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Mission: Haiti 2011
Mission: Haiti 2011

The Word

“…and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
— Matthew 16:18 (NKJV)

Expedition

Mission: Haiti 2011

Purpose: Short-term team being sent to continue ongoing work in all areas: spiritual, medical, educational, agricultural, sanitation, water and nutrition.

Itinerary: Tentatively scheduled Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2011.

Cost: Estimated at US$1,500, including airfare to/from New York City to Hispaniola, visa, transportation, food, and accommodations in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This does not include airfare to/from New York City.

HIStory

In my mind, in my memory, I hear Pastor Meristaine Tresin speaking to me in English. But he does not speak English. He is a Haitian pastor who speaks Creole. I do not speak Creole. Yet I can hear clearly the words that passed from his lips to my heart. “I have prayed for two years for God t...
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FAQs

Itinerary Tentatively scheduled Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2011. Day 1: Fly to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Day 2: Travel to Jimani, DR. Day 3: Cross border into Haiti. Visit Thoman. Climb to Gentilhomme. Day 4: Medical training and/or health clinic. Bible school for children. ...
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Gary Fallesen

Nationality: American of Danish descent. Occupation: Missionary. Missions with C4C: Dominican Republic 2005; Haiti 2006, 2007 (twice), 2008, 2009 (twice), 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013; Indonesia 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2017; Kilimanjaro 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016; Malawi 2014 and 2016; Mexico 2005; Morocco 2013, 2015 and 2017; Nepal 2011, 2012 (twice), 2013, 2014 (twice), 2015 (twice) and 2016 (twice); Nigeria 2011; Peru 2011 and 2014; Philippines 2008, 2010 and 2016; “Possible” 2008, 2009 and 2010; Turkey 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. How long have you cli... Read more »

Jordan Rowley

Jordan Rowley, enjoying the Cordillera Blanca during Mission: Peru 2015. Nationality: American (true citizenship in Heaven). Occupation: Since January 2011, I have been incredibly blessed to serve as the spiritual coordinator with Climbing For Christ!  Missions with C4C: Haiti 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (January and November); Kilimanjaro 2014 (November) and 2015; Nepal 2013 and 2015, and Peru 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. How long have you climbed? I’ve always enjoyed spending time outdoors, however, since working with Climbing For Christ I have taken climbing more seriously.... Read more »

Miguel Rubén Guante

Miguel preaching in one of the Haitian churches God has used Climbing For Christ to build. Nationality: Dominican; originally Haitian. Occupation: Pastor and missionary. Missions with C4C: Dominican Republic 2005 and Haiti 2006-2014. How long have you climbed? Since June 2005 (C4C's first climb in Haiti). Type of climbing you do: Evangelization, teaching the Gospel and other ways to share the love of God. Highlight of climbing career: To be part of God's work to save (injured Haitians) Gilbert and Donya, and be an instrument in God's hands to carry Solina to God before she die. How long ha... Read more »

Sunday, Dec. 25

Jimani's church celebrated our Savior's birthday today with 69 people. The CHRISTmas message was “thanksgiving.” “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” — Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) “Immediately, (after) the man fall, God gave them the promise of a Savior,” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said. “About 800 years before Christ, He gave the name and instruction over the Savior (through the prophet Isai... Read more »

Saturday, Dec. 24

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” — Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) The church at Jimani — a Dominican border town where our missionary Miguel Rubén Guante lives in a Haitian community — met for four hours of worship on CHRISTmas eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Read more »

Sunday, Dec. 18

Worship at the church at Thoman. The pastors' monthly seminary could not be done on Friday as missionary Miguel had planned because there were not enough pastors and church leaders in Thoman at the time. The seminary was held on Saturday instead. Miguel tested those who attended on the topics of previous seminaries this year. “There were 48 questions. We worked with three groups and each one got 45 good answers,” Miguel said. Those in the seminary then put theory into practice. “The activity to fisher a soul for Christ got four souls as a gift for Christ,” Miguel ... Read more »

Friday, Nov. 18

Miguel testing children in Jimani, DR. Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante visited the Haitian school in the Dominican border town of Jimani, where he lives, to observe the teachers he’s been training and to test the children. “The children are going well,” he said. “It is sad we have not money to cover my trips to see the classes (in Gentilhomme, Malasi and Thoman, Haiti) with the regularity that is needed. Knowing that our teachers are not well prepared in their education, we should be near them more to see their needs and help them.” Despite the chal... Read more »

Sunday, Nov. 13

The Haitian church in the Dominican border town of Jimani had 86 people worship today. This body of believers gathered on the building site of the Monte Pou Kris church to “pray and ask God to remember them,” said missionary Miguel Rubén Guante, who lives in Jimani. Miguel reported that 139 people worshipped in Malasi, plus another 30 brothers and sisters in Christ from another church who were visiting. Thoman had 65 people in worship. That means, “we had a total of 320 people worshipping,” Miguel said. Read more »

Sunday, Nov. 6

Singing to Christ joyfully in Thoman. Miguel visited the church at Thoman as a follow-up to the October seminary. He is beginning to encourage believers “to share with the peoples of Thoman the love of Christ and to make a call to them to search (for) Christ and run far away the hell. As Jesus said in Mathew 4:19, we will catch souls for Jesus as a gift for Him on His birthday.” When our missionary to Haiti arrived in Thoman, Pastor Luterne was not there. “But the people were very happy with my visit and the reason for it,” Miguel said. “They agree to become... Read more »

Monday, Oct. 31

Seminary meeting in Thoman. Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante presented a teaching on hell to nine pastors and eight church leaders attending our monthly seminary Saturday in Thoman. The lesson was written by Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley, who is based in Rochester, NY, USA. Jordan has been on two missions to Haiti, including this year’s Evangelic Expedition shortly after he joined C4C’s staff. “I think that Hell is a topic that is not taught enough in most churches,” Jordan said. “The Church needs to know what we have been save... Read more »

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Students in Malasi — many dressed in uniforms that have worn well for three years. Missionary Miguel visited Malasi, hiking about three miles from Piret to visit the Monte Pou Kris church and school. “There everything is going well,” he said. “The church, the people, and the school. Today, there were 53 children in two classes. “Something very good there is 28 children still using their uniforms (from three years ago). That show how the people give importance to the uniforms. They are in good condition.” Climbing For Christ has not had funding the p... Read more »

Friday, Oct. 14

The first week of school ended in the Monte Pou Kris schools in Gentilhomme, Malasi and Thoman. Eighty-two students were in attendance (25 in Gentilhomme, 27 in Malasi and 30 in Thoman). “The low attendance is caused by families (who) could not purchase (supplies) for the children,” missionary Miguel said. “As we had not the basics — chalk, notebooks, pencils — many children came once or twice, but the teachers only talk talk. I promised Milus (our schools' supervisor) to get some boxes of chalk for him tomorrow.” Boxes of chalk. Just those three words so... Read more »

Friday, Sept. 30

It was a “double birthday” celebration for Gilbert on Thursday. He turned 18 and it has been four years since his “resurrection” (as missionary Miguel calls it) from the death bed. Gilbert (in missionary Miguel's house) with support money he receives each month from Climbing For Christ through a generous donation by Ron and Marsha Hogan of Golden, CO, USA. Gilbert’s story is well documented on many pages on this Web site: How he fell and severely broke his leg while playing with a friend in the ravines around the mountain village of Gentilhomme. How he suffe... Read more »

Wednesday, Sept. 28

The church at Thoman celebrated the first anniversary of the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) building on Saturday, Sept. 24 with worship, baptism, the monthly seminary, and a wedding. It was a big day full of rejoicing in Thoman. Or, as missionary Miguel said, “a long day working in God’s business.” The church at Thoman gathers to worship, above, with the church's choir singing praise and worship, below. Two new members are welcomed into Christ’s family through baptism. Twenty pastors and church leaders gathered for a study on salvation, which was prepar... Read more »

Sunday, Sept. 11

“How are you on the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center destruction?” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante asked. “God is taking care of the powered country? Give thanks to Him for that. The C4C churches are praying for the USA today. Jimani made a special prayer.” Ninety-nine people gather in worship in the Haitian church in Dominican border town of Jimani, while Malasi reported 75 people in worship and Thoman had 68 — a total of 242 people in three of our churches. It was a very blessed day. Read more »

Tuesday, Sept. 6

Schools are re-opening in Haiti, including the Haitian school in the Dominican border town of Jimani (above). Missionary Miguel reported 26 children in school today (14 in kindergarten, eight in the first-year class, and four in second year). “We are supposed to have around 60 children,” Miguel said. “But they are not ready to come to school without our help as we did in the past.” Students are in need of supplies and uniforms (pants, skirts, shirts and shoes). Read more »

Thursday, Sept. 1

The Monte Pou Kris monthly seminary met on Wednesday in Thoman. Our missionary, Miguel Ruben Guante, taught a lesson prepared by Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley. The teaching was on sin — original sin, the nature of sin, the effects of sin (Romans 6:23), and the defeat of sin. “The seminary was very good,” Miguel reported. “The people like a lot of the subject.” Nine pastors and 13 church leaders attended. Miguel divided the seminary into three groups to work on questions and come to an understanding of the lesson. Read more »

Sunday, July 31

There were 213 people in worship in three of the four Monte Pou Kris churches — Jimani, DR (87), Thoman (65) and Malasi (61). There was no report from Gentilhomme. Pastor Tresin was with missionary Miguel and Tresin's ill son in Jimani. Timesage Tresin has been ill for some time and is now being examined in the hospitals on the Dominican side of the border. Read more »

Saturday, July 30

Climbing For Christ's Haitian church in the Dominican border town of Jimani baptized six new members. Read more »

Thursday, July 28

July's seminary was “very exciting” with 25 pastors and church leaders attending, missionary Miguel Rubén Guante reported. “The subject (funerals) was very, very interesting for the pastors and leaders.” The teaching included “how to carry out a funeral act,” and what is to be done at the church and at the cemetery. Unfortunately, in Haiti there are many opportunities to practice this. The monthly seminary also occurred one year after Pastor Luterne of Thoman had his serious motorbike accident. “We made a prayer for him before we started the ... Read more »

Sunday, July 17

The church at Malasi. Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante preached about forgiveness — using the story of Jesus washing feet, including those of Judas, in John 13:1-7 — at the church at Malasi, where 63 people worshiped. There were 72 worshiping in Thoman and 60 in the Dominican border town of Jimani. We did not get a report from Gentilhomme, but these numbers are similar to July 10 for the Monte Pou Kris church. “The people, the church, the farms are not well,” Miguel said, pointing out that some people have experienced cholera and there has been too much rain ... Read more »

Sunday, July 10

The church at Thoman.  “Here, everything is well in God our Savior,” Climbing For Christ's missionary to Haiti said. Miguel Rubén Guante reported from Thoman that 77 people attended church to worship the Lord. In Gentilhomme, there were 112 people worshiping; in Malasi, there were 72; and in the Dominican border town of Jimani, there were 89. So 350 came to worship in Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) churches. This was a great encouragement at a time when there is much difficulty funding the work the Lord is doing through C4C in Haiti. “I hope God ... Read more »

Through faith and patience inherit what has been promised

A touching moment: Pastor Luterne hugs missionary Miguel Rubén Guante during the dedication of the church at Thoman. Our missionary to Haiti, Miguel Rubén Guante, made his first visit to the church at Thoman in May 2007. Pastor Luterne Polissain had requested the visit one month earlier when Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen was in the area and he asked if C4C could build his congregation a church. At the time, they were worshipping in a community-owned building that had been shared with voodooists. We took this request under prayerful consideration, but it did no... Read more »

Saturday, June 25

The lesson for this month's seminary — held again in Thoman and attended by only 16 pastors and church leaders — was “What does it mean to become a Christian?” Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante taught about God's call to us, and how we receive it and respond to it. “Those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified,” Miguel quoted Romans 8:30(b).  Pastors working in a group on questions about God's call. Attendance was low, in part, because it is the rainy season and many farms are in need of extra help. The pastors were ... Read more »

Monday, June 6

Anika Fischer with (left to right) teacher Patricia Bertucci, Jordyn Keeley, Meaghan Trevor, and principal Martin Swenson at Seton Catholic School in Brighton, N.Y. Anika Fischer wanted to help Haiti and asked her father if he knew of anyone who was working there. Marc Fischer knew about Climbing For Christ and told his fourth-grade daughter about the work God was doing through us in Haiti. Anika and her friends, Jordyn Keeley and Meaghan Trevor, decided to raise money to help Mission: Haiti. They started the Bracelet Fun Club at their school, Seton Catholic in suburban Rochester, N.Y., USA.... Read more »

Saturday, May 28

Climbing For Christ is renewing its focus on serving the vast spiritual needs in Haiti with a greater emphasis being placed on spiritual education. This begins with our monthly seminary. This month's teaching was again on the Bible — Who wrote it and when. But as missionary Miguel Rubén Guante was preparing to deliver the teaching to our group of pastors and church leaders meeting in Thoman, we received news that the border crossing was again flooded. Bad weather threatened to cancel our training. “The lake and the road are one,” Miguel said, describing the... Read more »

Monday, May 2

We have chronicled how the Lord rescued Carmen Jesilus from the clutches of death in the mountain village of Maingrette. [See “Moments” below.] But God did not save Carmen alone. He has used this rescue of a woman with a large, hideous tumor growing out of her mouth to give life to many others. Fifteen people have joined the church at Thoman as new believers in Christ Jesus. “The new face of Carmen,” said our Haitian missionary, Miguel Rubén Guante, referring to the removal of the tumor on March 7, “(has brought) five families of Thoman to Jesus.” ... Read more »

Monday, April 25

Fertilizer purchased in Croix des Bouquex, a city near Port-au-Prince, to be delivered to farmers in Malasi. In what is an all-too-typical story on the island of Hispaniola, the businessman from whom missionary Miguel Rubén Guante used to buy fertilizer has stopped selling it. The businessman told Miguel it was too expensive so he is no longer selling it. Miguel spent several days locating another place to buy the fertilizer, which, of course, cost more. The price went up from US$15 to US$19.62 per bag. “We thank God for after we run up and down, we found a little business where ... Read more »

Resurrection Sunday

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” — Philippians 1:21 (NIV) Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante based his Easter message for the church at Malasi (photos above and below) on that verse. He talked about Paul and how he declared he would live like Jesus. “I let them understand (that) we know they need, but over that (they need) Jesus, as Saul (who became Paul) said. We must keep our eye on Jesus.” Read more »

Tuesday, April 19

“The rainy season is giving much water,” missionary Miguel reported. “That may mean a good harvest season. We wait for God to send seeds and sufficient rain, no more than what the farmers need.” God has provided through Climbing For Christ members and friends — 10 donors in all — US$1,845.25 since our Haiti appeal was made on April 6. Only a small part of that amount was for the Seedling Bank program, which supplies seed and fertilizer to scores of farmers. We remain far short of our need of US$10,378 to cover February, March and April support. “... Read more »

Saturday, April 9

Sowing corn and preparing to plant beans on the hillsides in the mountain village of Malasi. On Thursday, missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said: “From last week Pastor Vilcuis (of the church at Malasi) is calling me for fertilizer and seeds because it is raining now.” Because of funding shortages we are scrambling to see what can be arranged. Miguel, who visited Malasi today, said US$1,500 would be needed for fertilizer and bean seeds. We were able to wire US$1,055 early in the week to pay our eight teachers' salaries for February. Miguel paid some of the teachers on W... Read more »

Monday, March 28

Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante's brother, Allert, died on Monday, March 21 after having been ill for the past two years. On Sunday, March 27, Miguel buried his brother in Haiti. Climbing For Christ offered prayers and sympathy to Miguel and his family, and provided US$1,000 for the funeral. When asked today how he and his family were doing, Miguel said: “We are well because all of them are in Jesus, so they knew that God is and God will. But we are in transition here. We may turn our happy into sad when we lose some friend or families, but in our heart it is true that ... Read more »

Tuesday, March 22

Carmen at the Dominican-Haiti border with her son Milus on their way home. She has returned to Thoman, healed of the terrible growth in her mouth by God.  Read more »

Tuesday, March 15

After about three weeks since she arrived at the hospital, and just over one week since her surgery, missionary Miguel Ruben Guante e-mailed today to say, “The doctor just called me to tell Carmen will go home today and her cancer [is] not bad.” We praise God for this wonderful news! We rejoice with Carmen for all that the Lord has done in her life and give thanks to all those who have prayed to our Great Physician for her healing. Carmen is excited to return to her village, Thoman, not only to enjoy the comforts of her home, but to tell her neighbors about th... Read more »

Tuesday, March 8

The doctor sent the removed part of the huge growth taken from Carmen's mouth for a biopsie. That will take about four days, according to missionary Miguel Ruben Guante. “The doctors told me they may send her home next week,” Miguel said. “She is despairing to go home to show the people what God may do. She wants to eat and eat, but the doctor don't want she eat too much.   “Our hope now is waiting to see if God want to change the bad cancer for good as He did with Naaman's leprosy in 2 Kings 5:13-14. I hope so and I would like to get everyone to belie... Read more »

Monday, March 7

The new face of Carmen, post-op.  “Praise the Lord!” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante declared before 11 a.m. “Carmen is operated on safely.” Miguel spoke with the surgeon, who told him the operation went “very well.” He said they removed “a good part” (large part) of the growth. “They hope it could be good for her,” Miguel said. That is our prayer. “Praise the Lord for Carmen,” missionary Miguel reported at 8 a.m.. “She is under surgery now.”  Read more »

Thursday, March 3

Carman is “stable” for surgery. “The surgery will be tomorrow morning,” missionary Miguel announced. This is an answer to prayer. We continue to lift the healing of Carmen. Miguel said that the pastors and church leaders attending Wednesday's monthly seminary in Thoman also prayed for Carmen. “They made a good prayer for Carmen, asking for a miracle for her because when the doctors can't, He is the solution.” Read more »

Friday, March 4

Carmen waiting for surgery. Missionary Miguel visited Carmen at the Hospital Universitario in Santo Domingo. He reports that the doctors now say her surgery will be Monday. Miguel thanked those who have been helping Carmen for us. Dr. Hector Sorrilla, the coordinator of the group that is addressing Carmen's illness, said anyone who “doesn't serve his brother and sister doesn't have any reason to live.” As Jesus said said in Matthew 25:45, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” Read more »

Wednesday, March 2

Carmen's surgery was postponed today and is tentatively scheduled for Friday. Missionary Miguel was traveling from Tiotte, Haiti, where his family is from, to Thoman for Climbing For Christ's monthly seminary. He spoke to Carmen's son, Milus, by phone at 6 a.m. and learned of the decision made by doctors in the Santo Domingo, DR hospital. Carmen has been diagnosed diabetic and is being treated for that in preparation for surgery. Read more »

Wednesday, March 2

Pastors in groups for discussion during seminary. The Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) monthly seminary was attended by 29 pastors and church leaders at the church in Thoman. The subject was the second part of how the bible was written. The first part of this teaching occurred during Mission: Nepal 2011 in February. Missionary Miguel Ruben Guante provided instruction about when the Bible was written materials used, the division of the Bible (the books, chapters and verses). He discussed the Old Testament and New Testament. Read more »

Monday, Feb. 28

Missionary Miguel needed to return to his home in the Dominican border town of Jimani to prepare for Monte Pou Kris's monthly seminary on Wednesday in Thoman. Miguel spoke by phone with Carmen's son, Milus, a Thoman church leader, who stayed at the hospital with his mother. “She is well with a very good appetite to eat,” Miguel said. Doctors at the hospital in Santo Domingo have informed us that “if the cancer is bad, they cannot make the surgery,” Miguel said. “But they will gather all the analysis and every test to find the best result to guide them t... Read more »

Sunday, Feb. 27

Surgery for Carmen is scheduled for Wednesday! “The last news about Carmen is she feel well waiting for surgery,” missionary Miguel said. The latest news on giving for the “Rescuing Carmen” fund: US$2,435. Praise Him! Read more »

Sunday, Feb. 26

Carmen resting in the hospital today. When asked how Carmen was doing today, missionary Miguel said: “She feel well and she know that (God is using us to try to help her).” We are waiting for doctors to determine when and how to operate. God is in control.  Read more »

Friday, Feb. 25

Carmen is still in the hospital, awaiting surgery. “I don't know when that will be done,” said missionary Miguel, who is also still looking for someone to care for her while she is in the hospital in Santo Domingo. Food is not provided in hospitals in Hispaniola; it must be delivered by family or friends. When God used Climbing For Christ to save Gilbert Lendor in 2007, we hired three women to help from late August to mid-October. Missionary Miguel lives six hours from Santo Domingo in the Dominican border town of Jimani. As with most things, a caretaker (or takers)... Read more »

Thursday, Feb. 24

Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante visited Carmen in the hospital in Santo Domingo, DR this afternoon and passed along our ministry thanks to the doctors who are examining her. He discussed with them what might happen in the days (and possibly weeks) ahead. “They agree that it is a long diagnosis,” Miguel said, “but they said they must cut (the growth) and analyze it.” Many Climbing For Christ members have sent their prayers for Carmen. Some have shared her photo with medical specialists that they know, many of whom agree it appears to be some sort of cancerous gr... Read more »

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Missionary Miguel reached the hospital in Santo Domingo with Carmen at 6:30 p.m. “She is under care now,” he said 10 minutes later. “Many doctors taking care of Carmen,” Miguel wrote in an e-mail with this photo at 6:45 p.m. “They are testing to put her under surgery,” Miguel reported at 7 p.m. “Many questions, many tests. Now they will make an analysis. They are thinking it maybe a bad cancer.” At 10 p.m., Miguel reported: “She will be here for some days under test and analysis.” Support will be needed to pay for hospital... Read more »

Monday, Feb. 21

From the Mission: Haiti 2011 Dispatches (Wednesday, Feb. 2): We stopped in Thoman to have Dr. Steve look at the mother of one of our church leaders there. She has a hideous tumor growing out of her mouth. In 1½ months it has grown to the size of a grapefruit. She is unable to eat, although she said there is no pain. Steve said he’d never seen anything like it. We immediately began making plans to get her to a hospital in Santo Domingo where, prayerfully, it can be removed. Please lift this in prayer to our Great Physician. Arrangements were finalized on Thursday, Feb. 16 for mi... Read more »

Friday, Feb. 11

The view toward Gentilhomme, Haiti from Miguel’s Dominican border town home in Jimani at sunset on Thursday.   A full day of travel — 18 to 22 hours — driving from Jimani to Santo Domingo and flying back to the States marks an end to the short-term part of Mission: Haiti 2011. The work in Haiti goes on 24/7 through our missionary Miguel, the four Monte Pou Kris churches, and the eight teachers we support in those villages. Please join us in keeping them in prayer. We have been blessed to have been brought together by God, Who prepared the days and the ways w... Read more »

Thursday, Feb 10.

Miguel, Jordan and I met and, with Rosie’s translation help, we reviewed this trip and discussed future plans for the mission. A high priority is to finish building the church at Jimani with the support of Steve, Eileen and Lisa’s church in Canon City, Colo. Miguel will continue to address the spiritual needs with a visit to a different Monte Pou Kris church (in Gentilhomme, Malasi, Thoman and Jimani) every weekend, and through the monthly seminary. There continues to be a need for financial support for this ministry as our monthly budget for the work here is about US$3,000, exclu... Read more »

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Steve teaching midwives from Malasi and Gentilhomme.   Steve met with five midwives from Malasi and Gentilhomme to learn how they deliver children and what types of complications they experience, and then offered some tools and suggestions to assist future child births. For instance, here they would tie the umbilical cord and burn the end. Steve provided 100 clips as an alternative. He also gave bulb syringes to suck the mucus from a newborn’s nose and mouth, an alternative to the midwife using his or her mouth. This type of education and having been able to identity a person fro... Read more »

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Sometimes the moment is too much: a father sitting outside the Climbing For Christ mission house holding his little girl, crippled (unnecessarily) by polio. Never mind that a vaccine could have avoided this. The man did not know; he came from another village to Malasi to see a doctor from the States. Maybe the Americans would have some medicine to help. We might as well have been empty-handed. We could only pray. Jordan anointed the child and we asked the Great Physician for healing. Only He can do such a thing. Dr. Steve and team seeing a crippled girl with her father. It was a tearful r... Read more »

Monday, Feb. 7

The Monte Pou Kris health clinic and puppet show began anew in Malasi, while a few of us road-tripped to other villages that have asked Climbing For Christ for assistance. Steve and his team, headed up by Lisa and Malasi’s own Clanice, again saw more than 100 patients. The worst of these was a young girl born with water on the brain and, as a result, developmentally disabled. They also treated a family with a horrible skin condition; clearing out the mission house and washing the heads and skin of each family member.   Another dose of puppet education on hygiene was also offered ... Read more »

Sunday, Feb. 6

It was a typical Monte Pou Kris church service in Malasi with an overflow crowd of 277 people worshiping with us for five hours. Worship included communion (the first time for 17 believers baptized on Saturday), three weddings, and a baby dedication.  The baptized were among a full house of God.  The church at Malasi in worship. Jordan, Miguel and I were blessed to deliver God's message to the church. Jordan and I did so through translation provided by Rosie. After I introduced the mission team to the congregation, I told them we were excited to worship with them again. As pa... Read more »

Sunday, Feb, 5

Janelle's "tap-tap" carrying members of the Malasi church (and Justin and Steve) from a baptism along the riverbed in Soliette. Miguel and I looked at the water-purifying system Climbing For Christ installed last year at the church at Gentilhomme. Pastor Tresin told us it is used by “many people” every Wednesday. But Miguel cautioned, “It is one thing to say ‘many people use it’ and another thing for many people to use it.” As we are continuing to educate the people in the mountains about the importance of drinking and using clean water, and are moving ahea... Read more »

Friday, Feb. 4

Justin, Eileen and Rosie with their puppet friends Bob and Anna visiting Gentilhomme school. Another puppet show and a mini-Vacation Bible School broke out at the Gentilhomme school, while in the adjoining mission house our medical team spent nearly 12 hours seeing scores of patients. After Jordan led 60 schoolchildren in song on our backpacker guitar, he taught about prayer and how important it is for us to talk to God. Eileen, Justin and Rosie then reprised their four-part puppet teaching from Thursday. Eileen gave the students a craft project — the children made crosses out of ... Read more »

Thursday, Feb. 3

Eileen and Justin put on a puppet show they’d rehearsed in the States with the help of Rosie's Creole translation. It’s been dubbed, “The Muppets Go to Haiti.” Two hand puppets — named Anna and Bob — helped teach the children and many adults in Gentilhomme about the importance of brushing their teeth and using clean water, the danger of inhaling smoke indoors (from fires used to cook), and that they shouldn’t play where they pee. The latter might be the next step in the process, begun in 2007 and 2008, of educating the people about sanitation... Read more »

Wednesday, Feb. 2

Crossing border into Haiti. Our day was delayed by the enemy, who got a foothold in a family member of our Haitian missionary Miguel. This spiritual attack threatened to postpone our travel across the border and wreck havoc on the plans God has for this mission. But God is in control and we were only put a few hours behind schedule, not a day — or worse. Because of threatened, election-related violence in politically unstable Haiti, the border crossing was a gridlock. But God saw us clear of any hassles with customs officials and Haitian police manning roadblocks on the highway. W... Read more »

Tuesday, Feb. 1

There was an evening worship in the Monte Pou Kris church at Jimani to welcome us back. After listening to numerous praise songs, Jordan and I were given an opportunity to share. I used Philippians 1:6 and blessed the 80 school children, the three teachers that C4C supports, Gilbert Lindor (whom God used us to rescue several years ago), the pastor and church leaders, and finally the whole church of more than 100 adults with the words: “He who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Jordan encouraged the church with the words o... Read more »

Monday, Jan. 31

For the Western USA team members it was a full day of travel — flying out of Denver, Colo. shortly after midnight, meeting Jordan and me in New York City early this morning, flying to Santo Domingo, and then making the tedious six-hour drive to the Dominican frontier town of Jimani. We arrived in Jimani around 11 p.m. local time. The trip was not without incident. One of our 11 duffel bags was suspiciously missing when the flights ended and then Dominican customs officials decided to inspect all of the medical supplies (as team members prayed). They seized a handful of bottles of vi... Read more »

Sunday, Jan. 30

Dr. Steve serving the Lord on Mission: Haiti 2008. “I know that God had His hand on choosing the participants for this upcoming trip,” Steve Quakenbush was saying recently. “May every moment be spent being His hands and feet so that all the glory will go to our awesome Savior, Jesus Christ.   “What a joy it is to be able to serve the 'least of these!'” Dr. Steve, our resident Mission: Haiti team physician, will be heading for the Chaine de la Selle hills for the fourth time in a little more than three years. He'll be rejoined by five other veterans of Mis... Read more »

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Charges were filed against Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier and the former Haitian dictator was taken into custody at a Port-au-Prince hotel and transported to a downtown courthouse for a hearing on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what the charges were and Duvalier was allowed to return to his hotel. A judge will have 30 days to investigate and decide whether the accusations merit moving forward with a case against Duvalier. “Baby Doc,” the ruthless dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, returned to Haiti on Sunday after 25 years in exile. The move was a surprise to mos... Read more »

Wednesday, Jan. 12

A year ago, a devastating earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, killing more than 235,000 people. While many have helped (and enormous amounts of money have been donated), little has changed in the daily struggle of Haitians.  Read more »

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Our school re-opens for Haitian students after CHRISTmas recess in the Dominican border town of Jimani. Read more »

Mission: Haiti 2011 FAQ

Itinerary Tentatively scheduled Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2011. Day 1: Fly to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Day 2: Travel to Jimani, DR. Day 3: Cross border into Haiti. Visit Thoman. Climb to Gentilhomme. Day 4: Medical training and/or health clinic. Bible school for children. Day 5: Health clinic. Second day for Bible school for children. Agricultural/nutrition/sanitation education. Day 6: Travel to Malasi. Visit other villages and churches on way. Day 7: Worship in Malasi. Day 8: Medical training and/or health clinic. Bible school for children. D... Read more »

Mission: Haiti 2011

Purpose: Short-term team being sent to continue ongoing work in all areas: spiritual, medical, educational, agricultural, sanitation, water and nutrition. Itinerary: Tentatively scheduled Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2011. Cost: Estimated at US$1,500, including airfare to/from New York City to Hispaniola, visa, transportation, food, and accommodations in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This does not include airfare to/from New York City. Read more »

HIStory: Team finds a village on a hill in need of help

In my mind, in my memory, I hear Pastor Meristaine Tresin speaking to me in English. But he does not speak English. He is a Haitian pastor who speaks Creole. I do not speak Creole. Yet I can hear clearly the words that passed from his lips to my heart. “I have prayed for two years for God to send help.” He was shaking my hand earnestly, having just met me after we reached his hill village of Gentilhomme on Sunday, June 26, 2005. He was looking me in the eyes, looking deeply within me. Perhaps he was looking for what my pastor and friend, Larry Stokjovic, had prayed in the day... Read more »

Eileen Lakey

Eileen teaching about brushing teeth in Gentilhomme. Nationality: American. Family: Single, two grown children — Lisa and Greg. Occupation: Retired elementary teacher with over 35 years of experience. Now serving as the coodinator of the Canon City Literacy Center where we offer free tutoring to children in reading. Church:First United Methodist Church, Cañon City. Missions with C4C: Three. How long have you climbed? As a child and young adult, I hiked in the hills and mountains of Colorado just for fun when fishing and camping.&... Read more »

Justin Johnson

Justin manning the puppet “Bob” for teaching in Gentilhomme. Age: 29. Residence: Rock Springs, Wyo., USA. Family: Just me, never married, no children. Father (Ken Johnson), stepmother (Jill Johnson), mother (Carol McDermant), brother (Gerald Johnson), sister in-law (Vanessa Johnson), and nephew (Chris Johnson). Occupation: Rental Manager/ Diesel Mechanic.Church: United Methodist. Missions with C4C: First. How long have you climbed? 14 years. Type of climbing you do: A little rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, fly f... Read more »

Lisa Mehle Glab

Lisa with a Haitian baby. Age: 41. Residence: Cañon City, Colo., USA. Family: Husband Greg, son Joe (14 years old) and son Nathan (10). Occupation: Surgical Services Support.Church: Currently searching for a new spiritual home. Missions with C4C: Four (all to Haiti). How long have you climbed? I’m more of a hiker than a climber. How long have you been a Christian? Many years. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Taking care of peoples' needs. Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Psalm 121. This ... Read more »

Steve Quakenbush

Steve QuakenbushDr. Steve caring for one of the many who are ill in the mountains of Haiti. Nationality: American. Occupation: Physician’s assistant. Missions with C4C: Six to Haiti (although he has made seven trips to Jimani, Dominican Republic, where missionary Miguel Rubén Guante is based and where Steve's church is helping to build a church). How long have you climbed? On and off for 30 years. Type of climbing you do: Now only walking and hiking. Highlight of climbing career: Mount Massive, Colorado, and my first visit to Gentil... Read more »

Rosie Joseph

Rosie JosephRosie Joseph Rosie translating for one of our puppets during Bible school for the children. Nationality: Haitian. Occupation: I am a farmer/gardener and I make straw baskets.Missions with C4C: Fourth serving on Mission: Haiti. How long have you climbed? I don’t climb for pleasure, but I live in an area of many mountains and have climbed since I was born. Type of climbing you do: Climbing on foot. Highlight of climbing career: I love to see the beautiful ocean and the cruise ship way out on the horizon and to see my house so far ... Read more »