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 »
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 »
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 »