The church at Malasi.
We worshiped for 3½ hours with about 150 brothers and sisters in Christ at the church at Malasi. The first two hours were spent in song as individuals and small groups of people lived out the words shared from Psalm 100: “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.”
I then had the privilege of introducing each member of our team, who took turns sharing encouragement (through Rosie’s translation) with the church. The Holy Spirit wove our words together as we shared a message of love and thankfulness.
Joshua started our tea... Read more »
Crowds gather outside the Eric Memorial Tent to attend another day of medical clinics. The mission house and God truck are in the background.
Dr. Steve and Co. treated at least twice as many people on Day 2 of the medical clinic — probably 150 or more. They administered more vaccines, and saw scores of pregnant women and babies, a 6-year-old with pneumonia, and children with the usual skin problems. Everyone left the EMT with crackers to eat and water to drink thanks to a financial gift from an anonymous donor in Steve, Pastor Don, Eileen and Lisa's church in Canon City, CO, US... Read more »
“We started this work by God's power,” Miguel said at breakfast, meaning it was God alone who delivered the entire team to Malasi despite constant attacks by the enemy.
With that — and lots of prayer — we began our first day of seminary conference teachings and the first day of medical clinics under the big top that is the Eric Memorial Tent.
Jordan teaching about evangelism with Rosie translating at start of seminary conference.
Jordan, Pastor Don and Joshua taught about evangelism and discipleship to a group of 15 pastors and leaders from six churches. ... Read more »
Another day, another dart from the devil. This time it was the brakes on our Haitian friend Janelle’s tap-tap (a truck used for public transportation).
With “the God truck” broken down in Thoman we moved all the people and bags into Janelle’s big vehicle and drove about four hours. The truck broke down in Foret des Pins.
We were bringing vaccines for polio and diphtheria/tetanus/whooping cough. The vaccines, which were in coolers, might not be good after today. So several members from the team hiked about six miles to Malasi.
The team gave 56 children vaccines.
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Approaching the Dominican border.
The border crossing from the Dominican Republic into Haiti went without incident, which was an answer to prayer considering the border was closed for several days last week and there have been recent “incidents” between Dominicans and Haitians. However, the enemy was still able to hit us with another dart: the God truck broke down as we were reaching Thoman this evening. After working on it for about six hours, we determined that it could not be fixed without additional help, and are making camp inside the Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ) chur... Read more »
There have been obstacles seemingly every day of late for our team. “Satan just keeps throwing darts,” Dr. Steve said as we endured today’s roadblock — trouble with Dominican customs.
“Is God putting us to the test?” our Haitian missionary Miguel asked after we were reunited at the Santo Domingo airport. “No. God knows we are here to do good.”
And so does the enemy.
It took us longer to clear customs (5 ½ hours) than it took to fly from New York City to Santo Domingo (3 ½ hours). Customs officials went through our ... Read more »
Six U.S. members of the Mission: Haiti team gathered in New York City this afternoon for a focused time of spiritual training. We viewed Louie Giglio's “God's Passion for God's Glory” DVD and discussed the HIStory of Climbing For Christ and what God desires for us to do in Haiti. The consensus is that we are going to make an eternal difference, to show the love of Christ in very real ways and to teach the people about the Jesus who yearns for them to turn from the ways of previous generations. All for God's glory!
We waited for the evening arrival of our last U... Read more »
NASA isn’t the only one with an international space station. God has blessed Climbing For Christ with a “Space Station” of its own.
This Space Station is a Base Camp dome tent made by Mountain Hardwear and provided by the Lord to do medical missions in places such as Haiti. Our Mission: Haiti team will christen the “Eric Memorial Tent” (or EMT) this week in the Chaine de la Selle mountains.
“The tent sounds amazing. Praise God!” said Dr. Steve Quakenbush, who is going on his fifth Mission: Haiti to conduct medical clinics and teach. Steve, along with... Read more »
Eighteen pastors and church leaders attended our monthly seminary this weekend in Malasi. Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante taught a study on heaven that was prepared by Climbing For Christ spiritual coordinator Jordan Rowley. Jordan will head up a three-day seminary conference during the upcoming Mission: Haiti.
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Special “THANKS!” to Ava, a young lady from Climbing For Christ staff member Jordan Rowley's home church in Rochester, NY, USA. Ava presented Jordan with a check for US$150, which she raised last summer at a yard sale, to help us with the work in Haiti. Read more »
The first 1,000 blocks have been put in place after excavation of the land upon which the church at Jimani is being built. Columns are been constructed and missionary Miguel Rubén Guante has rebar ready to finish this build. “We stopped until (the Mission: Haiti 2012 team comes) and God provides more money for the roof and to finish,” Miguel said. Read more »
The month of January brought a new start to a church-building project in the Haitian community living in the Dominican border town of Jimani. This is where Climbing For Christ Dominican Republic and the mission to Haiti is based; it is home to missionary Miguel Rubén Guante.
The Monte Pou Kris (Climbing For Christ in Creole) church at Jimani is our fourth Haitian church. We have been blessed to have the construction funded by First United Methodist Church of Canon City, CO, USA. First United Methodist is the home church for four of the members of next month's Mission: Haiti 2012: Pas... Read more »
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12). Missionary Miguel Rubén Guante visited the church at Malasi and preached about forgiveness. He said there were many people attending, including some visiting from a church in Fond Verrettes.
In Malasi, there were 159 adults and children worshiping the Lord in 2011.
“The people were in joy for the visit and the news about the C4C mission (in March) and the (possible) water mission,” Miguel said. Climbing For Christ has applied for assistance from an international organization th... Read more »
The Haitian church at Jimani — the Dominican border town where our missionary Miguel Rubén Guante lives with his family and in community with hundreds of Haitians — worshiped New Year's eve to say goodbye to 2011 and “receive the New Year with singing, praising, and (giving thanks) to God.”
“I hope He will help us with our purpose for the year,” Miguel said. “To me, the big purpose is to bring more people to Christ this year.”
Our prayer is to lead the people out of darkness into His wonderful light — eradicating the grip Satan... Read more »
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 »
“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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »