DISPATCHES: Kilimanjaro (Tuesday, March 19)
By Gary Fallesen
President, Climbing For Christ
Saidi, left, and Mohamed during a rest stop on the trail.
Saidi and Mohamed led us out of the Machame Hut and directly uphill for about 1,200 vertical feet to start Day 2 on Kilimanjaro. We trekked another 3.5 miles, gaining nearly 3,000 feet before dropping down to Shira Camp at 12,630 feet (3,850 meters). We were on the trail for about five hours and reached camp just before the rain began.
Saidi, 42, who helped guide us in 2007 and befriended my son Jesse, is guiding for only the seventh time this season. After 22 years working on Kilimanjaro, he was able to purchase a large farm toward the coast and move his family (wife and four children) to live there. The farm could be prosperous, but Saidi still needs help buying a tractor (US$9,000 used). Join me in praying that God would provide and Saidi would realize the true Source of this heaven-sent assistance.
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.
God began enlarging our borders in Haiti in 2005 and 2006 and in Tanzania in 2007. Then He took us to Indonesia in June 2007. While on Mission: Indonesia 2007, we spoke at an outdoor worship of Jakarta’s Abbalove East Church. The service was held in Pasir Mukti, West Java. During this time of worship we welcomed JEJAK as Climbing For Christ’s first chapter outside of the United States. We presented a ministry banner to members of JEJAK, an acronym for following in the footsteps of Jesus. Mission: Indonesia 2007 was the first of three Evangelic Expeditions (to date) to the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
“Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!’ And God granted what he asked.” – 1 Chronicles 4:10 (ESV)
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