God alone who delivered the entire team to Malasi despite constant attacks by the enemy. With that — and lots of prayer — we began our first day of seminary conference teachings and the first day of medical clinics under the big top that is the Eric Memorial Tent. Jordan teaching about evangelism with Rosie translating at start of seminary conference. Jordan, Pastor Don and Joshua taught about evangelism and discipleship to a group of 15 pastors and leaders from six churches. ...
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Another day, another dart from the devil. This time it was the brakes on our Haitian friend Janelle’s tap-tap (a truck used for public transportation). With “the God truck” broken down in Thoman we moved all the people and bags into Janelle’s big vehicle and drove about four hours. The truck broke down in Foret des Pins. We were bringing vaccines for polio and diphtheria/tetanus/whooping cough. The vaccines, which were in coolers, might not be good after today. So several members from the team hiked about six miles to Malasi. The team gave 56 children vaccines. &ldq...
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Approaching the Dominican border. The border crossing from the Dominican Republic into Haiti went without incident, which was an answer to prayer considering the border was closed for several days last week and there have been recent “incidents” between Dominicans and Haitians. However, the enemy was still able to hit us with another dart: the God truck broke down as we were reaching Thoman this evening. After working on it for about six hours, we determined that it could not be fixed without additional help, and are making camp inside the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) chur...
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