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 »
A death in Haiti
By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ
The news came on Friday with a message that began simply “there are problems in Haiti.” There is a litany actually. But this specific problem involved Vixson, a 21-year-old teacher in our school at the church at Thoman. He was riding a motorcycle from Soliette with another boy when he was struck and killed immediately by a heavy truck. Vixson was not married and did not have children. He had been working in the Thoman school since 2010 and was teaching the second-year students. Another death in Haiti. Another death... Read more »
Mission: Haiti 2013 Trip Report
A witness to God’s wonderful works
By Jordan Rowley
Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator
“He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The LORD is gracious and full of compassion.” – Psalm 111:4
Climbing For Christ was blessed to begin serving the people of the mountains of Haiti in 2005 (CLICK HERE to read about C4C’s HIStory in Haiti). Since then, His ministry of C4C has returned 10 times. We have been privileged to build three churches (our fourth is currently under construction) on the island of Hispaniola, take o... Read more »
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
After a connecting flight in New York City, Brandy Everts and Jordan Rowley made it back to Rochester, NY on Friday evening with only a minor delay. Then early this morning, the Colorado contingent of our team, Steve Quakenbush, Eileen Lakey and Lisa Mehle-Glab made it home safely. Once again, we offer our praise and thanks to the Lord for surrounding this team with His favor as with a shield. We will all continue in the work of Mission: Haiti in preparation and prayers... until next time!
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
This morning w... Read more »
Worshipers on Sunday, Jan. 13 at the church at Mare Pitre singing, “The glory of the Lord is with us. Praise the Lord.” Climbing For Christ began evangelizing in Mare Pitre in September 2012.
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“My joy is so big for 80 people worshiping” at the church at Mare Pitre on Sunday, Jan. 13, missionary Miguel Rubén Guante said. "It was very exciting to see how much people were thirsty for the word of God. God is God, He knew why he sent me there.”
Miguel began evangelizing in Mare Pitre in September 2012 after Dominican authorities closed a particular border crossing. God turned this difficulty to good by delivering Climbing For Christ (Monte Pou Kris in Haitian Creole) to a small village in Haiti's southeast. The first worship on Sept. 16 attracted 15 people, but ... Read more »
Please pray for MISSION: HAITI 2013. The calendar below can be used as a guide. Read more »
Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante visited the church at Gentilhomme (“our first church,” above) for worship on Sunday, Dec. 23. “Spiritually, they are there – into the worship,” Miguel said. “(But) there is not anything for the feeding of the people so many people leave Gentilhomme to go and search for work.
“They were happy to see me and to receive greeting from (Climbing For Christ) through me. They are happy for (Mission: Haiti 2013) early in the new year.”
Pastor Trezin, right, with his wife and a church leader during a spirited pre-C... Read more »
Praise Report from Malasi
Tropical Storm Sandy ripped through the village of Malasi in late August, leaving in its path destruction that included the wrecked home of school teacher Durisma. The plight of Durisma – a man with a servant’s heart, a wife and nine children, and a one-room house that was in ruins – touched those in Climbing For Christ.
Two Mission: Haiti team veterans, Elaine Fallesen and Eileen Lakey, and Terolyn Cook, the oarent of another Haiti team member (Joshua Cook), contributed to a rebuilding effort that resulted in a new house for Durisma and his family... Read more »
By Gary Fallesen
Founding President, Climbing For Christ
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.”
I got Godbumps, knowing Climbing For Christ was the help the Lord chose to send. It was Sunday, June 26, 2005 in the mountain village of Gentilhomme, Haiti. What Pastor Tresin said he needed was a church; a structure b... Read more »
‘The Son of God truck’
Climbing For Christ was blessed in May 2009 to purchase a used 2005 Nissan Frontier truck after having spent US$15,000 to rent vehicles to do the Lord’s work our first three years in Haiti. We named it “the God truck” because, of course, He provided it.
The truck delivered construction supplies to build churches; plants, seed and fertilizer for farmers; carried those in need of medical care, and brought missionaries (indigenous and short-term) as far as possible to share the love of Jesus and teach the Gospel. The truck was a crucial tool.... Read more »
Pastor Emilio (“Blanco”) Setoute of the Haitian Climbing For Christ church at Jimani, Dominican Republic, giving thanks to God, C4C and all who helped him get to the surgeon in Santo Domingo, DR for a life-saving operation. Read more »
Blanco, left, praying during worship at the church at Jimani. (Photo by Miguel Rubén Guante)
Pastor Emilio (“Blanco”) Setoute of the Haitian Climbing For Christ church at Jimani, Dominican Republic, returned to his border town home on Saturday. "He was seeing the doctor (Friday) morning and he is well," said missionary Miguel Rubén Guante. Blanco, who has been ill for several months and had his thyroid removed in Santo Domingo on Oct. 19, is scheduled for a follow-up examination on Nov. 23. We ask that the Great Physician would heal Blanco. Read more »
“I'm still waiting to cross the border to see what happened in Haiti,” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante reported from the Dominican side of the island of Hispaniola in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. “In this photo, what looks like a river, is the international road from Pedernales to Anse A Pitre. That may give you an idea about what is happening in Haiti.”
While Sandy is bearing down on the United States – and threatening to cause great damage – it already has flooded beleaguered Haiti.
Miguel contacted our friends in Thoman and Malasi and discovered &... Read more »
Pastor Emilio (“Blanco”) Setoute of the Haitian Climbing For Christ church at Jimani, Dominican Republic, underwent surgery on Friday, Oct. 19 and had his thyroid removed. Blanco was admitted into the hospital in Santo Domingo, DR on Thursday, Oct. 18, after having undergone weeks of tests. He was released from the hospital today. "Blanco is well," missionary Miguel Ruben Guante reported. We give thanks to the Great Physician! Read more »
The new church at Mare Pitre welcomed 52 people to worship on Sunday, Oct. 14, including the son of the landowner on the property where the church is meeting. Climbing For Christ will be purchasing a tent for the people to meet under, protecting them from sun and rain. The ministry's next short-term team, scheduled to go to Haiti in January 2013, will visit Mare Pitre. We are praying about the prospects of building another church there.
Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante preached to the people about God giving all we need, but how we must go to Him to receive it. He taught from Mark 3... Read more »
The Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) monthly seminary was attended by more than 20 pastors and church leaders on Saturday, Sept. 29. The lesson, prepared by Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley, was the second part of a study on the Christian family. It covered parenting and children. “The seminary was very good,” said missionary Miguel Rubén Guante.
After the seminary, Miguel traveled to the Haitian border village of Mare Pitre, where he has been evangelizing since late July. On Sunday, Sept. 30, 26 people from Mare Pitre gathered for worship. It was... Read more »
Worship under a shade tree in Mare Pitre, Haiti.
Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante returned to his home from our relief trip to Malasi on Monday after a stop-off Sunday in the Haitian border village of Mare Pitre. “Great was my trip and great the victory of God in Mare Pitre, where 15 people could for the first day be in (worship) to God,” Miguel said. We recently began to evangelize in Mare Pitre, and God is moving among the people living there. All praise be to Him! Read more »