“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of
you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross,
and follow me.’”
– Matthew 16:24 (NLT)
Monday, January 10, 2022
Teaching to put a floor in the houses in the mountains of Haiti. (Photo by C4CNG)
We have watched, time and again, as villagers in the majority world sweep the ground. Yes, they sweep the dirt. To those of us with carpeting or rugs or hardwood flooring in our homes, it seems like an exercise in futility. But cleanliness is next to godliness, and you sweep whatever is underfoot.
One of the highlights of the work done in Haiti in 2021 by Climbing For Christ’s New Generation was a “ceramics” workshop. The goal was to teach people in two villages in the Chaine de la Selle mountains how to make and place tiles over the dirt that they call “the floor.”
This workshop will be repeated this year – along with another hugely successful event, a medical mission like the one conducted by C4CNG last August. There is much to teach in Haiti: to believe in one true God and not vodou; to send children to school; hygiene; first-aid; better farming, and more.
Climbing For Christ has been providing instruction, prayer, and support in the mountains of Haiti since 2005. The New Generation took over where we left off in 2014 (after the dismissal of our previous indigenous worker). Gilbert Lindor, the youth God used us to rescue from the jaws of death in 2007, is now the young man we are supporting through medical school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (he is on schedule to graduate in 2024).
Gilbert leads the New Generation, which boasts numerous active members in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. C4CNG oversees schools in four Haitian villages where hundreds of children are receiving an education that was previously unavailable. They conduct teacher training every other month so the 15 teachers paid by C4C can be better instructors. This is all because of Gilbert’s experience – starting school at the age of 10 after God sent Climbing For Christ to his home village to build a church that doubled as a school. He learned to read, to write, and now he is learning to be a doctor.
Equipping, empowering, and encouraging nationals to serve the Lord is what we do. Watching Gilbert and our brothers and sisters in C4CNG carry on work God used us to start gives us a sense of accomplishment. May this work continue until it reaches completion.
PROVERBS 16:9 MOMENTS: Lord willing, C4CNG will conduct three mission trips, including a medical mission, and do another ceramics workshop. There also are monthly visits to the four schools supported by Climbing For Christ and bi-monthly teacher workshops. We are planning to again bring Gilbert to Colorado, where he received a new prosthetic leg in 2020.
Nationality: USA. Occupation: Retired arborist. Missions with C4C: Nepal 2012 and 2014, and Peru 2021.
How long have you climbed? My first true experience was during Mission: Nepal 2012. Type of climbing you do: Mostly hiking. Highlight of climbing career: Mission: Nepal 2012 and 2014.
Nationality: USA. Occupation: Collegiate minister with Christian Challenge at Fort Lewis College, Climbing For Christ Western Slope Coordinator, ski instructor. Missions with C4C: Peru 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2020; Philippines 2013 and 2014, and “Possible” 2009, 2010 and 2011. ...
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, 2017, 2018 and 2019; Kilimanjaro 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 201...
Edwin Milla, right, on the summit of Huascarán, Peru’s tallest mountain at 22,205 feet (6,768 meters). Nationality: Peruvian. Occupation: Mountain guide. Missions with C4C: Peru 2011, 2013, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2021. How long have you climbed? Since 15 years of age. Types of cli...
Nationality: American. Occupation: Collegiate Disciple Maker, Encourager & Backcountry trip leader. Missions with C4C: Peru 2015, 2017 and 2018; Philippines 2013 and 2014, and Mission: Possible 6. How long have you climbed? Since childhood. Type of climbing you do: Hiking, backpacki...
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