Supporting our legacy in Haiti
By Gary Fallesen, founding president, Climbing For Christ
Gilbert delivers food to Pastor Paul of Gentilhomme on Oct. 31.
The 14-year-old Haitian boy that God used Climbing For Christ to rescue from the jaws of death is now a 23-year-old man with a heart to serve the LORD who saved him.
Climbing For Christ officially pulled out of Haiti in April 2014 after many months of prayer and a fact-finding trip in November 2013. The main reason centered on our primary purpose, which is to GO and deliver the Gospel in the mountains of the world where other missionar... Read more »
“…and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
– Matthew 16:18 (ESV)
By Gary Fallesen
Founding president, Climbing For Christ
Pastor Duncan Nyozani sold his car for US$2,000 so he could buy a plot of land and be able to put the first thousand dollars toward the building of a new Searchlight Ministries church in southern Malawi.
“We need US$24,000,” said the long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner. “This is a huge sum of money to raise, but we believe God is able to meet ... Read more »
Photo of the Week by Gary Fallesen: Pastor Felix and his wife celebrate the construction of the church they shepherd in Milatu, Mozambique during Mission: Malawi 2014.
We have been blessed by precious moments of sheer joy exhibited by pastors on the receiving end of a church building provided by God through Climbing For Christ. Meeting our brothers and sisters in the church at Milatu, Mozambique while on Mission: Malawi 2014 was a taste of heaven.
There was singing, dancing, hugging, and smiling. It was a time of praise and giving thanks.
The church was our sixth build globally and ... Read more »
By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ
Looking back at the mission to Haiti, which began when the Lord led us to a village in the Chaine de la Selle mountains in the summer of 2005, “our big work is the people God used us to bring from death to life,” Climbing For Christ missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said this week.
There have been the physical healings:
Gilbert, a young boy whose leg was broken and turned to life-threatening gangrene in 2007 in a place where there was no medical care (Gentilhomme) until he was found by Miguel. He was rescued, his... Read more »
Saintela well and heading home
After undergoing surgery on March 25th to have an obstructive tumor in her mouth removed, Saintela returned to the hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for a follow up visit. Once there, doctors checked on her surgical site and gave her the results of the biopsy from the tumor.
Saintela outside the hospital.
“Praise the Lord,” C4C’s missionary to Haiti, Miguel Rubén Guante wrote, “the result of the biopsy is good. She has not bad cancer.” We praise the Lord with Miguel and Saintela for this wonderful news... Read more »
Saintela undergoes surgery to remove tumor
Saintela before surgery.
“Saintela is well from the surgeon,” wrote C4C’s missionary to Haiti, Miguel Rubén Guante. Saintela Toussaint underwent the two hour surgery Tuesday morning in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to remove an obstructive oral tumor from the roof of her mouth.
We give all praise and thanks to God for this successful surgery, which required three weeks of testing and waiting. The long treatment also was expensive. Before the surgery on Tuesday, expenses had reached more than US$3,400, while Clim... Read more »
A medical emergency with a name
Saintela Toussaint was a woman from a small village near Malasi who came to a Mission: Haiti 2012 medical clinic to be examined by Dr. Steve Quakenbush of Cańon City, CO, USA. She had a small tumor in her mouth. We had seen growths like this before. In 2011, we were introduced to Carmen, who had a tumor the size of a grapefruit growing out of her mouth, making eating impossible. We evacuated Carmen to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where the obstructive oral tumor was removed and her life saved.
Not wanting to see a repeat of Carmen’s story we made n... Read more »
Church in Mare Pitre ‘growing strong’
Missionary to Haiti Miguel Rubén Guante taught a special seminary in Mare Pitre on Saturday, Feb. 15. Seventeen people attended. The subject: “Who is God?” Each month, Miguel is teaching a “local” seminary to the young churches in Jimani, Dominican Republic, and Mare Pitre, on the first and third weekends, as well as our main monthly seminary for pastors and church leaders from many villages who meet in Thoman on the fourth weekend.
Seminary, above, and worship, below, at the church at Mare Pitre. (Photos by M... Read more »
The church at Malasi after worship on Feb. 9. (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante)
Sunday in Malasi
There were 120 people in worship at the Monte Pou Kris church at Malasi on Sunday, Feb. 9. At the same time, 73 believers were worshiping at the church at Jimani, DR, and 41 at the young church at Mare Pitre, Haiti. There was no report from Gentilhomme.
Climbing For Christ's missionary to Haiti, Miguel Rubén Guante, visited Malasi and met with leaders to discuss the fourth anniversary celebration of the Malasi church in March. Miguel took one of the church leaders, who was suffering f... Read more »
A pastor serving in the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) church was afraid to preach from the pulpit for two-thirds of the year in 2013. He had been told a curse had been placed on him and if he went to the pulpit to speak he would die. When C4C missionary Miguel Rubén Guante learned about this we made plans for him to go and speak to the pastor and the church. “The role of the church through its leaders is defend the faith in Christ Jesus,” Miguel stated.
As a result of this occurrence, spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley prepared a January seminary teaching called, &l... Read more »
PRAY: Against spiritual opposition and human nature in Haiti. “I am fighting with two wrong habits between the Haitian churches: the voodoo and the interest in the money,” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said. Lift the work Climbing For Christ does in the Chaine de la Selle range. The rural poor in the hemisphere’s poorest nation are most responsive to the love of Christ, which is shared through the training of pastors and church leaders, and the education of children.
GIVE: Though the country is poor, everything in Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic is expen... Read more »
Goals set for 2014 for Mission: Haiti
A fact-finding visit conducted in November 2013 by Climbing For Christ’s Gary Fallesen and Jordan Rowley, followed by a prayerful review of this 8-year-old mission, resulted in plans to:
Build a “temporary” church structure in Soliette, similar to the church constructed in Mare Pitre. Pastor Italian from the Soliette church (photo above) has been dedicated to attending the monthly seminary since its start.
Continue to disciple the young church at Mare Pitre. The church, which serves four villages, was started by Spirit-led evangelism... Read more »
Please take a moment to pray with us for the people of Haiti!
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New believers celebrate in Mare Pitre
Meet our new sister and brothers in Christ: Onie Jean, Meridroine Merissaint and Bocicot Wilson (photographed above, left to right). Haitian missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said “those three people repented (because of) the work of Christ in the life of Solina.” Solina, who died on Nov. 29, was the elderly woman counted among the first in the village of Mare Pitre to come to Christ.
Worship in Mare Pitre was full of joy, Miguel said. “People wanted to pass the night glorifying the name of God.”
A boy named Contis Sezer ... 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 »
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 »
Haiti: A church with no church
By Jordan Rowley
Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator
Last January, Climbing For Christ sent a team to Haiti for the eleventh time [CLICK HERE to read our Trip Report]. During Mission: Haiti 2013, we met a group of new believers who are now in the eleventh hour.
They are a church with no church. They are our brothers and sisters – our Christian family – in the Haitian village of Mare Pitre.
Throughout the dry season, this new and precious body of believers has been gathering underneath a large tarp. This has been just barely enough to protec... Read more »
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 mission... Read more »
Haiti’s waiting on the rain
Beans have been delivered to farmers in Malasi, teaching to pastors and church leaders at the monthly seminary in Thoman, and fertilizer to people in Gentilhomme. These were among the blessings of recent weeks in Haiti.
At the same time, our teacher from Thoman (Vixson) was buried, another teacher from Malasi (Emilien) recovered from illness, and a teacher from Gentilhomme (Mathuren) was arrested on the Dominican border. These were among the many challenges in recent weeks in Haiti.
In addition to teaching six pastors and 15 leaders from six villages at the... Read more »