Jordan Rowley, right, sharing on the backpacker guitar in the church at Gentilhomme during Mission: Haiti 2011 in February. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)
Nationality: American (true citizenship in Heaven). Occupation: For almost 3 years I have had the awesome privilege of serving the Lord as the Spiritual Coordinator with Climbing For Christ! Missions with C4C: Haiti 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (January and November); Nepal 2013, and Peru 2011, 2012 and 2013.
How long have you climbed? I’ve always enjoyed spending time outdoors. Only in the past few years as I’ve gotten involv... Read more »
Life and death in Mare Pitre
By Gary Fallesen
Climbing For Christ
A week before CHRISTmas last year, Miguel Rubén Guante bought a pair of sandals for an old woman in Mare Pitre, Haiti. She was in need.
Only a few months earlier, Miguel had visited Mare Pitre for the first time to evangelize the area. The woman who would receive the sandals – named Solina – was part of the first group of people there to receive Jesus.
Jesus told us whatever we do or don’t do for a child, an old woman, or any of our fellow man who is hungry, thirsty or naked, we do or don’t do... Read more »
Date: Jan. 19-31. Length of trip: 12-14 days. Team size: 6-7 members.
Purpose: This will be our 11th short-term trip to Haiti. This is the oldest mission of Climbing For Christ, dating back to 2005. Among the goals for this team will be…
To continue ongoing work in all areas: spiritual, educational, and medical. Seminary training, VBS for school children, and medical clinics will be offered. The team will continue using the “EMT” or “Eric Memorial Tent” (named to honor late friend Dr. Eric Cederstrom). The EMT will be dedicated at Eric’s home church... Read more »
Domingo DePene with his wife, Magnolia, far right. Also in the photo is Carmen (second from left), a Haitian woman C4C rescued and helped medically. Domingo and Magnolia assisted. (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante)
Magnolia DePene, the wife of C4C Dominican Republic officer Domingo DePene, died on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 after a battle with cancer. She was 58.
Domingo has helped Climbing For Christ for many years in Hispaniola, the Caribbean island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. C4C Dominican Republic was incorporated in May 2009. Domingo was named secretary of the o... Read more »
Hope for a Haitian village
Story by Gary Fallesen
Photos by Miguel Rubén Guante
Climbing For Christ (Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013)
It appeared to be just a truckload of lumber at first glance. But to a church in Haiti it looked like the hope of a building.
Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante pointed to Solomon building the house of the Lord in 1 Kings 6. God promised to dwell among the people if they obeyed Him. This is a good lesson for the church in Haiti, where voodoo haunts believers and non-believers alike.
Mare Pitre is a remote village in southeastern Haiti, where Miguel beg... Read more »
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 – “Blessed be the name of God,” Haitian missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said after conducting the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) monthly seminary in Thoman. The subject this month was the role of pastors and church leaders, prepared by C4C spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley and translated by Miguel. Five pastors and 12 leaders attended, including Pastor Lutherne from Thoman, Pastor Derival from Pleinne Mare, and Pastor “Italian” (Saintilma Edma) from Soliette. Pastor Vilcuis of Malasi still was not able to attend because of poo... Read more »
Monday, Aug. 19, 2013
(Photo from missionary Miguel Rubén Guante)
HAITI: It was the first day of classes for about 50 students attending the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ in Haitian Creole) school in the Dominican border town of Jimani. Because of budget cuts, C4C is supporting only the Jimani and Malasi schools in 2013-2014. We are attempting to raise US$1,000 support to construct a roof for the fledgling church and school in Mare Pitre. Another ministry can pay the teachers there if we can manage to put up a temporary structure to house school children during the week a... Read more »
UPDATE (July 11): “Praise the Lord that we had not damage in Haiti,” Climbing For Christ missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said Thursday after receiving reports from brother Milus in Thoman. Miguel confirmed those observations, saying: “This looks true because the River of Soliette (that flows out of the Chaine de la Selle mountains to the Dominican border) has not brought much water to Jimani.” We give thanks for God's hand of protection as Chantal weakened on July 10 and was downgraded from a tropical storm by the National H... Read more »
‘There is nothing as food’ in Haiti
Durisma, the school teacher who first invited Climbing For Christ to Malasi, fainted from hunger during our monthly seminary on May 25. When missionary Miguel Rubén Guante visited some of the C4C villages in Haiti over the weekend to discuss preparedness for hurricane season, he said: “I could see why Durisma had lost heart in the last seminary – there is nothing as food for the people.”
Despite our best efforts to provide additional seed and fertilizer during the last planting season, bad weather destroyed a majority o... Read more »
Haiti hungers for food, fruit of the Spirit
Three pastors and 17 church leaders attended our monthly Monte Pou Kris seminary in Thoman, Haiti last Saturday. The lesson, prepared by spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley, focused on the Fruit of the Spirit. This was part 2 of a three-month study and covered love, joy and peace. “The seminary was very good,” said Miguel Rubén Guante, Climbing For Christ’s national missionary to Haiti.
Brother Milus, standing, teaches during May seminary. (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante)
Miguel calls May and June the “famine ... Read more »