It was as if Satan had punched me in the stomach. I felt suffocated and I wanted to cry. It was painful to see the photo of the roof stripped off the church at Malasi – the second we were blessed to build just 2½ years ago. That was Wednesday evening (see “Mission Moment” below).
This morning more photos from the mountains of Haiti, which have had homes and lives devastated yet again — this time by Tropical Storm Isaac.
A field of destroyed corn.
“Let me tell you, 60 percent of the animals are dead,” missionary Miguel Rubén Guante re... Read more »
Tropical Storm Isaac peeled back the tin roof of the church at Malasi like a can opener, leaving the contents exposed. Original reports of damage done by the storm were not exaggerations. Haitian missionary Miguel Rubén Guante was sent to report on the aftermath in villages where Climbing For Christ has been working for many years. His findings are only just beginning to come in. More updates will come. But we know these brothers and sisters and friends in these mountain places need our help. There is no other aid coming to them. We are responsible.
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UPDATE (3 p.m. Eastern time): Bad news from Malasi, where Pastor Vilcuis of the Climbing For Christ church reports damage to the roof of the new church, his house, the missionary house, the house of teacher Derisma, and the homes of many of those who have assisted the work God has shared with us there. “There are not any bananas or other plants in Malasi — all fall down,” said missionary Miguel.
“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: 'Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart... Read more »
The Soliette river, which flows from the Chaine de la Selle mountains in Haiti, churning after Isaac. This river produced a great flood in 2004, killing thousands on both sides of the border. Often, before the hurricane season, it runs dry.
Tropical Storm Isaac blew across Haiti in the overnight hours Friday with the eye of the storm crossing the country's southern peninsula (southwest of Port-au-Prince) early Saturday morning.
Climbing For Christ's Haitian missionary, Miguel Rubén Guante, reported from his home in the Dominican border town of Jimani early Saturday morning: &ldquo... Read more »
Tropical Storm Isaac gained strength on Friday while spinning south of Haiti. The National Weather Service issued this alert Friday evening: “ISAAC TEMPORARILY SLOWS DOWN...BUT STILL EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL IN HAITI TONIGHT.”
Isaac's location, south of Haiti, at 8 p.m. Friday.
Climbing For Christ missionary Miguel Rubén Guante reported in Friday morning from the Dominican border town of Jimani, saying there was “rain and soft breeze. I'm in contact with Pastor Trezin (Gentilhomme), Pastor Vilcuis (Malasi), and Milus (Thoman) and Andrew of Mare Pitre.”
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The threat of Tropical Storm Isaac, which could be a Category 1 hurricane when it is forecasted to hit Haiti on Friday, may force the postponement of our monthly seminary scheduled for this weekend. Please pray for those in Isaac's path. Read more »
Haitian missionary Miguel Rubén Guante returned from another successful visit to Mare Pitre. “My trip was good,” he reported. “I contacted some of the first group (five families that accepted Christ on the initial evangelizing visit two weeks previous) and I met others.”
Praising God for this group of new believers in the remote Haitian border town of Mare Pitre.
“The last large group agree to (meet) for my next trip to worship together on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19,” Miguel said.
“I have contacted 11 families. That may be ... Read more »
On Thursday, missionary Miguel Rubén Guante traveled 206-kilometers south of Jimani to another Dominican border town, Pedernales, to make his way back into Haiti. He has been blocked from crossing the border in Jimani, where he lives, by a Dominican official on a power trip. “I thanks God for my safe arrival in Pedernales,” Miguel said Thursday evening.
The following day he crossed into Haiti and began to evangelize — “searching for new believers in Christ” — as he traveled to our monthly seminary in Thoman. He visited with five families in the vil... Read more »
Pastor “Blanco” speaking today at church at Jimani.
There was joy at the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) church in the Dominican border town of Jimani today as Pastor Emilio (“Blanco”) Setoute attended worship for the first time in two months. Blanco is being treated for cancer in Santo Domingo. He will undergo surgery very soon. To date his medical expenses have been US$1,500. Blanco has been assisted by Climbing For Christ and our missionary Miguel Rubén Guante. If you can help with Blanco’s needs please follow the “Helping Hands” inst... Read more »
Work on the front of the church at Gentilhomme.
(Photos by Milus Jesilus)
The church at Gentilhomme has been busy rebuilding the front of the 6½-year-old building we constructed as part of renovations we are doing on the original Monte Pou Kris church. In addition to improvements on the front of the building, the floor, doors and windows will be redone and the structure repainted. The original estimate for this project was US$3,700, but it is clear the actual cost will exceed that amount. Currently, we need $1,400 for additional materials, such as sand, rebar and cement.
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Pastor Trezin from the original Climbing For Christ church at Gentilhomme speaking at the start of the June seminary.
Twenty-three pastors and church leaders attended the monthly seminary for June, held on Saturday, June 30 in Thoman. The lesson was a follow-up to the teaching that the Mission: Haiti team provided on evangelism and discipleship at our Monte Pou Kris seminary conference in March. Read more »
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It had been many months since Climbing For Christ had visited the village where our entire ministry to Haiti began nearly 7 years ago. “The church was in joy waiting for me,” said missionary Miguel Rubén Guante, who represented C4C in Gentilhomme last weekend.
“The church felt very blessed. Example, it was about one month that there was not rain. The corn and beans are perish(ing) by the dry season, and once I arrive there it start to rain from (Saturday) night and (Sunday).”
The church at Gentilhomme on Sunday, June 17.
Miguel returned from the mountain... Read more »
While waiting for funds to rescue Saintela, the Haitian woman with a large tumor in her mouth [see April 9 below], another medical emergency arose. Pastor Emilio (“Blanco”) Setoute of the church at Jimani has been extremely ill since early May. Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante took Blanco to the hospital in Santo Domingo for tests.
Pastor “Blanco” before going to the hospital.
“It sounds like Blanco has hyperthyroidism,” said Dr. Steve Quakenbush of Cañon City, CO, USA, who has served on five Mission: Haiti expeditions. “He will pro... Read more »
Bananas, planted about six weeks ago at the church at Malasi, are growing well.
Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante visited Malasi on Sunday after teaching our monthly seminary in Thoman on Saturday. He reports that “the bananas are growing well.” Coffee plants are not doing as well because it has been dry.
“The church is fine — more than 100 people were there (for worship),” Miguel said. “I preached on Daniel 3 to show the church we need something more than to go to church. We need (believers) like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to serve God and to ... Read more »
Unloading fertilizer purchased for the church at Malasi.
Missionary Miguel was able to purchase 15 bags of fertilizer at US$31 per bag in his hometown of Thiotte to be delivered to Malasi to apply to coffee, bananas and seeds planted at the church. Climbing For Christ could have purchased twice as much fertilizer for that price if we'd had the funding available.
“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
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The monthly seminary — an essential part of Mission: Haiti — was delayed in April by a lack of funding. Missionary Miguel finally was able to travel to Thoman to teach the April seminary on Saturday, May 12. “The seminary was good,” he said. “There were 14 people: two pastors and 12 (church) leaders.”
The topic was “Searching for a sorcerer,” based on Psalm 1:1-3 (“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked …”).
“We, as Christians, don’t need anything else (other) than God,” Miguel taug... Read more »
About 400 banana plants were delivered and planted this week on the hill below the church at Malasi. “The people are in joy to sow and take care of the farm with Pastor Vilcuis,” missionary Miguel reported. Read more »
Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante returned to Malasi last week as we had planned during our March mission trip to Haiti. He delivered 252 coffee plants, which were purchased with a financial gift from the children at First United Methodist Church in Cañon City, CO, USA. The coffee plants were only the first part of an agricultural plan for the church at Malasi. In addition to coffee, Miguel is having 400 banana plants prepared for delivery this week. The rainy season is upon the Chaine de la Selle range and farmers are busy planting.
Pastor Vilcuis of Malasi sowing coffee p... Read more »
There is a great medical need in Haiti. Here's a message from Steve Quakenbush of Cañon City, CO, USA, who has served as the team doctor conducting medical clinics on the past five Evangelic Expeditions to Haiti, including Mission: Haiti 2012 last month:
It was a joy, during our recent trip to Haiti, to learn that Carmen was healed! Carmen was the church member from Thoman who had an end-stage obstructive oral tumor. Thanks to friends of Climbing For Christ, Carmen had been transported to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for a curative surgical procedure. Carmen was near death, but... Read more »
Worship in the church at Malasi on March 18. (Photo by Gary Fallesen)
By Gary Fallesen
Founding President, Climbing For Christ
Haitian missionary Miguel Rubén Guante looks at the churches of Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ in Creole) and sees a people with “little faith.” Few, he claims, are 100-percent Christian. Some are 95 percent, some 60 percent, some 15 percent. When needs overwhelm them, they do not trust completely in Christ, but turn to what their culture has provided since Haiti became a nation in 1804: voodoo.
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U.S. team members traveled back to the States and their homes today and tonight. It began with a five-hour drive from the border to Santo Domingo, followed by flights to New York City and then to respective home airports.
Haitian missionary Miguel was not as fortunate as our U.S. group. Shortly after dropping the team at the airport, “the God truck” broke down again. It was not repaired until mid-day Friday. He was able to return to his home in Jimani Friday evening. “I'm in joy between my difficulties,” Miguel said, giving praise to the Lord. We are praying for G... Read more »
We said our goodbyes and prayed for Malasi before hitting the “road” — rocky dirt roads that lead to mostly dry river beds all running downhill out of the Chaine de la Selle mountains in southeastern Haiti.
The two vehicles — “the God truck” driven by Miguel and Janelle’s tap-tap — made the six-hour-plus drive to the border without incident. However, we were delayed by another tap-tap that broke down on the one-lane road leading through the mountains.
The “road” down from Malasi. The start of a six-hour-plus drive.
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Two kites flew in the sky over the church at Malasi and schoolgirls jumped rope as Eileen played with the children on a windy but sunny day. Down the hill, dozens upon dozens of people stood in a perpetual line to get in the EMT to see Dr. Steve on the final day of medical clinics. Up and over the next hill, Miguel and Joshua helped a group of women plant corn and beans.
This was a mission moment in time that God planned before time began. It was a precious moment on our last full day in Malasi.
People waiting in the Malasi sun to be seen by Dr. Steve on last day of medical clinic.
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Jordan (with Rosie, left, and Eileen) leading the children in song at Bible school.
Jordan and Eileen taught Bible school, opening in song with the Mission: Haiti standard, “I Am a Friend of God,” and then putting on two puppet plays. The first was a review of last year, when the puppets Bob and Anna taught about sanitation and dental hygiene. The second was the story of King Josiah from 2 Kings 22.
“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left,” it says in 2 Kings 22:2 of J... Read more »