DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Sunday, March 17)
By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ
“And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.” - Luke 22:43 (ESV)
I shared during worship an email I received yesterday about a house pastor in China who'd been arrested and beaten. The pastor testified that he was prepared for the incident by the visit of an angel. “Angels appear to give us strength,” he wrote. “And so all the time I was being taken to the police station in a cramped van, I was repeating the words of the angel to me, 'I will help you because He loves you.'”
I told the large Swahili service at the Lyangoro Lutheran Church that I know angels to be real from my own experiences in China. I then preached that God's angels will surround the people here in Marangu, Tanzania because He loves His people. I closed by praying for His angels to surround and protect the families here.
Pastor Mosha, who has partnered with us since 2007, speaks to the church at the close of worship. “Mungu Ni Pendo. Atupenda” means “God is love. He loves us.”
Pastor Mosha, who was translating, said this message was from the Holy Spirit. It was just what was needed, he said.
Pastor Mosha told the church it was a timely message because of the persecution that has begun in Tanzania: the recent beheading of a pastor in the northwest and more attacks and the murder of a priest on Zanzibar. He said the people needed to hear that they can pray for and expect protection from God's angels.
He also told the second (Chagga) service about this message while introducing our team. Michael Heitland preached during this service, talking about self-denial for the sake of God. He told them about fasting, which they don't do here, and how hunger reminds him of his need for God. Pastor Carey Mtui, an American woman originally from Newark, Ohio, but a chaplain in an area hospital the past six years, translated for Michael.
After worship, Michael had an opportunity to share the ministry the Lord has blessed him with (Equipping Saints For Ministry) in a meeting of eight pastors from Marangu-area churches. Then we returned to Moshi to meet with Saidi, who will guide us at the start of our Kilimanjaro trek on Monday. Saidi was with us in 2007.
While preparing to climb Kilimanjaro in 1998, God instructed me to start a Christian climbing organization that would become Climbing For Christ (C4C). We are celebrating the 15th anniversary of this event by sharing special God moments in the life of His ministry.
Bill Hybels was closing the 2012 Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit in Chicago, IL, talking – as he often does – about how the local church is the hope of the world.
He quoted Matthew 16:18. This has been one of the life verses of Climbing For Christ since God first used us to build a church in Gentilhomme, Haiti in 2006.
Hybels said Jesus is building His church and Jesus is protecting His church. As he talked I felt God speaking to my heart. The Lord said: “Build the church and build churches.” That is what Climbing For Christ is about – building (enlarging) the body of Christ and constructing structures in which this body of believers will worship and glorify our Great God!
Pastor Luterne's joy overflows in front of the church God used Climbing For Christ to build in Thoman, Haiti in 2010.
We have been blessed to facilitate the building of the following churches:
- Gentilhomme, Haiti (2006)
- Malasi, Haiti (2010)
- Thoman, Haiti (2010)
- Dapcha, Nepal (2011)
- Korchabang, Nepal (2012)
- Milatu, Mozambique (built in 2012 with finishing touches in 2013)
- Chalhua, Peru (scheduled to be built May 2013)
- Jimani, Dominican Republic (prayerfully to be completed in 2013)
- Mare Pitre, Haiti (temporary structure planned in 2013)
- Kathmandu, Nepal (2013 – God willing)
- Where next, Lord?
You can help build His church by praying for the construction of more houses of worship and giving financially. Send support to Climbing For Christ, PO Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA or CLICK HERE to give online via PayPal.
“… on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 (ESV)
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