Kilimanjaro holds a special place in the formation and growth of Climbing For Christ. As Gary Fallesen was training to climb Kilimanjaro in 1998, God spoke to him and told him to start a Christian climbing organization. From that meeting on a road, Climbing For Christ was eventually born. In the original “Mission: Vision,” written in 2004, Kilimanjaro was identified as a “model mission,” where we could serve the hundreds of guides and porters and reach tens of thousands of trekkers.
In 2007, our first short-term team went to Kilimanjaro. As always, God had gone before us and prepared the way. A pastor and a church were waiting to help us do His work in Tanzania. In 2008, we returned and started the Kilimanjaro Chapter. More than 75 guides and porters joined. Our goal: to reach other guides and porters with the life-saving message of Jesus Christ and to be a witness to trekkers who visit from throughout the world. In 2010, a team was sent to teach the guides and porters about evangelism. On this trip we also followed the Lord's leading and ventured south to Malawi, where God used us to rescue an orphanage.
The work continues to this day.